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The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance

By: Catherine Ryan Hyde



Cynnie thinks her life can?t get any worse than it already is. She has an alcoholic mother, a younger brother with Down?s syndrome, and a father who is dead. Even though it?s hard sometimes, she really likes taking care of her brother, Bill. He?s the one person who gives his love freely, never judging Cynnie. But when her grandparents come and take Bill away so he can live in a more stable environment, Cynnie feels like she has lost everything. With no one left to turn to, Cynnie wonders what it is about alcohol that makes her mother want it so much. After one drink, she finds she likes the feeling of numbness it gives her. She likes that she doesn't seem to feel the pain of losing Bill so intensely. As one drink a day quickly becomes three or four drinks a day, Cynnie's life begins spinning out of control. Is there any way she can stop before she ends up like her mother? Or is it already too late?



Prepared by Brenda Day, Library Media Specialist, Aledo Middle School, Aledo, Texas