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FC: Brenna Johnston Pd. 1 English I

1: Missing

2: Author: Catherine MacPhail Mystery/suspense

3: Setting: Small tow (cemetery, school, catholic church)

4: the novel begins with a girl named Maxine who skips school to go to the arcade. Maxine is the main character who rebels against school and her parents, because she feels that her parent stopped caring about her ever since her brother went missing. as the novel goes on, they find a body, who Maxine's dad claims is Derrick. Soon after all that happens, Maxine begins to get phone calls from a boy who says he is Derrick. Maxine doesn't know whether or not to tell her parents about the calls, because she feels it would only make things worse, which neither her nor her parents needed. So, the only person she feels she can talk to about her problems is a boy from her school named, Cam. At the end of the novel, Maxine gets one last phone call from the person claiming to be Derrick. They tell her to meet them in the cemetery, so he can prove that he really is Derrick. When she goes to meet him, she

5: finds out that it really is Derick, and he tells her the whole story about the boy they found, and how he is ready to come back home, so Maxine brings him home, and everything gets back to normal.

6: Characters Maxine Moody: daughter who rebels and feels like she has been abandoned by her family after her brother Derek goes missing Derek Moody: Maxine's older brother who went missing Cam: smart Chinese boy who helps Maxine wit her problems she is dealing with Sweeney: bully at Maxine's school Miss Ross: Maxine's comforting and worried teacher Luella Orbine: a psychic who try to connect with Derick

7: Gill "Mom": Maxine's mother who seems to be going crazy, and neglecting Maxine after Derek went missing Jim"Dad": Maxine's quiet, laid-back father Father Mathew: preacher at the Moody's church

8: There are many conflicts in this novel. An internal conflict is that Maxine feels abandoned by her family, and they do not love her or care about her ever since her brother went missing. An external conflict that Maxine is faced with, was when she began to get phone calls from her brother whom everyone thought was dead which leads to another internal conflict, because she does not know if she should tell her parents or not, because she feels it would only make things worse, and her mom had already been "going crazy." So the main conflict is that she doesn't know if she should tell them and she feels abandoned. The resolution to the first internal conflict, is that later on in the story, Maxine's father makes the whole family go to therapy together, and Maxine finally explains to them how she has been feeling, and her and her parents talk it all through and things begin to get better. The resolution to the conflict with the phone calls, is when she eventually gets one last call about meeting them in the cemetery and it turns out to be Derek and she brings him home.

10: Catherine MacPhail was born January 25, 1946 in Greenock. She is not only a writer, but also she assembles computers for IBM. HEr first novel she ever wrote was called Run, Zan, Run ( a children's novel ). She was married and has three children. Catherine has also made great accomplishments with her writing, she was previously President of the Sottish Association of Writers and Chair of the Scottish Children's writers and illustrations. SHe really loves to write, she said she does enjoy getting paid but if she had to she would write for free. She once said her only regret was not starting to write sooner, and that there was no stopping her once she had started. " A tip if you want to be a writer, don't ever think nothing ever happens to you, because your own life is so interesting, if you just think about it." - said by Catherine MacPhail.

11: I think "Missing" was a great novel. I highly recommend it. To some people, they can truly relate to the book, because Maxine , the main character, goes through a really hard time after her brother goes missing, and she feels alone, and unloved, and she also doesn't feel like she can talk to her parents about her problems. This novel really made me think about how good i have it at home, because unlike Maxine I have people to talk to about my problems and I know my family cares about me.

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