26 March 2013

Book Review: VANISH by Karen Spafford-Fitz

VANISH by Karen Spafford-Fitz is a thrilling mystery for the middle-grade crowd.

Fourteen-year-old Simone feels like her life is in a downward spiral since she moved to her new school. The popular girls don’t like her, the other kids in class ignore her, and her old friends haven’t replied to any of her emails. Simone doesn’t have any friends at all. To top it all off, she moved in too late to sign up for the fun classes, and she’s stuck taking Leadership studies as her elective class. But when her class begins a new Kinderbuddy project, to mentor the students in the kindergarten class, Simone instantly connects with her Kinderbuddy, Lily. When Lily and her mother vanish, Simone might be the one with the key to discovering their whereabouts.

Spafford-Fitz weaves a story of intrigue and mystery, full of twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of her seat. Readers will cheer as Simone leads the investigation to find the missing Lily, and as she discovers that she isn’t as alone in life as she thinks she is. And that sometimes, friends are found in unexpected places. This story will strike a chord with anyone who feels alone or who is trying to adjust to changes and new situations.


  1. Karen Spafford-FitzApril 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Thank you for your kind review of my novel, Vanish. It is enormously gratifying when a reviewer appreciates the story and understands the characters' motivations as you clearly do. I am grateful that you took the time to get acquainted with Simone and Lily, and that you chose to write about their story. They have both become very dear to me.

    Again, many thanks.

    Karen Spafford-Fit

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed your book!! And my daughters (ages 8 & 10) absolutely devoured it when I was done reading :)