2013 National Book Award Finalist, Young People's Literature

Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group (USA)

ISBN: 978-0-399-25765-0

Photo credit: Zoe Norfolk


Meg Rosoff reinvents both the road trip novel and the missing-person thriller in this chilling, gorgeously written story. An acutely sensitive girl and her apparently muddled father search for a friend who has disappeared. The closer they get to solving the mystery, the more complex Mila’s understanding of human nature becomes. The book is about the American landscape and fantasies of family life, and about the huge joy and deep pain of growing up.

About the Book

Mila has an exceptional talent for reading a room—sensing hidden facts and unspoken emotions from clues that others overlook. So when her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing from his upstate New York home, Mila and her beloved father travel from London to find him. She collects information about Matthew from his belongings, from his wife and baby, from the dog he left behind and from the ghosts of his past—slowly piecing together the story everyone else has missed. But just when she’s closest to solving the mystery, a shocking betrayal calls into question her trust in the one person she thought she could read best. 

About the Author

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston and currently lives in London with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, How I Live Now, won the Michael L. Printz Award and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the 2007 CILIP Carnegie Medal and was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. What I Was, Rosoff ’s third novel, was short-listed for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel with Putnam, There Is No Dog, received four starred reviews.


> Rosoff's website: megrosoff.co.uk

> Twitter: @megrosoff