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"Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?" On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel - only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her. Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She "Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?" On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel - only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her. Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She begins having vivid nightmares. She wakes up to find her bedroom window wide open, letting in the snow. She thinks she sees the shadow of a girl lurking in the woods. And she feels the pull of the abandoned grave, calling her back to the clearing... Obsessed with figuring out what's going on, Iris and Daniel start to research the area for a school project. They discover that Avery's grave is actually part of a neglected and forgotten Black cemetery, dating back to a time when White and Black people were kept separate in life - and in death. As Iris and Daniel learn more about their town's past, they become determined to restore Avery's grave and finally have proper respect paid to Avery and the others buried there. But they have awakened a jealous and demanding ghost, one that's not satisfied with their plans for getting recognition. One that is searching for a best friend forever - no matter what the cost. The Forgotten Girl is both a spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.


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"Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?" On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel - only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her. Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She "Do you know what it feels like to be forgotten?" On a cold winter night, Iris and her best friend, Daniel, sneak into a clearing in the woods to play in the freshly fallen snow. There, Iris carefully makes a perfect snow angel - only to find the crumbling gravestone of a young girl, Avery Moore, right beneath her. Immediately, strange things start to happen to Iris: She begins having vivid nightmares. She wakes up to find her bedroom window wide open, letting in the snow. She thinks she sees the shadow of a girl lurking in the woods. And she feels the pull of the abandoned grave, calling her back to the clearing... Obsessed with figuring out what's going on, Iris and Daniel start to research the area for a school project. They discover that Avery's grave is actually part of a neglected and forgotten Black cemetery, dating back to a time when White and Black people were kept separate in life - and in death. As Iris and Daniel learn more about their town's past, they become determined to restore Avery's grave and finally have proper respect paid to Avery and the others buried there. But they have awakened a jealous and demanding ghost, one that's not satisfied with their plans for getting recognition. One that is searching for a best friend forever - no matter what the cost. The Forgotten Girl is both a spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.

30 review for The Forgotten Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Super creepy, but also full of heart. This is a middle grade book that educates just as much as it scares, full of superstition, the ingrained racism that still exists in the world of today, and the past full of forgotten people of color who deserve to be remembered.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    4 out of 10 Not my cup of tea. Too serious for a horror fast-paced read, too paranormal for a serious middle-grade book about racial problems and segregation. Plus I'm tired of cliches when one character loses their parent and changes or when two best friends are girl and boy. Since when authors stopped to write about girlish friendship? Girls in modern books are always enemies. No me gusta. Sisters relationship though I did like. Relatable. Also many thanks for touching such a series topis as 4 out of 10 Not my cup of tea. Too serious for a horror fast-paced read, too paranormal for a serious middle-grade book about racial problems and segregation. Plus I'm tired of cliches when one character loses their parent and changes or when two best friends are girl and boy. Since when authors stopped to write about girlish friendship? Girls in modern books are always enemies. No me gusta. Sisters relationship though I did like. Relatable. Also many thanks for touching such a series topis as segregation.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Hawley

    Every year when my daughter’s school has the Scholastic Book Fair, I always buy a ghost story. I rarely read any children’s/young adult books other than those with my daughter, but for some reason, I’ve always loved these kid’s ghost stories. I thought this one was probably the best I’ve read. It was spooky and even a little menacing without going overboard, but it didn’t pull any punches just because it’s for kids. And I thought the story made good sense (unlike some others I’ve read that Every year when my daughter’s school has the Scholastic Book Fair, I always buy a ghost story. I rarely read any children’s/young adult books other than those with my daughter, but for some reason, I’ve always loved these kid’s ghost stories. I thought this one was probably the best I’ve read. It was spooky and even a little menacing without going overboard, but it didn’t pull any punches just because it’s for kids. And I thought the story made good sense (unlike some others I’ve read that really got lost at the climax). I also really enjoyed how this author wove segregation into this story, which would give young readers a chance to learn more about some history.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Akoss

