Stella Parfitt lives with her mother, Terri, in a community that is very tight-knit, save for one mysterious family, the Hendersons. When toddler Jane Henderson goes missing, the neighborhood suspects the family until some startling information is uncovered about Terri. Anne Cassidy uses flashbacks that enable Stella to discover secrets about her mother's past, and Nicky Talacko portrays Stella as an ordinary teenager who slowly begins to piece together the news, allowing a creeping sense of disbelief and horror. Talacko has some fun with the gossiping know-it-all neighbors, but her ominous performance as Stella makes Forget Me Not truly memorable.
©2009 Anne Cassidy ; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
"A tale about child abduction...handled compassionately and will grip teenage readers." (The Bookseller)
"Stella has no way of knowing the effect the disappearance of a neighbor's child will have on her life. She also learns about her mom's childhood - when a toddler disappeared while in her care. The stories intertwine, but history does not repeat itself. Nicky Talacko portrays the teenaged Stella, capturing her highs and lows as she struggles to understand how her life has been turned upside down. Talacko brings alive the cattiness of the neighbors, who don't really know much about what has happened but are willing to act as if they know for certain. She depicts Stella's subtle impatience in dealing with adults and her uncertainty in dealing with her boyfriend. Overall, Talacko delivers a strong narration." (AudioFile)
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