THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME by Karen Rivers
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THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME

Age Range: 10 - 16
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Kammie’s fallen down an abandoned well, beyond the reach of the three mean, popular girls who got her into this life-threatening mess.

Her perilous situation is really the culmination of a series of calamities that she gradually reveals in her unforgettable stream-of-consciousness monologue. First, her father was convicted of embezzling money from his employer, a charitable organization that provided wish fulfillment for critically ill children. She, her struggling mother, and her angry older brother moved from their foreclosed New Jersey home to a Texas trailer to be near her father’s prison. Her dog was hit by a bus. Her grandmother died. The misfortunes have piled one on top of another. Striving to find a new self and a few friends, Kammie let herself be victimized by the nearly interchangeable Kandy, Mandy, and Sandy, who have—perhaps intentionally—set her up for the fall into the well and then abandoned her there. With so many horrors crowding into her 11 years, Kammie’s tale should be a tragedy. Instead, it’s a brilliantly revealed, sometimes even funny, exploration of courage, the will to live, and the importance of being true to oneself. The catastrophe draws readers in, and the universality of spunky Kammie’s life-affirming journey will engage a wide audience.

Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. (Fiction. 10-16)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-61620-569-0
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Algonquin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2015




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