Book Review: I'll Be There by: Holly Goldberg Sloan

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: May 17, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: Sam Border wishes he could escape. Raised by an unstable father, he's spent his life moving from place to place. But he could never abandon his little brother, Riddle.

Riddle Border
doesn't talk much. Instead, he draws pictures of the insides of things and waits for the day when the outsides of things will make sense. He worships his older brother. But how can they leave when there's nowhere to go? Then everything changes. Because Sam meets Emily.

Emily Bell
believes in destiny. She sings for her church choir, though she doesn't have a particularly good voice. Nothing, she feels, is mere coincidence. And she's singing at the moment she first sees Sam.

Everyone whose path you cross in life has the power to change you--sometimes in small ways, and sometimes in ways greater than you could have ever known. Beautifully written and emotionally profound, Holly Goldberg Sloan's debut novel deftly explores the idea of human connection.

Review: I'll Be There is a touching, heartwarming, and stunning book! Ms. Sloan has created characters that tug on your heartstrings and make you cheer for them in Sam, Riddle, and Emily. Riddle's awesome - I just loved him! I'll Be There is a wonderful story of loss, love, and connection that will touch you to your very soul.



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