Searching for Yesterday


Commended for the 2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens

Annie Berkley, a schoolmate of Shelby’s who has appeared in previous books, lives in a foster home and has become depressed. Shelby is concerned and eventually wins over Annie’s trust in order to find out what’s bothering her.

Annie’s mother disappeared several years ago, leaving with her boyfriend when Annie was 8. she was never in touch with her daughter again. But now, the boyfriend has returned, saying that he lost touch with the mother and doesn’t know what happened to her.

Shelby suspects that something more sinister is going on, and as she digs through clues, discovers that the boyfriend knows far more about the mother’s whereabouts than he’s letting on. But the attempt to uncover secrets puts Shelby and Annie’s lives in danger.


Best Books for Kids & Teens


After the incredible suspense and downright terror of Eyes of a Stalker, Searching for Yesterday is in many ways, a kinder and gentler story. Nevertheless, it is a story which deals with some real-life issues faced by real-life teens: the search for identity (and birth situations), the consequences of bad choices, and the rewards of facing difficult situations. Valerie Sherrard's telling of Annie's story is compassionate and insightful about the challenges faced by faster children ... Highly recommended for all Shelby Belgarden fans, and really, a good "starter" for those who have yet to meet her.

CM Magazine

Searching for Yesterday is an excellent story, well written, with characters who ring true in today's world. Ms. Sherrard has a rare talent for not only bringing her stories to life, but in being able to choose subject matter that will resonate with her audience.

About the Author

Valerie Sherrard

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Valerie Sherrard

Valerie Sherrard is the author of 12 previous novels for young people, including the Shelby Belgarden Mysteries, Watcher, Sarah's Legacy, Speechless, and her first historical novel, Three Million Acres of Flame. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Canadian awards, including the Red Maple, White Pine, and Arthur Ellis Awards. She lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.