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.
Searching for Yesterday
Commended for the 2009 Best Books for Kids & Teens
Annie Berkley, a schoolmate of Shelbyâ€™s who has appeared in previous books, lives in a foster home and has become depressed. Shelby is concerned and eventually wins over Annieâ€™s trust in order to find out whatâ€™s bothering her.
Annieâ€™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 doesnâ€™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 motherâ€™s whereabouts than heâ€™s letting on. But the attempt to uncover secrets puts Shelby and Annieâ€™s lives in danger.
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.
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.