John Hart. The Last Child. New York: Minotaur, 2009.

Thirteen-year-old Johnny Merrimon refuses to believe that his twin sister is dead. After his sister’s disappearance, Johnny’s father left the family and his mother succumbed to drug and alcohol addictions. Now, a year after Alyssa’s disappearance and the crumbling of his perfect world, Johnny decides to take matters into his own hands and begins a personal search for his lost sister.   Detective Clyde Hunt shares in Johnny’s obsession over the missing Alyssa and keeps a protective, watchful eye on Johnny as he embarks on this treacherous exploration.   Through his search Johnny uncovers a disturbing side to his small hometown; news of a second missing young girl propels Johnny down an even more dangerous path.  This path brings new, life threatening revelations for Johnny; revelations that are felt throughout the town.

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