By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Curriculum Subject: Personal Development: Friendship, Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Guidance/Health: Emotions
Grades: 7th & up
The happily-ever-after of Holly Goldberg Sloan’s acclaimed debut, I’ll Be There, is turned on its head in this riveting, emotional sequel about friends, enemies, and how those roles can shift in a matter of moments.
Emily Bell has it all. She’s in love with a boy named Sam Border, and his little brother has become part of her family. This summer is destined to be the best time of their lives — until a charismatic new girl in town sets her sights on Sam. Now Emily finds herself questioning the loyalty of the person she thought she could trust most.
But the biggest threat to her happiness is someone she never saw coming. Sam’s criminally insane father, whom everyone thought they’d finally left behind, is planning a jailbreak. And he knows exactly where to find Emily and his sons when he escapes… and takes his revenge.
“Destinies collide in Sloan’s thrilling sequel to her heart-wrenching I’ll Be There. The fast-paced plot, complex story lines, and compelling characters grab readers from the get-go.” — Booklist
“Lively, tender, and satisfying.” — The Horn Book
“[Delivers] an ultimately hopeful message about how friendships and families can form. Sure to be savored by fans of the first installment.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Immensely satisfying, heartfelt, and lyrical…. A truly compelling novel…. Sloan succeeds in skillfully combining the tenderness of young love, various distinct voices, and fast-paced action.” — School Library Journal
“Strong dialogue and genuine emotional concern…make this a heart-warming novel…. Definitely a book worth the read.” — VOYA