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Valerie Sherrard.  Searching for Yesterday
Dundurn $12.99  ISBN 978-1-55002-788-4  224 pg.
Reviewed by Samantha, Age 12

Annie and I were on our feet by then and when Lenny motioned for us to move, we did what we were told. He herded us over to where Brandon was standing and then, after glancing at his car and apparently deciding against stuffing us in there, he ordered us inside the foundry.

Searching for Yesterday is a story that takes place in this time period (twenty-first century) and is about a seventeen-year-old girl, Shelby Belgarden. Shelby decides to take up a project during the Christmas holidays; become friends with the quiet and lonely girl in her class, Annie Berkley. Annie seems to be just an average girl. She is an okay athlete, gets good grades, spends time reading, just normal teenage stuff. Although, she has no friends because nobody has taken the time to really get to know her. Not for long!

Shelby gets up the courage to set her project in motion by going to Annie’s foster home, trying to make friends. As soon as she spends a few minutes in Annie’s bedroom, she learns Annie’s haunting secret; Annie’s mother, Gina Berkley, abandoned her when Annie was just four years old. Also, Annie has no idea where or who her father is-or where her mother might be. Shelby, having a knack for solving mysteries, decides she will help Annie uncover the truth, bringing up a case that is nearly thirteen years old. With the help of Gina’s old friends, and Shelby’s boyfriend, the girls begin to unravel the mystery. Soon they are faced with shocking truths, unbelievable causes, and even a murder may be at hand. 

I really enjoyed this book. The whole thing kept me on the edge of my seat. Suspenseful. Entertaining. Shocking. The ending will wow you, and Sherrard’s style will keep chills running through your body from the very first page to the last. I recommend Searching for Yesterday to readers twelve and up. Some parts were mature and involved kissing.

Overall, Searching for Yesterday is a great book. I give it five stars.   


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