    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL Released 11/5/19 On a cold winter night, Iris sneaks out with her best friend Daniel to enjoy the very first snow of the season. In doing so she unknowingly brings home the ghost of a girl like her, a girl forgotten by most whenever she matters the most. This was a delightful page turner and emotional read. Friendships are something @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. THE FORGOTTEN GIRL Released 11/5/19 On a cold winter night, Iris sneaks out with her best friend Daniel to enjoy the very first snow of the season. In doing so she unknowingly brings home the ghost of a girl like her, a girl forgotten by most whenever she matters the most. This was a delightful page turner and emotional read. Friendships are something I've never been really successful at and seeing it front and center in this book really got to me. I love how the real history of segregation, especially graveyard segregation gets seamlessly woven into this chilling and spooky story. There is something for everyone, kids and adults. I highly recommend you check it out from the library or surprise someone with a copy as a gift.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is delightfully chilling while also offering a story about segregation when it came to death prior to the Civil Rights movement. Iris is a great narrator and her relationships with her parents, as well as her best friend and his grandmother, are so real and so 11-year-old. I loved the longing she had to just do her best and be her best at school while also wanting to out perform the mean girl in her class. The ghost story is clever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Casson

    The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown Is an intriguing story about a young girl, Iris and her best friend Daniel. Daniel’s grandmother has many superstitions and she forbids the children to go outside alone in the snowy night because she fears the spirits of the snow will feed off of therm. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book but I was hoping for more of a thriller. I thought maybe since it was a thriller it would be a little more creepy but it wasn’t. It did have some interesting The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown Is an intriguing story about a young girl, Iris and her best friend Daniel. Daniel’s grandmother has many superstitions and she forbids the children to go outside alone in the snowy night because she fears the spirits of the snow will feed off of therm. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book but I was hoping for more of a thriller. I thought maybe since it was a thriller it would be a little more creepy but it wasn’t. It did have some interesting parts but it took awhile to get to them. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it really wasn’t what I was hoping for but I can understand why some people would disagree. In my opinion this book might suit a young age group than mine even tho it was recommended for my age.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Nourse

    I could not put this book down and devoured it in a day. Not only was it beautifully written with compelling and real characters that I fell in love with, The Forgotten Girl also taught me about segregation and forgotten cemeteries. The Forgotten Girl is the exact book I wished I’d had growing up, and I can’t wait to tuck it away for my kids to read in a few years.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kenneth - PerfectionistWannabe.com

