THE THINGS SHE'S SEEN by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Kirkus Star


Age Range: 13 - 18
Email this review


Beth Teller may be a ghost, but she is hoping to solve a mystery and heal her father’s broken heart.

Beth is a biracial Aboriginal (no nation is specified) girl from Australia who remembers very little about the car accident that took her life. She can’t fathom why her spirit hasn’t moved on, but she suspects it might have something to do with her love for her grieving white father. He’s a detective who always did right by her mother and siblings after being rejected by his own parents when he fell in love with an Aboriginal woman. Dedicated to serving justice, her dad has fallen into a deep depression after Beth’s death. When he finally heads back to work, he must investigate a possible arson: the charred remains of a children’s home. What Beth and her father find are secrets far more complicated than the mere burning of a building. A legacy of violence sits at the heart of this important novel, yet artful language softens the blows of pain and fear. The only interviewee the two detectives can consult is a witness who speaks in riddles: Isobel Catching. Who is she, and what does she know? Crimes—common yet unspeakable—rise to the surface in this fast-paced thriller with a supernatural bent.

An #ownvoices story that empowers its female heroines, giving them pride in their lineage and power in remembering. (Thriller. 13-18)

Pub Date: May 14th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-9848-4878-9
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2019


ChildrenFIRE FIGHT by Jacqueline  Guest
by Jacqueline Guest
ChildrenSHADOWS CAST BY STARS by Catherine Knutsson
by Catherine Knutsson
ChildrenKILLER OF ENEMIES by Joseph Bruchac
by Joseph Bruchac