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Eleven years ago, six kindergartners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max--the only one who hasn't come back. Which leaves Max's sister, Avery, wanting answers. She wants to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story. But as details of the disappearance begin to unfold, no one is prepared for the truth.

This unforgettable novel--with its rich characters, high stakes, and plot twists--will leave readers breathless.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction    

"We are rushed headlong into Altebrando's The Leaving, and instantly we want to know: Who are these wildly intriguing teens? Where are their memories hiding? Who or what has engineered the disappearance of their childhood? Bold, inventive, and engaging, The Leaving leaps straight off the page." - Beth Kephart

"You will not sleep, check your phone or even breathe once you begin reading The Leaving. I promise, you will not even look up from the page." - E Lockhart

"This book gripped me on the first page, and by the last, had really moved me. It's a twisty, oh no she didn't thriller that keeps the surprises firing, but also a thoughtful meditation on memory, identity, and what really makes us who we are." - Bennett Madison

"As heart-stopping as it is heart-breaking, The Leaving layers a wildly strange suspense story over a lovely and unexpected narrative of grief, loss, and the struggle to imagine a future in the shadow of the past." - Robin Wasserman


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Used availability for Tara Altebrando's The Leaving

Hardback Editions

June 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Leaving
Author(s): Tara Altebrando
ISBN: 1-61963-803-7 / 978-1-61963-803-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Leaving
Author(s): Tara Altebrando
ISBN: 1-68119-403-1 / 978-1-68119-403-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Leaving
Author(s): Tara Altebrando
ISBN: 1-4088-7780-5 / 978-1-4088-7780-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Leaving
Author(s): Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Leaving
Author(s): Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA