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The Last Child
The Last Child
Author: John Hart
Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he'd been taught si...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780312642365
ISBN-10: 0312642369
Publication Date: 3/2/2010
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 295 ratings
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 21
I loved this book. The plot twists and turns through the life of Johnny Merrimon. You like him and want to do all you can to help him on his mission of finding his twin sister. It's one of those books that keeps you looking in one direction and while weaving the true plot in the background -personally those are my favorite kinds. The language is wonderful, almost poetic at times. I've not read Hart's other books, but they are on my list now. I'm a huge fan.
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Helpful Score: 14
I couldn't put this down! Read it all in one sitting! Fantastic writing, grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go!
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Helpful Score: 14
Book was fantastic, well written and will keep you turning the pages. I could not believe the ending, Great read
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Helpful Score: 7
This book is a must read. In fact, once you start reading, you will have a very difficult time putting it down. There is a reason why it was on the NYT best seller list. There are surprises throughout the book. Great thriller even for those that are faint of heart. Well written with several subplots that keep the reader wanting more.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent! Very involving story, great characters, excellent suspense, well-plotted and moves right along. There were several passages that had me bowing my head over the book, murmuring "Oh, nooo!" Definitely recommended, and I will absolutely read this author again!
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I loved this book and could not put it down. The author has a lot of twist and turns in the story and certainly did not end like I thought it would.

I feel it is one of the best that I have ever read. I passed it along to my three sisters and they gave it very high points.

I would recommend it highly.
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I think of this book as a "guy's book", but my heart continually went out to the main character and his mom. This kid was not going to be deterred by injuries or adults who "knew better"
A very good read
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When Johnny Merrimon was thirteen, his twin sister, Alyssa, was kidnapped. Its now a year later and his life has changed completely. Everyone presumes his sister is dead, his father has left the family, his mother is addicted to pills and seeing an abusive man, Ken Holloway, (who is also one of the richest and most influential men in the county) and theyve lost their home.

But Johnny wont give up hope and prays for three things: find his sister, his fathers return and that someone kills Ken Holloway. Johnny has a map of the town and uses it to track who he has questioned about his sisters disappearance. He constantly skips school to bike around town to find out what really happened to his sister.

At the same time police detective, Clyde Hunter, is still trying to solve the disappearance of Alyssa Merrimon. He also knows that Johnny is trying to do an investigation of his own and that its dangerous for Johnny to do this. Hes given Johnny and his mother his card with his number many times so they can call him. But they dont.

Then, another girl goes missing. And, a man tumbles over a bridge where Johnny is and tells him that he found her. Johnny is sure the her is Alyssa, but the detectives think he might mean the girl that went missing.

I really enjoyed this book. The story takes multiple twists and turns. How all the pieces fall together is shocking. The good guys arent always good and those who are thought to be bad arent always bad.

And, to a degree, Johnny does get his three wishes.