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The Girl in the Well Is Me

by Karen Rivers

Price: $12.95

Ages: 10 to 13

Publication Date: May 10, 2016

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ISBN: 9781770864641

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5" x 8"


JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

JUV039230 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying

JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women



Newcomer Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a club whose members have no intention of letting her join. Now Kammie’s trapped in the dark, growing increasingly claustrophobic, and waiting to be rescued — or possibly not. As hours pass, the reality of Kammie’s predicament mixes with her memories of the highlights and lowlights of her life so far, including the reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. And as she begins to run out of oxygen, Kammie starts to imagine she has company, including a French-speaking coyote and goats that just might be zombies.


Author Karen Rivers has created a unique narrator with an authentic, sympathetic, sharp, funny voice who tells a story perfect for fans of Flora and Ulysses, Reign Rein, and Counting by 7s. The Girl in the Well is Me will have readers laughing and crying and laugh-crying over the course of its physically and emotionally suspenseful, utterly believable events.

Girl in the Well is Me, The

Commended, 2016 Best Books for Kids and Teens

Shortlisted, 2018 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award


“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.” Starred review
Kirkus Reviews


“Funny, surreal, occasionally heartbreaking … a compulsively readable story.”
School Library Journal


“What Rivers has done, seemingly impossible, is to take an existential, almost tortuous internal dialogue, of the type of some of the world’s best literature (think: Sartre) and make it entirely relevant, even accessible, to young readers … utterly brilliant.” ****/4
CM Magazine


“Rivers has woven an incredibly heartbreaking tale of a tragic, unforgettable event in a young girl’s life, told in a powerfully moving way … [she] is an extraordinary writer, with a rare and beautiful way of using her prose to both evoke deep emotion, and paint an extremely realistic picture. This is the type of novel that will stay with readers long after they close the book.” E for Excellent
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“Rivers has a way of hijacking a reader’s brain, making them feel as if they are experiencing the same things Kammie is.”
— National Reading Campaign


“A gripping story that doesn’t shy away from the dark places but explores them with heart, humor, and light.”
— Kate Messner, author of All the Answers


“I dare you to pick up this riveting novel without reading straight through to its heart-stopping conclusion.”
— Katherine Applegate, Newberry Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

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