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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

written by Sara Nickerson, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

Margaret's father has been dead four years. He was a champion swimmer who drowned. Now Margaret's mother chain smokes, bites her fingernails, and sleeps all weekend --- every weekend. Margaret and her little sister Sophie know that they can't mention their father.

There's something they don't know, though. Why is their mother trying to sell an old mansion on a beautiful island that Margaret and Sophie didn't even know they owned? Why can't they move into it? It's right next to the water, with its own canoe and everything. Supposedy no one is living there, but Margaret has seen something mysterious moving in the window.

Then there are the comic books about a rat-man and the Drowning Ghost. These comic books appear anonymously every night inside of a locked library run by a mysterious librarian. They tell a fascinating story. Boyd, who lives next door to the mansion, reads these comics faithfully, and he believes every word.

Margaret thinks that's weird, but lots of things on the island are weird. For example, it's really unexplainable what Margaret sees when she enters the mansion. Then something chases her and Boyd through the woods. They don't want to see whatever it is. Sometimes new editions of the comics appear, featuring Margaret, Boyd, and Sophie. The comics tell about things that really happened to them, and things that might.

If these comics are true, then every full moon the rat-man and the Drowning Ghost meet for a battle. Why do they fight? Can only one win? Boyd says that both of them used to be real people. Are they, still?

Mystery piles on mystery in this book, and it becomes very important that Margaret, Sophie, and Boyd find out two things. How can you disappear completely, never to be found? And, when it becomes a matter of life and death, can somebody still find you?

Reviewed by Tamara Penny on April 16, 2002

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
written by Sara Nickerson, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

  • Publication Date: April 16, 2002
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • ISBN-10: 0060297719
  • ISBN-13: 9780060297718