From award-winning actress Bailee Madison and Reader's Choice Award Finalist Stefne Miller, comes Losing Brave. More than a year has passed since seventeen-year-old Payton Brave's twin sister went missing; and Payton, in her desperate attempt to hold on to what's left of Dylan's memory, is starting to crack.Lost in the mystery and turmoil of her sister's disappearance, Payton must overcome the aftermath of being the one left behind. She's unable to remember even the smallest piece of what happened the day Dylan vanished. When sudden and reckless outbursts throw her from the graces of popularity to the outskirts of high school society, her new status attracts a crowd of friends she never anticipated-including a troubling romance with her sister's boyfriend, Cole.New clues unearth about the circumstances of her disappearance when another missing girl's body is recovered from a nearby lake, the victim's features eerily similar to Dylan's. The more Payton pries open the clenches of her blocked memories, yielding to her need to know what happened, the further down the path of danger she goes. The darkness around her sister's disappearance grows and the truth becomes more and more unbearable. And what she finds might just cost her her life.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 147 x 221 x 31mm | 422g
- 30 Jan 2018
- Grand Rapids, United States
Its been a year since Payton's twin sister, Dylan, disappeared from a bus station bathroom. Despite her best efforts, Payton still hasn't been able to recall anything that happened the day Dylan vanished, and lately sheand rsquo;s been struggling to keep up her perfect popular-girl persona. When another girl goes missing, new information is unearthed about Dylanand rsquo;s disappearance, and Payton is determined to get to the bottom of it. As she unravels the secrets surrounding Dylan and others in their small town, Payton finds herself going down a darker and more dangerous path than she could have ever imagined. Though the pacing starts slow, it accelerates as more and more clues mount. Despite the pacing problems, Madison (an established actress) and Miller are able to realistically portray southern culture, especially of life in a small town. The characters--and, of course, the twist at the end--make this book one that fans of mystery and drama will definitely enjoy.-- Amanda Shepard * Booklist * Suspense builds as a familyand rsquo;s tragedy unfolds in this engrossing and touching novel. Almost a year before the story begins, Payton Brave's twin sister Dylan mysteriously disappears. Although Payton was with Dylan the day her sister vanished, she cannot remember what happened. Coauthors Madison and Miller strategically peel back the many layers of the mystery, slowly revealing just enough to keep readers hooked. Though close, the twins were opposite in many ways. Payton is part of the 'in' crowd; Dylan never cared about being popular. Once Dylan disappeared, Payton began to question her own choices. Her life as one of Cornwell Highand rsquo;s 'It Girls' seems more effort than she can manage. Her mortician stepfather, doctor mother, and elderly Nana are loving, but the family members are locked in their individual battles to move forward without knowing what happened to Dylan. As Payton distances herself from her friends and family and even her name (she rechristens herself Poe after the macabre writer), she grows closer to Dylan's crowd of school outcasts. She also finds herself becoming more dependent on Dylanand rsquo;s boyfriend Cole. Sheand rsquo;s conflicted by her attraction to him, but she needs Cole, as he is the only one willing to help her search for the person who took her sister. As Poe moves closer to finding the assailant, she puts herself in danger. VERDICT A suspenseful thriller with heart and an unexpected twist. Highly recommended. Cindy Wall, Southington Library and Museum, CT * School Library Journal *
About Bailee Madison
American teen actress Bailee Madison first found success as May Belle Aarons in Disney's film adaptation of the much loved children's book, Bridge to Terabithia. Two years later, she was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her powerful work in Brothers, and in 2011, Bailee earned rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal for her work in Just Go With It. Bailee has worked with a number of the industry's biggest stars, including Academy Award winners Marisa Tomei and Hilary Swank, multiple award winners Bette Midler and Billy Crystal, and other Hollywood powerhouses such as Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Josh Hutcherson, and more. At only seventeen years of age, Bailee has established an impressive resume with roles in more than eighteen films and twenty-two television series, and currently stars in the Hallmark Original Series, Good Witch. Bailee has currently moved behind the camera as a Producer on two family films including the newly released Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket. As a National Spokesperson for Alex's Lemonade Stand, Bailee is committed to using her public platform to raise awareness for those in need and inspire others to embrace their unique gifts and use them to help change the world for the better. Stefne Miller started writing in 2009, and within five years she wrote eight novels, and of those self-published three. She was a Top 15 Finalist in the Goodreads.com Reader's Choice Awards in the category of Debut Author of 2010. Stefne has completed both the filming of Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket and the novelization of the film. She also has two feature films in development, and film projects in development based on her novels Salvaged, Rise, and Collision. She currently lives in Edmond, OK, with her husband of twenty-one years and their three teenaged sons.