    [I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.] I really liked this ghost story. Not only do you get a little scary story, but you also learn about abandoned and segregated graveyards. For those who want your children to learn about segregation, then I recommend this story. It starts with a graveyard, but then you learn about the first kids that were part of the desegregation of schools. It's a little bit of a history lesson mixed in with a scary ghost story. A great way to teach kids.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Iris and her best friend and neighbor, Daniel, live in a North Carolina neighborhood that abuts a woods. One night, they sneak out to play in the snow, something that Daniel's grandmother, Suga, doesn't like. They make snow angels, and venture further into the woods where they find an abandoned grace for Avery Moore, who died back in the 1950s at about their age. Iris starts to have a creepy feeling that Avery is haunting her, and there are inklings that she has perhaps E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Iris and her best friend and neighbor, Daniel, live in a North Carolina neighborhood that abuts a woods. One night, they sneak out to play in the snow, something that Daniel's grandmother, Suga, doesn't like. They make snow angels, and venture further into the woods where they find an abandoned grace for Avery Moore, who died back in the 1950s at about their age. Iris starts to have a creepy feeling that Avery is haunting her, and there are inklings that she has perhaps gotten to Iris's young sister, Vashti, as well. Daniel and Iris have a school project on local history, and start investigating abandoned graves in the area only to realize that at the time, cemeteries were segregated, and many of the African American ones were plowed over or abandoned. Daniel has an especial interest because his father has passed away, and Iris has had several instances in the past where the school "inadvertently" left her out of things because she is one of the few African Americans in the school. She's busy with step team, but throws herself into the investigation, even interviewing Suga and finding out some secrets about both her and Avery's past. Avery becomes increasingly insistent with her hauntings, and Iris soon realizes that she must help put her spirit to rest by assuring that she is not forgotten. Strengths: You would think that most middle grade books would have well developed characters with have easily discernible plots that are fairly easy to understand and remember; you might be wrong. I've read a lot this summer (writing this review 8/14/19) that are so crammed with characters and cover so many subplots that even I get confused! Many of my students struggle with reading and prefer graphic novels, but maybe part of it is that middle grade books are trying to deliver too many political/social-emotional messages! The Forgotten Girl was sort of brilliant in that respect-- it was a solid ghost mystery that drew in local history and civil rights issues in an easy to understand, relatable way. I didn't feel bludgeoned when I finished it, and I enjoyed the friendship, the strong family ties, and the picture of integration in one town. Weaknesses: This was a good, well constructed story; I just didn't find it very scary. What I really think: I will purchase for the creepy, Mary Downing Hahn style cover and the discussion of segregation during the 1950s.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    “It was strange, knowing that a little girl was buried back there. So close to her bedroom window. She had to know why, to know what happened to her. Maybe that’s why she had that dream. And the only way to stop herself from having it again was to face it head on.” (Pg. 47) This book trailer was an absolute hit at our school—the kids wanted this but didn’t buy it LOL and after a few weeks on the shelves I decided to take it home to read and again rekindle the book love..so yeah another “It was strange, knowing that a little girl was buried back there. So close to her bedroom window. She had to know why, to know what happened to her. Maybe that’s why she had that dream. And the only way to stop herself from having it again was to face it head on.” (Pg. 47) This book trailer was an absolute hit at our school—the kids wanted this but didn’t buy it LOL and after a few weeks on the shelves I decided to take it home to read and again rekindle the book love..so yeah another Scholastic book fair selection with an awesome cover depicting a gorgeous black girl with flowing hair in the snow with the visually captivating book trailer drawing you in---I can’t tell you how many kids wanted this to be a movie or thought it already was..its all about the past meeting the present, snow and a little girl dead for a long time with a mystery to uncover.. This is the story of Iris and her best friend Daniel—Iris has always been fascinated by snow and afraid of the dark however she very vividly describes how the snow illuminates the dark and late one night she convinces her best friend to explore the winter wonderland of Easaw, North Carolina…They sneak out of the house and uncover the forgotten grave of a little girl named Avery Moore and so begins Iris’s nightmare/dreams, the unexplained visions of a girl in her window and the strange urge to learn more and more.. Iris and Daniel begin to uncover the town’s secrets and find out that there was a segregated graveyard long forgotten about which leads Iris to realize that the ghost girl Avery is trying to help her and those buried there be remembered..Avery was not just a forgotten black girl she was also one of the first black children to integrate an all-white school making her memory all that much more important—great insight into what it means and why its important to leave a legacy and hits Iris as the only black girl in her school and a Step Team captain. “If there was no trace of Avery even going to this school when she was one of the nine who desegregated it, the same thing was on track to happen to Iris, her step team, her project. She wouldn’t let that happen.” (Pg. 124) This book also does a great job of exploring fear and loss as Daniel recently lost his father and there are many poignant moments when he has to deal with losing someone so close to him- “Derek, Jamal and Daniel all hung out frequently, sometimes even calling on Iris when they needed to make the basketball teams even. But after Daniel’s dad died, it was hard for them to really talk about it. They didn’t know what to say to one another, didn’t know how to talk about it. They were afraid of crying. Afraid of consoling. He knew it wasn’t their fault. It seemed as if they were all afraid of something.” (Pg. 163) As the book goes on there are side plots of mean girls, school committees, baby sisters and big sister drama and a grandma whose memory and practical advice helps with Avery as the story also makes you question whether this ghost is here for evil or good… I liked this one as it was a fast read that makes you think, and want to be proactive on remembering others and dealing with loss..Recommended, thank you Scholastic Book Fairs!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.2 Do you believe that ghost are real? Iris has to believe they are real, even if her best friend, Daniel, doesn't. Despite Daniel's grandmother's warning to never go out at night in the freshly fallen snow, Iris and Daniel sneak out late at night to play in the snow. They are having a great time until Iris lays down to make a snow angel. That is when she realizes that she is laying on top of a grave... and that is when the air around them changes. The grave Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.2 Do you believe that ghost are real? Iris has to believe they are real, even if her best friend, Daniel, doesn't. Despite Daniel's grandmother's warning to never go out at night in the freshly fallen snow, Iris and Daniel sneak out late at night to play in the snow. They are having a great time until Iris lays down to make a snow angel. That is when she realizes that she is laying on top of a grave... and that is when the air around them changes. The grave belongs to a girl named Avery Moore, a girl their own age. This may sound crazy since they are playing in the snow at night, but a chill went through Iris that had nothing to do with the snow. From that point on eerie things start happening to Iris - she begins having scary nightmares, she is seeing shadows of a girl, and when she wakes up her window is open. Iris and Daniel begin researching the graveyard and they find out that it is a neglected and forgotten Black cemetery from back to segregation times. This was a time when blacks and whites were separated in live.. and death. As things start to become more intense and more dangerous for Iris, Daniel has to make a decision to either believe her or lose her. Will Iris, who feels forgotten in her own school, be led to become a forever friend with Avery? In their research will they find that Avery has a personal relationship to one of their family members? If Iris resist the urge to become a forever friend in death with Avery, will Avery go after other members of her family? Read this incredibly spooky, creepy, and page turning story that you won't be able to put down until the truth comes out!! The Forgotten Girl will definitely have a space (or two or three) on my library shelves. I was listening to this book in my car to and from work. I would sit in the car for way longer than I should have because I could not stop listening to this book. This book is so scary and there were times just when you think things couldn't get worse for Iris, the ghost of Avery takes it to a whole different level! This book is incredible and is a must read!! Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibra... Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibr... Twitter - @laurieevans27 https://twitter.com/laurieevans27?lan... Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2... YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCulD... Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-ev...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hnatiuk

