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Searching for Yesterday

A Shelby Belgarden Mystery

by Valerie Sherrard

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list price: $8.99
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published: Jun 2008
ISBN:9781554885992
publisher: Dundurn Press
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Commended for the 2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens
Annie Berkley, a schoolmate of Shelby’s who has appeared in previous books, lives in a foster home and has become depressed. Shelby is concerned and eventually wins over Annie’s trust in order to find out what’s bothering her.
Annie’s mother disappeared several years ago, leaving with her boyfriend when Annie was 8. she was never in touch with her daughter again. But now, the boyfriend has returned, saying that he lost touch with the mother and doesn’t know what happened to her.
Shelby suspects that something more sinister is going on, and as she digs through clues, discovers that the boyfriend knows far more about the mother’s whereabouts than he’s letting on. But the attempt to uncover secrets puts Shelby and Annie’s lives in danger.

About the Author
Valerie Sherrard is an award-winning author of picture books and young adult novels. Her novel The Glory Wind won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. Her works have been chosen as Red Maple and White Pine Award Honour Books and she has been nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and Snow Willow Award. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, she now lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.
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Contributor Notes

Valerie Sherrard is the author of 9 previous titles, including Kate, Sarah's Legacy, Sam's Light, and the Shelby Belgarden Mystery Series. Searching for Yesterday is the sixth Shelby Belgarden book. Valerie's books have been shortlisted for the Red Maple, White Pine, Snow Willow, MYRCA, and Arthur Ellis Awards, recommended by IODE Violet Downey Award, and selected as Our Choice by the CCBC. She lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, with her husband, Brent.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 15
Grade:
6
Reading age:
12 to 15
Awards
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens
Editorial Reviews

Searching for Yesterday is an excellent story, well written, with characters who ring true in today's world. Ms. Sherrard has a rare talent for not only bringing her stories to life, but in being able to choose subject matter that will resonate with her audience.


After the incredible suspense and downright terror of Eyes of a Stalker, Searching for Yesterday is in many ways, a kinder and gentler story. Nevertheless, it is a story which deals with some real-life issues faced by real-life teens: the search for identity (and birth situations), the consequences of bad choices, and the rewards of facing difficult situations. Valerie Sherrard's telling of Annie's story is compassionate and insightful about the challenges faced by faster children ... Highly recommended for all Shelby Belgarden fans, and really, a good "starter" for those who have yet to meet her.

— CM Magazine

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Searching for Yesterday (Shelby Belgarden Mystery)

Shelby learns that her friend, Annie, is deeply troubled by unanswered questions from years gone by — questions like, why did Annie’s mom desert her? And who is Annie’s father? As she probes the past, Shelby realizes something dark and sinister lies under the surface of this cold case.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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