Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
2016 - Magnolia Award Nominee
A girl and her brother live in the woods with their grandmother, who has her good days and bad days. The social worker who stops by doesn't seem to pry too much, and they like it that way. A nearby prison break means escaped convicts are looking for places to hide - and family secrets suddenly start to crawl out of their hiding places.
I like that this book offers something different for this age group, but I wish it had more humor to balance out the serious sections. There is suspense, but because the characterization is unusual and difficult to connect to, it relies mostly on the situations in the plot to invite the reader to keep turning pages.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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