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. Volume XIX Number 17. . . .January 4, 2013
<Vanish is Spafford-Fitz’s (Dog Walker) second book for the “Orca Currents” series. Friendship is all Simone wants now that she’s started attending a new school in Edmonton. Her old friends are ignoring her, and her new classmates are not making any effort to include her. During her Leadership Studies class though, she befriends a kindergartener named Lily. Simone helps Lily create a career picture, play games, and learn her home address and phone number. The fact that this last task proves difficult for Lily is a clue about her past. This story about child abduction has a twist at the end, but it is a happy ending for the friends. Lily reconnects with her dad, and Simone finds a way to spend more time with Lily. The trust that developed between the two friends saves Lily from a future of unhappiness and confusion. The author is accurate in her portrayal of the popular yet mean “Runway Girls” found in every school; yet, in this story, the popular boy is smart enough to stay away from them. He learns about true friendship from Simone. Although the cover of this book didn’t match the descriptions of the main characters (Lily is not wearing pink, and Simone looks much older than a grade eight student), Vanish is a reluctant reader book (RL 3.7) that should be in libraries.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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