Here is the summary, from the National Book Award Site:
Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best.Usually if good, award-type books don't move it is because I haven't read them so can't add my personal touch to the recommendation. But I've read and like this book. I've tried a bunch of techniques that usually work to encourage circulation. Here are a few things I've tried:
- Adding it to a display of new books on the top of the book shelf.
- Book-talking it when classes come in for their new free-reading choice.
- Sticking a LUCKY DAY bookmark in it and assuring students who select these "special" books will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the month.
- Gushing about it when I get a chance.
One thought I had is that I might be marketing it to the wrong crowd. Perhaps a book about a 12-year old isn't a good choice for high school students. Maybe I should just make this book available to one of the middle school librarians. But even though the girl is twelve, the plot doesn't feel young or immature. Hmm. Maybe I should flat out beg a kid to read it, bribe them with chocolate or something and ask for their opinion. Or maybe I should just tuck it away on the shelf and let the right reader come to it.
Whatever I decide to do, I think the book is very good and do recommend it. You read it and let me know what you think.
Rosoff, Meg. Picture Me Gone. New York: Penguin Books, 2013. Print.