The Mailbox

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In Audrey Shafer’s compelling debut novel, Gabe Pace remains trapped in Virginia’s foster care system until a social worker finds his Uncle Vernon. As this crusty old Vietnam veteran connects with his nine-year-old nephew, Gabe grows to love his cantankerous but caring uncle. On his first day of sixth grade, however, Gabe discovers his uncle’s dead body. Fearing a return to foster care, Gabe keeps Vernon’s death a secret. But when he arrives home the next day, Gabe is shocked to find his uncle’s body missing and a cryptic note in his mailbox: “I have a secret.”
“Shafer’s narrative is heartfelt, earnest and moving …”—Kirkus Reviews
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display_descriptionFor readers of Unbroken and Flags of Our Fathers, The Mailbox is a sympathetic portrayal of veterans and the burdens they carry throughout their lives.

   Vernon Culligan had been dead to the town of Draydon, Virginia, so long that when the crusty Vietnam vet finally died, only one person noticed. Twelve-year-old Gabe grew up in the foster care system until a social worker located his Uncle Vernon two years before. When he comes home to discover that his uncle has died of a heart attack, he's terrifed of going back into the system—so he tells no one. The next day, he discovers a strange note in his mailbox:
   I HAVE A SECRET. DO NOT BE AFRAID.
   And his uncle's body is gone.
   Thus begins a unique correspondence destined to save the two people that depended on Vernon for everything. Through flashbacks, we learn about Gabe and Vernon's relationship, and how finding each other saved them both from lives of suffering. But eventually, Vernon's death will be discovered, and how will Gabe and the mystery note writer learn to move forward?
   The Mailbox is not a story about death—though it begins with a death. It's also not a story about Vietnam vets, although the author works with Vietnam veterans and wrote this novel, in part, to illuminate their sacrifices and suffering. The Mailbox is a story about connections—about how two people in need can save each other.

Praise for The Mailbox:

Junior Library Guild Selection
A Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year
A Librarians' Choices Booklist Selection


“Shafer’s narrative is heartfelt, earnest and moving. . . and conveys the power of memory to help heal wounds.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Warm and moving, it is an evocative picture of the weblike nature of human existence and the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate experiences.”—School Library Journal
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