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Thea and her dad are always on the move, from one small Cariboo town to another, trying to leave behind the pain of Thea's mom's death. They never stay long enough in one place for Thea to make friends, but when her dad gets work renovating a guest ranch on Gumboot Lake, she dares to hope that their wandering days are over. At the ranch she makes friends with Van, a local boy, and works hard to build the trust of an abused horse named Renegade. When Thea unearths the decades-old story of a four-year-old girl who disappeared from the ranch and was never seen again, she enlists Van to help her solve the mystery. When some disturbing facts come to light, she finally starts to come to terms with the losses in her own life.
ISBN: 9781554693450
Characteristics: 179 pages ;,20 cm.


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Jul 14, 2018

Wonderful Canadian mystery set in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. This book is ideal for a tween, teen, or even an older reader. It's a lot better than many adult mysteries I've read this year!
It has everything a young reader will enjoy: a horse, a mystery, and a little romance. Only 178 pages means it is a great summer holiday read.

Jan 25, 2018

Thea has a lot on her plate in this mystery novel. Missing her deceased mother, moving from town to town, the horses she loves to ride… but then she realizes that she still has a chance to live her life to the fullest. At another one of her dad’s temporary jobs, she makes friends and learns of a decades old mystery that will shake her world and the people she knew in it. This is a great mystery for the younger audiences as it provides just the right amount of suspense with reality to appeal to them. Horse lovers, get ready for a book about your favourite animals that ISN’T based on a racetrack! Rating 4/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

SPL_Kids Jun 24, 2016

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Jan 12, 2015

This was a very enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down. I would say that it is one of my favourites!

hunger_games_rox Jun 08, 2013

I voted for this book! I loved it!!!! I couldn't put it down! this book sadly came in 2nd place! but it should have won! its a must read!! :)

Apr 25, 2013

“Missing” taught me that life can be hard at times but there’s always some way to figure it out. Thea can never find a permanent place to live with her dad. She can’t seem to make friends because she isn’t there long enough. In this book Thea finds a mystery and unravels it with her new friend Van. The story is a very hard way to live and I think that it’s very sad. But life is life there’s nothing we can do about it.

Apr 24, 2013

I thought that this book was amazing because it wasn't to long and it also had a mystery in it without completely devoting the whole book to finding Livia it also focused on other things. I would have liked it more if Van was in the last scene with Chloe and Thea. For most of the book I thought that Marrion was Livia and she had somehow survived but she turned out to be Iris and I loved the twist ending!

Apr 22, 2013

It is so cool because I like horses and I LOVE mysteries so it was a mix of both so in my opinion:AWESOME!!!!!

Apr 22, 2013

Missing is such a good book!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I found out how Livia was missing but it was really sad that Eris died. But I still liked the book very much it was like that Becky Citra was Thea because she lives on a ranch in Bridge Lake and she trained horses for 30 years

Apr 19, 2013

This was a very interesting and exiting book! I felt bad for Thea, because she never had a stable home and she kept having to move around and she never really had friends, but when i finished the book i felt happy for her, that everything finally started to work out! I also loved how you also had to try to figure out how Livia died! A lot of the events in the book were unexpected so it always made you want to keep reading! Also I liked how it included a little bit of closure on how Thea's mom died,and how she always loved Thea, and left her Dad not her! Overall it was very good, and very exiting!

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Jan 12, 2015

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Jul 10, 2013

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SPL_Kids Jun 24, 2016

Too many things are missing from Thea’s life right now. She and her father miss her mother, who died four long years ago. Thea misses having a real home – she and her dad are always moving now, from one British Columbia town to another, “trying to leave the past behind.” They never remain in a community long enough for Thea to establish friendships and a sense of home. Thea feels the loss of the close companionship she used to have with her dad before the tragedy, and she misses riding the horses which used to be so much a part of the family’s life before her mom was killed by a horse.
Now her dad has another temporary job – this time, at a new resort ranch on Gumboot Lake. From their arrival, Thea loves the ranch. She hopes that they might stay there, working with Renegade, an injured horse for which Thea is helping to care. She starts to make friends, like Van, a local boy, and Chloe. She even starts to feel that she is fitting in at school. Then Thea discovers that a mysterious tragedy happened long ago on the ranch, under former owners. She is intrigued – as is Van, whose grandfather was implicated. They begin to work together to clear his name and solve the mystery, and before long, Thea realizes that she has put down roots on the ranch. She cares very much about its future, about Renegade, about Van and his family, and about finding the answers to the mystery.
Can Thea somehow convince her dad that it’s time to settle down, at Gumboot Lake, instead of moving on once again?
This quiet, compelling story, involving a very likeable heroine, was written by Canadian author Becky Citra.
** Recommended for ages 10 to 13 years.


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