    I am grateful that Saskatoon Public Library has a subscription to Hoopla that allowed me to listen to this book. Readers who enjoy spooky creepy themes will be more than happy with this title. Iris is a young black girl who loves step and her best friend is Daniel who lives next door. When Iris and Daniel sneak out at night to play in the snow by the woods, they get more than they bargained for - they discover a graveyard. When Iris makes a snow angel above something hard they soon figure out it I am grateful that Saskatoon Public Library has a subscription to Hoopla that allowed me to listen to this book. Readers who enjoy spooky creepy themes will be more than happy with this title. Iris is a young black girl who loves step and her best friend is Daniel who lives next door. When Iris and Daniel sneak out at night to play in the snow by the woods, they get more than they bargained for - they discover a graveyard. When Iris makes a snow angel above something hard they soon figure out it is the grave of Avery Moore a young girl the same age as them Almost immediately afterwards, Iris has difficulty sleeping and has nightmares imagining a girl is watching her. It doesn’t take long for Iris to realize that they have awoken and disturbed Avery and now she is demanding that she not be forgotten. A new school project asking students to learn more about their community, leads Iris and Daniel to investigate the gravestones and why it was abandoned. As their research continues they discover that Daniel’s grandmother was Avery’s best friend and that she died in a snowstorm Iris also feels a personal connection to Avery in that Avery is The Forgotten Girl of the past and Iris feels like she could be The Forgotten Girl of the present the way her school continues to make her feel invisible and overlooks activities she participates in. This motivates her to make people aware of the graveyard and Avery. Avery is upset that she has been erased and demands that Iris do something about it. As things escalate, Iris quickly realizes with growing terror that not only is Iris in danger but so is her younger sister. The only ones that may be able to save them is Daniel and his grandmother. What makes this book unique is that while it is a spooky ghost story, Avery Moore is a forgotten girl who was one of nine black students who were integrated into Iris’s school. So now intertwined with the ghost story we are seamlessly learning about segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. The other strong component is the relationship between Iris and Daniel. Readers will be able to relate to their friendship which presented realistically with its own ups and downs. I think there will be many students who will love the spookiness of the story and at the same time it opens the door to discuss important topics relevant today.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hfarooqui

    This book is “The Forgotten Girl” by India Hill Brown. The Forgotten Girl is about an average girl named Iris who sleeps alone with a night light that flickers on and off. As she hears knocking at her window, she sees another girl who is a ghost forgotten by her loved ones. Meanwhile Iris’s best friend Daniel isn’t believing her and is trying to give Iris advice on what to believe and what to ignore. Will Iris follow Daniel’s words or will she follow the forgotten ones steps? This book is This book is “The Forgotten Girl” by India Hill Brown. The Forgotten Girl is about an average girl named Iris who sleeps alone with a night light that flickers on and off. As she hears knocking at her window, she sees another girl who is a ghost forgotten by her loved ones. Meanwhile Iris’s best friend Daniel isn’t believing her and is trying to give Iris advice on what to believe and what to ignore. Will Iris follow Daniel’s words or will she follow the forgotten ones steps? This book is realistic fiction, but specifically horror, thriller, and mystery. Many people can believe in ghosts or spirits but it isn’t shown or known as realistic. The descriptions from this book are not reality based, but are there to get you interested as well as give you the chills, or shivers. Which is leading to what age, or type of readers would like “The Forgotten Girl”. There wouldn’t be a specific preference to what gender could read to this. Overall it would also depend on what type of reader you are, and what you can handle. Many readers would not like to read horror, because of it being too scary for their interest. An example of internal conflict (Man vs Self) in this book is when Iris is trying to figure out if she should follow the ghost to where it’s leading her. This is an internal conflict because Iris is thinking inside of her head, and not physically talking out loud to somebody else. Meanwhile it’s like she is having a conversation with her inner-self. An example of an external conflict (Man vs Man) is when Iris disobeys her mother’s order to not leave the house in the snow blizzard without her mother at night just to see the snow. But Iris’s ghost wants her to come outside, but as Iris doesn’t know what to do, her mom can’t find out. I think that this is a great book for people to read. I really liked it because it is definitely a great genre to read. The book was very interesting, as well as kept me interested and hooked. This is definitely a book to get scared of or to get chills but is a great one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Merrilyn Tucker

