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Speaking Truths

Dayna Hester

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ISBN 10: 1450214371 / ISBN 13: 9781450214377
Published by iUniverse, 2011
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Title: Speaking Truths

Publisher: iUniverse

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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Each year over a quarter of a million children are abducted in the United States, many, but not all, by a family member. Losing a child this way is a parent's worst nightmare. We all feel a pang of heartache when we see a child's face on a missing person's poster or the side of a milk carton. We hope the story ends well. Dayna Hester's extensively researched debut novel Speaking Truths brings to life not only the multi-layered trauma of child abduction, but the tough road back to normalcy in those happy cases where the child is successfully recovered.

Drawing on courtroom intrigue and murder mystery to pace her story, Hester paints a vivid portrait of a boy who, when we first meet him, is intensely uncomfortable in his own skin: a skin that has experienced untold pain, and whose boundaries and identity are elusive and variable. As he grows into a young man with much to give to the world and those around him, we root for him, fear for him, and sit on the edge of our seats as he negotiates his difficult journey from the land of the missing to the land of the living.

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Next thing I knew, I was waiting for the guidance counselor's door to open. I stared at the crack at the bottom hoping to see when someone was walking toward the door to open it. The waiting thing was getting to me, though. It was giving me too much time to think. I started freaking myself out, thinking what Bob would do if he found out about my school screw-up. I had been unplugging the phone between six and eight o'clock every night when the school computer would call to say I had missed classes. Bob never asked about school or my grades, but if he found out I was in the guidance counselor's office ...
             My stomach started cramping. I couldn't stop pumping my foot up and down. I kept zipping and unzipping my hoodie, obsessing over how bad I needed to fix the mess I was in. The door opened. "Landon?"   
             I nodded. "Yeah," I murmured and threw in a smile. I'm sure it didn't look natural. I knew I was screwed.      
            "Come in." She held the door open like she was inviting a guest, and her I-want-to-help smile was as fake as her penciled-in eyebrows.

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