They Never Came Back

They Never Came Back

by Caroline B. Cooney

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They Never Came Back 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MasonAAM More than 1 year ago
They never came back is about this girl who goes to summer school in a different city then where she is from. During lunch, a young girl is confronted, and asked about her identity. He says that she looks strangley the same as his cousin that was taken away by social services 5 years ago. this causes problems for Cathy. i really liked this book, it was very good, it was a fast read. You didnt ever want to put down the book because it was so good. you wanted to continue to read more and more. i would recommend this book, for more advanced readers, it gets kind of confusing. but a very good book
mournfulsilentwhisper More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Caroline B. Cooney. An astounding book!! She has great writing skills. This story line was definitely an original, and I have already added several more books by Caroline B. Cooney to my reading list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They Never Came Back is a complex story that tells two different sides of the same person. The author uses a creative style of writing that allows the reader to take an interest in which they can read two different stories that build up to suspense and will both catch up to the present. The main character Cathy is an accelerator in school who has an ear for language and is taking a summer school course to increase her academics. One day during lunch, one of her classmates gets up and is shocked to see that Cathy has an uncanny resemblance to his cousin Murielle who has been missing for five years due to an unsuspected accident. All the pressure then goes on Cathy, and the whole thing becomes a developmental research for everyone to investigate. The story gives two main sides that tell what happens in the character's life. In the Chapters that talk about Murielle; it gives a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to her in the way that she lived and how that relates to Cathy. In the chapters that talk about Cathy, she tries to reflect on a pleasant life that she used to have throughout the story, and then goes directly into a downpour when she is mistaken for someone else and it changes her life forever. Murielle is supposed to be meeting her parents in England, instead something unexpected happens, and Murielle ends up living with foster families moving from house to house wondering what is actually happening with her life. The other part of the book talks about how her parents Rory and Cade are involved in a robbery, stealing money from investors and focuses around if they actually did love Murielle or if they just spoiled her and thought that money was more important. The author talks about different themes that build up suspense that makes you think what would be more important in terms of what the situation would be. The story then falls into the present time about what happens to Cathy, and begins to unravel the past that haunts her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book "They Never Came Back" by Caroline B Cooney tells a very amazing story. The book tells about the struggles a little girl named Murielle faces when her parents all of a sudden become thieves. Murielle's parents run away after stealing money for years and stealing tom very close people including Murielle's moms sister. her moms sister is suppose to bring her daughter to the airport to meet her dad so they can meet their mom in another country and go from there to a completely different country and run away together as a family and they will never be found. Murielle's aunt decides not to take her to the airport to meet her parents so she ends up never going with them. she does not talk to her parents for around five years and become a completely different person throughout those years and even changes her name. She ends up living a double like a tries her hardest to block out the life of Murielle. Murielle goes to a foster home, more than one foster home and she decides to take a foreign language class at a school far away. Murielles cousin ends up also at going to the school and seeing her and noticing her but she acts like she has no idea what he is talking about and making him sound crazy and like he has no idea what he is talking about. After not talking to any family, her parents or anyone for five total year does Murielle actually come out and say who she really is and start telling the truth and try to get in contact with her parents or will she continue to run?
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kind of an odd book about a girl who was abandoned by her fugitive parents when she was ten. Five years later, she is living with foster parents under a different name, attending summer school, when her long-lost cousin recognizes her. Should she reveal herself at Murielle, or continue to pretend that she's always been Cathy? It could have been better, but wasn't because the other students in the book especially were really irritating and unrealistic. An interesting concept not particularly well thought out.
Rowdycat More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Caroline B. Cooney for many years; I first discovered her when I was a middle school librarian. She writes page turners, and this book was no disappointment. Cathy got caught in the middle of a very traumatic situation, her parents bilked people out of millions of dollars and then fled the country when they got caught. They were supposed to take Cathy with them, but it didn't happen. They didn't care enough about her to find a way to get her to them, and she ended up in several foster homes, for five years, until she gets reunited with her mother's sister and her family.
