Grade 8 Up—Ellie's beloved, artistic, and wild older sister disappeared two years ago. By chance, Ellie finds one of Nina's drawings in a donation box at a thrift store, and with the help of her friend Amanda, who works there, she tracks down the … see full wiki
Ellie isn't sure who she is or what her life is supposed to be now that she doesn't have her sister. Beautiful, artistic and a little wild, Nina is everything Ellie could want in an older sister. Ellie can only imagine what it must be like to be that kind of person.
Until Nina is gone. Then Ellie just wants her back. Even if two years later that is seeming less and less likely.
When Ellie finds a drawing that can only have been done by her sister, Ellie knows it's a sign. Nina is out there somewhere and this is Ellie's chance to make everything right. If she can follow the clues surely she can find Nina wherever she is and bring her home.
With the help of her mysterious crush, Ellie sets off on a road trip following Nina's trail. Along the way she'll meet some unlikely misfits and realize that she might be more like her sister than she thought in 'Wherever Nina Lies' (2009) by Lynn Weingarten.
'Wherever Nina Lies' is Weingarten's first novel. (She has since followed up with the off beat fantasy 'The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers'.)
'Wherever Nina Lies' is a fast-paced mystery that takes readers across the country and on an emotional roller coaster as Ellie unravels the truth about Nina's disappearance. Weingarten weaves a masterful mystery filled with so many twists and unexpected turns that even when I skimmed ahead I was completely floored by the shocking finish.
In addition to a thrilling, satisfying mystery 'Wherever Nina Lies' is filled with clever characters and exotic locations that bring Ellie's journey to life. Flashbacks interspersed throughout Ellie's search add a second dimension to the story as readers get a glimpse of the relationship Ellie and Nina shared as well as Ellie's regrets when it comes to her sister.
With a unique voice and a tight plot, 'Wherever Nina Lies' is a must read for readers who like a bit of suspense with their road trip adventures.
Possible Pairings: 'Frost' by Marianna Baer, The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd, Clarity by Kim Harrington, Liar by Justine Larbalestier, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, 'How to Save a Life' by Sara Zarr