Tuesday, June 2, 2009

YA Review: "The Year We Disappeared" by Cylin Busby and John Busby (rated 5 stars)

by Cylin Busby

This poignant memoir, told in alternating chapters from father to daughter, describes the year in which life completely changed for the Busby family. John Busby, an officer for the Falmouth police department, was shot and nearly killed by the town mob man, Ray Meyer. The family goes from being well-liked and out-going to outcasts once the investigators realize that this was the attempted murder of a police officer. They build a wired fence around their property, are given a dangerous police dog and are under surveillance and protection by the police department 24 hours a day. The strain and stress of the shooting and all its after affects nearly destroy Officer Busby as well as his family.

It is a real page turner. I could not put it down. I am not sure why it is considered YA but I think, for 9th grade and up, it is a very intriguing read.

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