The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to BeThe Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in return for an honest review.

Teens will definitely enjoy this suspenseful, quick read from April Henry, about Olivia Reinhart, whose mother was murdered presumably by her father, and left at a Walmart at the age of three. This is what our protagonist has believed all her life, until detectives knock at her door, saying part of her father’s remains have been found and it looks like he was killed at the same time as her mother!

Suddenly, Olivia is not the daughter of a killer. As she heads to her hometown for a memorial service for her father, memories begin to surface and she is determined to find her parents’ killer.


Skunk on a String

Skunk on a StringSkunk on a String by Thao Lam

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This wordless picture book follows the very entertaining adventures of Skunk as he travels the country – yes, on a string – but really, on a balloon! He horrifies the people and animals he encounters on his journey as he reaches his goal.

The author/artist uses a paper collage style with objects and animals often shown in patterns and florals. Skunk gets a little lost on some pages.

Little Red

Little RedLittle Red by Bethan Woollvin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Black, gray and white illustrations punched with red make this tale come alive.

An illustration shows that Grandma is clearly eaten by the wolf. Little Red is not afraid and recognizes the wolf in Grandma’s house. She enters armed with an axe and emerges wearing the wolf’s coat.

Not for everyone!

The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red CoatThe Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We know there will be a kidnapping. What we don’t know is who will do it, nor why. Kidnappers are sometimes stupid; kidnappers are sometimes cunning and conniving.

Alternating chapters tell the story from Beth’s and Carmel’s perspectives. I think this helps soften the harshness of the kidnapping – not letting the reader’s imagination run wild. This also shows us two tenacious females who undergo some amazing character development.

Good for Carmel for continuing to try to wear red!

Parents, tell your children that kidnappers lie and what they lie about!!!