Dear Jo: The story of losing Leah ... and searching for hope

Dear Jo: The story of losing Leah ... and searching for hope

by Christina Kilbourne




Maxine and Leah used to have so much fun chatting with boys online. Their other friends were jealous of their new relationships, and their parents were oblivious to the love notes being emailed back and forth. So what if Max and Leah lied about their ages and where they lived ... it was just a website ... just for fun. But when Leah disappeared, Max realized that they weren't the only ones telling lies online. Through her daily journal entries, Max shares the horrible feeling of betrayal, the crushing loss of Leah, and the struggle to move on after all that has happened. A list of internet safety tips for readers (and parents and teachers) is included in the final pages of the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897073513
Publisher: Lobster Press
Publication date: 05/25/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

"Author Christina Kilbourne received her master's degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Windsor, Ontario. She lives in Zephyr, Ontario. Dear Jo, Christina's third novel, won the Muskoka Novel Marathon. Her other books include Where Lives Take Root, Day of the Dog-tooth Violets, and The Roads of Go Home Lake. Her latest release, They Called Me Red, hits shelves in September 2008."

What People are Saying About This

H. Mel Malton

"... never preachy, always exciting ... This is great stuff!"--(H. Mel Malton, author of the "Polly Deacon" series)

Cathy Tang

"Every word is well-chosen ... really connected to something deep inside my mind ... I could see myself in Maxine's position ..."--(Cathy Tang, One80)

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Dear Jo: The Story of Losing Leah ... and Searching for Hope. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Nicolle.ntho6422 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl and here friend Leah. In this book Max and Leah go online to different sites and chat with un-none onnline friends. During this process Leah and Max get closer and closer with there online boyfriends. Sooner or later Leah end up meeting her online boyfriend and ends up missing. Max, who is no devistated dosen't know what to do. Torwards the end of the book the police get involved and have Max talk to her boyfriend to see if her online boyfriend is connected to or is Leahs boyfirend. I really liked this book. This book also made me very sad but, made me happy that they found Leah. This book was very interesting because there was so much mystery and suspense. I give this book four stars because I have read better but it still was a joy to read. I felt very bad for Max because she was in th position where she felt it was her fault. I advise all those reading this review to go out and read this book. I reallly enjoyed this book and I hope you do too.
CardCatalogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing book. I was gripped right from the beginning and could not put it done, especially as the tears ran down my face.
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Mariah Jones More than 1 year ago
Must read for teen's & pre-teen's
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Two friends are swept into a world that they never knew could hurt them in many ways and make them regret their actions.

Maxine has always been the good girl with the overprotective parents and the annoying siblings. She doesn't know why her parents are so restrictive on things such as the Internet. Then there is Leah, the only child who is beautiful and who usually gets whatever she wants. So when she gets the Internet she decides to share it with Maxine.

The Internet seems pretty safe to them, like the parts where they are able to talk in forums and log onto the hangouts where everyone at school goes to. But when they meet a guy who sweeps them off their feet, they decide that in order for them to keep talking to him they must lie about their age and anything else that would jeopardize the relationship.

Each girl begins to talk to different guys, writing to them every day; Maxine by relaying the messages to Leah through the phone and at school, and Leah, who does it secretly. The relationships begin to deepen as the guys begin to charm the girls. For Maxine, her mistakes are caught in time -- but for Leah, it was too late.

DEAR JO begins six months after Leah goes missing and Maxine, who is not only vulnerable but didn't even know that her best friend's "relationship" with her guy was getting so serious, is trying not to lose hope that one day her friend will return.

Written in diary/journal entries, DEAR JO is compelling and intriguing and focuses on an issue that most of us do not think of as serious. Christina Kilbourne writes a novel that will leave anyone who discovers it speechless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book should be read by every teenager and young teen and parents. it is sad and is hard to put down because it is something that happens today way to often. it hits home and it inspires people to be safer