The Girl in the Well Is Me

The Girl in the Well Is Me
Author: Karen Rivers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: Middle-grade
ISBN: 978-1-61620-569-0
Pages: 224
Price: $16.95

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Kammie should have never gotten involved with Mandy, Kandy and Sandy. But when you’re new in town and trying to fit in, you sometimes take risks. Like when you sing the Star Spangled Banner on a dare and suddenly find yourself stuck inside a well.

Being trapped in one place, unable to move, and left completely alone, allows Kammie to dwell on those incidents from her past that brought her to this unusual predicament. Fear, lack of oxygen, and an overactive imagination play tricks on her, and she begins to suffer hallucinations. After a while, it looks like she may not make it out alive. Will someone ever come to rescue her?

Kammie is not your typical middle-grade girl. Family issues have forced her mother to make some drastic decisions, and Kammie’s life is anything but wonderful. But as she faces the real possibility of dying, she suddenly discovers she very much wants to live. The Girl in the Well Is Me will keep middle-graders wondering what new revelation will come next, and if Kammie will ever make it out of the well alive. I highly recommend it.

CAUTION: Not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

Reviewer: Alice Berger