A girl who can see the past tries to save the future in this compelling tween mystery.
Check out The Disappearance of Emily H, read a Q&A with the author, Barrie Summy, and enter to win a copy of the book! (US only, ends 6/23)
About the Book
A girl is missing. Three girls are lying. One girl can get to the truth.
Emily Huvar vanished without a trace. And the clues are right beneath Raine’s fingertips. Literally. Raine isn’t like other eighth graders. One touch of a glittering sparkle that only Raine can see, and she’s swept into a memory from the past. If she touches enough sparkles, she can piece together what happened to Emily.
When Raine realizes that the cliquey group of girls making her life miserable know more than they’re letting on about Emily’s disappearance, she has to do something. She’ll use her supernatural gift for good... to fight evil.
But is it too late to save Emily?
Q&A with Barrie Summy
Read Now Sleep Later: Emily's disappearance is so sinister--how do you balance the seriousness of this topic for the "Age 10 and up" audience?
Barrie Summy: To be honest, it was a bit of a juggling act. The Disappearance of Emily H. is a little more eerie than the i so don't do mystery series, and I was constantly questioning when to rein things in. To lighten the story, I tried to weave in everyday activities (group projects at school, walking the dog, mealtime), humor, and a little romance.
RNSL: A group of girls gangs up on Raine as she's trying to figure out what happened to Emily H. In constructing this interaction, was it informed by personal experience or observing others going through bullying?
BS: Good question. The bullying subplot was fed mostly by my daughter and her friend, who were both in eighth grade when I was writing this book. They were trapped in the car with me, driving to and from dance lessons, and we talked a lot (probably ad nauseam for them!) about the bullying they saw/heard about at school, what would feel like bullying to them, what wouldn't, right down to specific incidents. The girls were incredibly helpful.
RNSL: When you were the age that your readers are now, what were you into? Mysteries? Reading and/or writing? Magic? None or all of the above?
BS: I was into reading pretty much anything I could get my hands on (although I was a huge Nancy Drew fan). I was also writing--angsty diary entries, bad poetry and, oddly, clues for scavenger hunts. My parents had us (I have two sisters) in piano and skating lessons. And there were loads of kids in our neighborhood, so there were street hockey games, tag, Red Rover, and just plain hanging around.
RNSL: What was the most challenging part of writing this novel?
BS: By far, the most challenging part was the first revision when my editor wanted me to move the event that happened at the middle of the book to the 3/4 point. Ack! Suddenly, there was a great, big gaping hole in the middle of the book. There was much pacing and gnawing of nails... and finally the bullying subplot grew into something more important.
RNSL: Cake or pie? (or both?)
BS: Love this question! For me, it's pie! I really don't like cake or cupcakes or anything cakey at all. For my birthday, I always ask for a dessert other than cake.
About the Author
Barrie Summy is the author of the I So Don’t Do mystery series starring thirteen-year-old detective Sherry Holmes Baldwin and the recently released The Disappearance of Emily H. Barrie lives in Southern California with her husband, their four children, two dogs, a veiled chameleon, and a fish. There was once a dwarf hamster, but let’s not go there. Visit her online at barriesummy.com.
Blog Tour Schedule
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