I'll Be There

By Sloan, Holly Goldberg

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ISBN
978-0-31612-279-5
Publisher
Little, Brown


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on May 1, 2011

Gr 7 Up—Seventeen-year-old Sam's and 10-year-old Riddle's lives have never been normal. Because of their abusive father's bad habit—stealing—they are always on the run. Sam stumbles into church wearing his cleanest dirty clothes on the day that Emily Bell sings "I'll Be There" by the Jackson Five. He can't help but feel that she is singing directly to him, and the two make a connection that later will change both of...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

When Sam locks eyes with Emily, who is singing an off-key rendition of the Jackson Five's "I'll Be There" in church, both seventeen-year-olds feel an instant connection. Emily has a comfortable life as the daughter of middle-class parents, while Sam had to stop attending school in the second grade and is abused by his mentally unstable father, Clarence. But this isn't your average girl-falls-for-boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks plot. When Clarence finds out that Sam and ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

Emily has a comfortable life with her middle-class parents; Sam and his younger brother are abused by their mentally unstable father. Regardles...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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