Friday, May 15, 2009
Searching for Yesterday by Valerie Sherrard
I have read several Valerie Sherrard books and I have enjoyed them all. She is a Canadian writer- from New Brunswick and all of her books are set in Canada. While I have read other books by her, the ones I like best are the Shelby Belgarden Mysteries. Valerie has created a very believable character in 16 year old Shelby. She has good friends, a boy friend and parents who are involved in her life.
When her best friend Betts starts shutting her out, Shelby starts spending more time with Annie Berkley- someone she has known her whole life, but hasn't spent much time with. Annie has had a very troubled childhood, her mother disappeared and she has no idea who her dad is. Once Shelby gets a hold of a mystery, there is no stopping her. She is determined to find out what happened to Annie's mother and who is her father. At times, Shelby gets herself in trouble with her meddling, but she doesn't let that stop her. Another part of the story sees Betts involved with a boy who is asking Betts to do things that are not safe.
I really like how Sherrard had both stories happening at the same time, even though they didn't intertwine at all.