Afterward

Jennifer Mathieu. Roaring Brook, $17.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-62672-238-5
In a sensitive portrait of trauma and recovery, a kidnapping kindles an unlikely friendship. Caroline Anderson's 11-year-old younger brother, Dylan, disappeared from in front of the family's Texas home only to be found four days later in a man's apartment. Dylan isn't the only one there: also present is 15-year-old Ethan Jorgenson, who vanished four years earlier. Dylan, who has autism, can't say much about what went on during his brief time with his captor, but Ethan's head is full of painful buried memories. Alternating between Caroline and Ethan's perspectives, Mathieu (Devoted) explores both the effects of trauma—it's clear without being explicit that Ethan suffered some form of sexual abuse—and the role that class plays in recovery, with Ethan's parents able to pay for extensive therapy. Drawn to each other, Caroline and Ethan develop a bond that's initially music-centric and becomes something deeper. It's a fully realized story of what happens after the news cameras fade away and the real work of moving forward begins. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah LaPolla, Bradford Literary. (Sept.)

This review has been updated to reflect current agent information.

Reviewed on: 08/22/2016
Release date: 09/20/2016
Genre: Children's
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