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This was a good book!
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Teehee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a amazing book but it gets better once u relize who murielle is but i have to say im disapointed inthe ending how could she just leave dad bob and his wife like that!!!!!!
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ReadingFixesMe More than 1 year ago
A book hasn't made me cry in a while but this one made me bawl my eyes out. The story line questions the world of greed and how far you would go to love and protect those closest to you. Cathy and Murielle were great charecters and i was able to feel their emotions.
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-Chelsea-CF More than 1 year ago
They Never Came Back was a very well writtin book incorporating both corruption and love. The main characters Cathy Ferris and Murielle Lyman are two very differant people but when Murielle's cousin Tommy claims Cathy is his missing cousin everyone researchs the topic, and believes the same. Cathy denies the claim but when the FBI wants to use her for a sting becasue of her resemblance to Murielle. Ava her summer school friend sets up a facebook for Murielle. When Rory and Cade write her a message Cathy breaks down and shows her true identity. This book was great I gave it a four out of five beceause while it was good I wishes they would hve elaborated more about the whereabouts of Rory and Cade and How Cathy and Murielle live when Cathy comes clean.
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Good one :))
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
After reading this book I was able to learn many things but one thing that I feel is very important is that you must first forgive others for their actions and then forgive yourself for your actions. For example, when the main character Cathy Ferris/Murielle Lyman gets connection, at last with her runaway parents, instead of telling them to come and have them arrested for stealing money, she tells them to run. Even when her parents abandon her, cause her friends mother to go to prison and commit a crime Cathy/Murielle forgives her parents and even protects them. Another example is when Cathy/Murielle is 10, she gets sent to her new foster home and runs away to see her parents again, but gets caught at the rail road station for attempting to travel alone. Later that day her foster mother sends her to another foster home because runaways are too much responsibility for her. Cathy/Murielle realizes afterwards what she did was wrong but she forgives herself for what she did. I believe that forgiving others and forgiving yourself is important in life because if you don't, you will never be able to move on in life and you will always be stuck in the past and regret your actions. But forgiving others and yourself is not easy for example in Cathy/Murielle's case it takes her about 5 years to forgive both her parents and herself. In conclusion, this book has taught me to learn to forgive others for their actions to forgive yourself.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THEY NEVER CAME BACK by Caroline B. Cooney is a great thriller for middle grade readers. There are just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep readers focused, and it offers a few thought-provoking questions to make readers consider just exactly what they would do in the same circumstances. Chapter one is about Cathy. She is enrolled in a special accelerated summer school. The program squeezes one full year of Latin into a summer course. Her focus is Latin morning, noon, and night. One afternoon in the cafeteria, Cathy is shocked when a boy named Tommy approaches her table and calls her Murielle. He even drops to his knees before her as he insists she is his long-lost cousin. He claims she was taken from his home five years ago by social services. Then he adds that she had been abandoned by her parents, who were guilty of stealing millions of dollars from business investors. Suddenly, Cathy is the center of attention. Chapter two begins with Murielle. Ten-year-old Murielle is a lucky girl. Her parents are in the financial investment business, and they are able to provide her with anything her heart desires. She is used to living in a fancy house, having pretty clothes, new things whenever she wants, and private lessons in just about anything she is interested in doing. Even though they are constantly working and leave her in the care of various babysitters and housekeepers, Murielle thinks her parents are terrific. One afternoon, Murielle is with her Aunt Lois headed toward the airport. The plan is that her aunt will be dropping her off to catch a flight with her father. They will be flying to England where they will meet up with her mother. Suddenly, Aunt Lois turns the car away from the airport and begins shouting about how she won't go through with the plans. Murielle has no idea what is going on except that she is not going to be going with her parents. At that point her life changes forever. Could Cathy and Murielle really be one and the same? Is Cathy, who lives with a struggling foster family, really the daughter of millionaire investors? It's been five years since their scandalous disappearance. Could they really have been more interested in money than in their adorable little Murielle? THEY NEVER CAME BACK is a fast-paced novel with a unique plot. Caroline B. Cooney's smooth flowing prose will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they follow the action to see just exactly who is who in this clever mystery.