Monday, August 13, 2012
WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
Cullen Witter lives in a small Arkansas town changed forever when a famous ornithologist believes he has spotted a long extinct woodpecker. All the excitement about the bird eclipses the fact that Cullen's cousin recently OD'd and his younger brother has simply vanished. Cullen watches as his parents and his aunt mourn their losses while at the same time he tries to hold himself together.
The other storyline in WHERE THINGS COME BACK begins with Benton Sage, a young missionary. Readers will follow him to college and his eventual disillusionment with religion. After his suicide, his roommate Cabot and his problems become the focus.
Death, disappearance, lost love, and a town hoping to make history combine to create a unique story that will keep readers hooked until the final page. I can see why this one won the 2012 Michael L. Printz award.