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From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on March 1, 2013 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545299888
ISBN-13: 9780545299886
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  • 11hh
    11hhThursday, September 3, 2015 at 7:41 am55 stars
    it looked intreasting and then i read the first chapter and i got pulled in to it its one of the best book ive read in a long time i never read any mystery books at all now it i want to read more mystery books
    • mcowell
      mcowellFriday, May 15, 2015 at 7:42 am
      It is confusing but it has a great story line at the same time. : )
      • trmoore
        Mrs. MooreSunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:51 am
        Possible 2014 Newbery Award