A few pages into The Leaving I told my secretary to hold all my calls. Then I realised I didn't have a secretary and that I was talking to the toaster.
The point is, The Leaving is so engrossing, you won't want to have anyone or anything distract you from the end.
It's tense and dreamy with an air of mystery on every page. Six children, all five years old, vanish out of thin air. There are no witnesses, other than someone that says they saw a small bus parked behind the school the day they went missing.
Eleven years later, five of the six children return, dropped off on the side of the road. They have no memories of where they have been or who they're supposed to be.
Their parents and friends have been spending eleven years trying to move on, so it's an understatement to say that their sudden return is a shock.
The police are called, psychiatrists are called, the news hounds their every move. The teens remember nothing, not even each other. However, slowly but surely, little pieces of what happened to them starts to emerge.
It's difficult to write any more without spoiling the entire thing. I found this novel very easy and fun to read, it kept me guessing until the last few chapters and I enjoyed the characters. Dealing with a missing child is a parent's worst nightmare and I feel the reaction of the adults was well thought out. I'm not sure the teens would be more interested in who kissed who while they were missing but maybe they would, I don't know, I'm not a teenager. Overall I think this book will be very popular with the teens at my school.
I recommend The Leaving to Years 10 and up!