The Year We Disappeared
A riveting true story of how one incident can turn a family's life upside down.
When Cylin Busby was nine, she was obsessed with the Muppets and her pet turtle. Then everything changed. Her police officer father, John, was driving to work when someone leveled a shotgun at his window. The blasts that followed left him clinging to live, yet he managed to write down the name of the only person he though could have pulled the trigger...
John Busby was scheduled to testify in an upcoming trial against the family of a local criminal with rumored mob connection. It became clear that there was a definite suspect. Overnight, the Busby's went from being an average family to one under 24-hour armed protection, with police escorts to school and no contact with friends. Worse, the gunman was still on the loose, and it seemed only a matter of time before he would come after John again. With few choices left, the Busby family was forced to sever all ties to the only life they had ever known... and simply disappear.
Told alternately by father and daughter, this compelling story show a young girl trying to make sense of the unthinkable, a family dealing with big emotions of anger and the desire for revenge, and ultimately the triumph of bravery in the face of crisis.
Praise for The Year We Disappeared
'No one with even a marginal interest in true crime writing should miss this page-turner, by turns shocking and almost unbearably sad.' - Publisher's Weekly, starred review.
'A fascinating tale, making the costs of violence unequivocally clear...' - Chicago Sun Times
'This riveting story will stay with readers, particularly its message that John's anger and desire for revenge were the hardest wounds to heal.' - Booklist
'Ultimately, a story of survival and triumph.'- School Library Journal
'A remarkable book... Together, father and daughter weave a startling, heartbreaking tale.'- Barnstable Patriot
'Riveting.'- Des Moines Register
'A fascinating true story for young readers 10 and up, The Year We Disappeared makes for a spellbinding read.'- Copley News ServiceCylin Busby
is the author of several non-fiction articles as well as fiction books. A former editor of Teen magazine, she now lives in LA.John Busby
lives with his wife in an undisclosed location.
The Year We Disappeared
Allen and Unwin
Author: Cylin Busby and John Busby
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