Discover April Henry’s chilling new mystery + download a teacher’s guide!

Discover April Henry’s chilling new mystery THE GIRL IN THE WHITE VAN + download a teacher’s guide!

Bestselling author April Henry shares the inspiration for her chilling new YA mystery, The Girl in the White Van. Plus, download the teacher’s guide for April Henry’s collection of books and discover more writing tips on April’s website!


A teen is snatched outside her kung fu class and must figure out how to escape—and rescue another kidnapped victim—in The Girl in the White Van, a chilling YA mystery by New York Times bestselling author April Henry.

When Savannah disappears soon after arguing with her mom’s boyfriend, everyone assumes she’s run away. The truth is much worse. She’s been kidnapped by a man in a white van who locks her in an old trailer home, far from prying eyes.

And worse yet, Savannah’s not alone: ten months earlier, Jenny met the same fate and nearly died trying to escape. Now as the two girls wonder if he will hold them captive forever or kill them, they must join forces to break out—even if it means they die trying.


New York Times–bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction: When she was twelve, she sent a short story about a six-foot-tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in an international children’s magazine. By the time she was in her thirties, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published twenty-one mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right.

Books featured in this guide include:
Count All Her Bones (Girl Stolen, Volume 2)
The Night She Disappeared
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, Volume 1)
Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, Volume 2)
The Girl I Used to Be

April Henry shares writing tips, prompts, and story starters for students and young readers on her website. Check them out here!

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