He's a magic baby daddy.
High school senior Gabe Delgado is trying to trade his bad-boy ways for clean living. He remembers nothing about the night a mysterious girl loved him and left him at a party, except... there was a kind of magic around her that had nothing to do with his hangover the next day.
Now he finds that "magic" in a basket on his doorstep, cooing at him like a happy little bird.
Gabe, you probably already know our baby is, well, different. If not, you'll find out soon enough. Let's just say she has certain qualities most babies don't have. The thing is, I'm scared. I'm on my own and can't keep her safe. But you can. You're strong. You have a family to watch out for her. Bad people want her. That's why I left her with you. I don't really understand what's going on, but it has something to do with The Abolesco. Don't try to find me. Please, take care of our baby girl and love her. Okay?
The Abolesco are not friends of the family. They're on baby Birdie's trail, but why? Suddenly party-boy Gabe has to man up to protect his daughter. Not so easy when her talents include vanishing into thin air. It's up to Gabe and his girl-pal Abby (who has some extraordinary secrets of her own) to find out what's up with something called the Scientific Academy of Merit, what the goons want with Birdie, and whether other kids like Birdie can be saved, too.
I enjoyed this fast-paced and imaginative YA novel so much I had to read it twice! The balance between "real life" (challenges of a teenage father) and "magic" (baby with mysterious powers) is handled with empathy, humor, and finesse, and kept me turning the pages. The well-drawn cast of characters--teens, adults, heroes, villains, and even the minor players--will stay with me for a long time. I think this is a great book not only for its entertainment value, but also for its potential to open some important teen conversation on responsibility, growing up, and doing the right thing. Highly recommended on many levels.
Valerie Storey, on Amazon.com
Such a great read! Loved the flow and mystery of the book. The characters were very well developed. Definitely looking forward to a part 2.
Deanna Jenkimson, on Amazon.com
Baby Gone Bye is an awesome combination of fantasy, mystery, and light family drama. Protagonist, Gabriel "Gabe" Delgado is a senior in high school who is your typical jock infamous for hooking up with random girls. Life abruptly changes when baby Birdie arrives on his front doorstep with a brief note - this is your child, you need to protect her from bad people, and don't come looking for me - signed by the unknown mother.
Author Marilee Brothers does an excellent job in showing the growth in Gabe's character. Readers will witness him go from a self-absorbed teenager into a loving father who will stop at nothing to protect his daughter. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters, especially Papi and Abby. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and a splash of magic to tie everything together. I would classify this book as more of a New Adult story due to some of the language and mild sexual content.
Sage Adderley, on Amazon.com
Pulled me right in!
Gabe, Papi and 'Birdie' are folks (forget they are characters) I would love follow thru the journeys of their lives. I am so not a wizard/witch/other-world fan, but Ms. Brothers brought me along with her story writing and I never gave putting the book down a thought. It just amazes me the twists and turns authors can weave into their stories with such ease and grace. I hope these characters continue in her books. Thanks for a fun read... and, you even made me cry at the ending.
CJS, on Amazon.com