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Come Find Me
2019
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Summary
After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother's search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope--a pattern registering where no signal should transmit. In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn't been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal--a pattern coming from his brother's bedroom. Drawn together by these strange signals--and their family tragedies--Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything's connected--even their pasts--as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that's already here?
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Six months ago, two sudden deaths changed the course of 16-year-old Kennedy Jones's life. To cope, she turns to her brother Elliot's abandoned research station in their family's old barn, where he used a satellite to scan for signs of extraterrestrial life. One county over, Nolan Chandler searches for his older brother Liam, whose disappearance remains unsolved after two years. Though his parents scour missing persons reports, Nolan has a sense that the explanation may be paranormal after picking up an unusual signal in Liam's room with his EMF reader. When Kennedy posts on a technology forum about the strange signals she's picking up with Elliot's satellite, it draws Nolan and Kennedy together in their search for answers. Their individual journeys through grief are multifaceted and utterly believable, though the thread of mystery that ties them together feels muddled by the book's conclusion. This novel excels particularly in Kennedy's strained relationship with her young uncle Joe, whose unexpected guardianship Kennedy views with a nuanced mix of gratitude and reluctance. This quiet portrayal of two families rocked by tragedy is not particularly fast-paced, but the dynamics among the characters as they all search for their own version of peace is gripping all the same. This sensitive and nuanced depiction of grief in all of its forms will surely engross fans of crime stories and family dramas alike, though any readers hoping for a paranormal mystery will find those elements lacking. VERDICT A solid addition to any teen collection.-Madison Bishop, Plymouth Public Library, Kingston, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Kennedy Jones, 16, and Nolan Chandler, 17, are both searching for answers: her brother sits in jail awaiting trial for the murder of their mother; his brother took the dog for a walk and never came home. The rest of the world has accepted the obvious explanations and moved on, leaving Kennedy and Nolan to follow the trails no one else believes to follow. While Kennedy listens for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, Nolan takes a Ghostbusters approach, but when they both pick up a bizarre radio frequency, they find each other in the same online forum. When they cross paths in real life, the unexplainable signs they've been following seem to be pointing them straight to each other. Are their mysteries not just similarly devastating but cosmically entwined? As the two teens find answers some they wanted, others they feared they also find something unexpected in each other. Miranda (All the Missing Girls, 2016) has created a compelling pair of protagonists, filled with heartfelt angst and relentless tenacity. Her latest book for young adults ages the kids from Stranger Things and puts them in Gillian Flynn's Dark Places for a smart, dark, and ultimately hopeful story of the power of belief. This delivers on every level of tension and storytelling and will draw readers into its pages as strongly as it draws its protagonists together.--Eleanor Roth Copyright 2018 Booklist
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