In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott says, “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

My hope is that this is what books become to you—as important as almost anything else on earth. This blog is about helping you find the miracle in these small, flat, rigid squares of paper while you are in middle school and beyond. Once you read alongside me, you are forever a member of my tribe of readers. No matter how you old you are, when you need to be reminded of the power of a good story, you will find me here, waiting to place one in your hands.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

GIRL, STOLEN by April Henry

copyright date: 2010
primarily marketed for: Grades 7 and up

The premise of this book promises a good story and April Henry delivers just that: a good story. 

Cheyenne Wilder’s stepmom has left her lying in the backseat of the car while she runs into the pharmacy to pick up medicine to help Cheyenne fight off pneumonia.  Cheyenne begged her to keep the car running so that the heat would stay on. 

When Griffin sees the Escalade running with the keys inside, he thinks he has scored big time.  He jumps in and takes off with a stolen car to impress his criminal-minded father. 

Griffin has no idea there is a girl in the back, which means he also doesn’t know she is the daughter of the owner of the Nike corporation. 

Cheyenne is in trouble.  She has pneumonia.  She has been kidnapped.  And she is blind.

This story is satisfying.  It has just the right amount of creepiness, the right amount of character development, the right amount of plot twists, and the right amount of resolution. 

I initially picked up this book because of the cover.  There was just something about the look of it that interested me.  In a blog comment, the author revealed the following about the cover:

“The cover designer added the nail polish and diamond earring in PhotoShop, and then scuffed up the nail polish, again in PhotoShop. The girl he used for the photograph is actually his neighbor.”

Those were elements I hadn’t even noticed.  How refreshing to have a book cover designed by someone who actually read the story! 

If you are interested, you can view a book trailer by clicking on the link: Girl Stolen.

1 comment:

  1. Taken from the headlines! We just had a baby taken here just the same way, but when the thief realized it, he abandoned the car & called in where it was-one good deed anyway. The book does sound interesting.