“Come Here, Go Away,” Elizabeth Laytin's first novel, is full of great writing and character development. Just a lot of really wonderful descriptive moments and character-defining dialogue. The beginning paragraphs were poetry and pulled me right in. I love the scene in the hardware store where Maddie is describing the value of the customer based on their shoes. The identity of a little boy who haunts a house on the hill keeps the reader guessing. I think the story could also be a movie script.”  5.0 out of 5 stars; by Barbara

“Torn from her beloved Virginian home, fourteen-year-old Maddie is forced to grow up fast as she pieces together the mystery of her parents' separation and confronts ghosts from her past. Narrated by a spry and lively young teen, “Come Here, Go Away,” is a beautifully written and engaging first novel.” 5.0 out of 5 stars; by EWK


The sea water spilled out from the center of the traps, across the bodies of the lobsters, through the slats, all in a rush, tipping the crate to one side, weighing it like an anchor as it rushed back into the sea. The color of the water changed from clear to brown to grey and then a rich dark green as it splashed and sank, returning to the place where it had been before. The lobsters were climbing all over each other. Every one seemed to fight to be on top. Their antennas waved in the air like swords.

Every third crate would come up with no lobsters at all, and when that happened, Mr. Budd cursed. "Just changing the water," he said, turning away from me again.


What you call it. When there ain't no lobsters. We're just changing the water.


by Michel Trauring

by Sandra Matuschka
Special to The Daily News


“Artfully written with a compelling twist. Well done- an excellent read!”
                                          by Jeanne MacDonald


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