    When Iris and her best friend Daniel find a grave in the woods across from their houses, they could never have predicted the future ahead of them: the ghost from the grave haunts Iris and her little sister. Iris and Daniel choose to do their social studies project on abandoned graveyards in their town because they want to delve into the history of segregation in their town. This leads them to find out that their own middle school had been segregated in the 1950s, and Avery the ghost had been one When Iris and her best friend Daniel find a grave in the woods across from their houses, they could never have predicted the future ahead of them: the ghost from the grave haunts Iris and her little sister. Iris and Daniel choose to do their social studies project on abandoned graveyards in their town because they want to delve into the history of segregation in their town. This leads them to find out that their own middle school had been segregated in the 1950s, and Avery the ghost had been one of the nine children who first integrated the school. Avery believes she was forgotten by everyone and sets out to make Iris notice her, which almost leads to disaster. When Daniel's grandmother, Suga, is pulled into the mystery, the kids find out that Suga had been friends with Avery back in the day. Concurrently, Iris's step team has been left out of the awards program and it is very likely due to Iris being black. She also feels forgotten, so she relates to Avery. Finally, the ghost is appeased and Iris and Daniel are recognized by the school and their community for the research they did on the graveyards . I enjoyed this story but felt that the first-time author took on so many issues that none got full coverage.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Menkus

    I like a good ghost story - something that explores the supernatural and helps me take a peak at those who have 'crossed over to the other side' and are not at rest. This book provides the insight from a young girl's perspective - she is not at rest because she was 'forgotten'. Young Iris and her friend, Daniel, chance across an abandoned cemetery when they play in the snow one night. Iris makes a snow angel right on top of young Avery Moore's grave; she is buried in a 'Black' cemetery because I like a good ghost story - something that explores the supernatural and helps me take a peak at those who have 'crossed over to the other side' and are not at rest. This book provides the insight from a young girl's perspective - she is not at rest because she was 'forgotten'. Young Iris and her friend, Daniel, chance across an abandoned cemetery when they play in the snow one night. Iris makes a snow angel right on top of young Avery Moore's grave; she is buried in a 'Black' cemetery because there was a 'White' cemetery across the street. Wow - segregation even after you are dead . . . . not right. And this Black cemetery was forgotten by the town of Easaw, North Carolina - the crumbling headstones were lost in the woods. But, Avery seizes the opportunity to be remembered by haunting Iris! This ghost story includes segregation, teenage angst, middle school drama, as well as superstitions and old wives' tales. I enjoyed it, and recommend it to all Young Adult fiction readers!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    When Iris and her best friend Daniel sneak out of their respective houses to play in the snow in North Carolina, they discover the gravestone of Avery Moore. The two youngsters decide to investigate graves in their town, and realize that cemeteries in Easaw where once segregated, and the graves of the African-American residents were often forgotten and fell into disrepair. Iris is determined to mount a school project to restore the grave sites and bring honor to Avery, who died under unusual When Iris and her best friend Daniel sneak out of their respective houses to play in the snow in North Carolina, they discover the gravestone of Avery Moore. The two youngsters decide to investigate graves in their town, and realize that cemeteries in Easaw where once segregated, and the graves of the African-American residents were often forgotten and fell into disrepair. Iris is determined to mount a school project to restore the grave sites and bring honor to Avery, who died under unusual circumstances. But Avery wants so much more, and her spirit seems determined to keep Iris by her side. As it turns out, Daniel's grandmother, Suga, once had a connection with Avery herself, and there's a very good reason that she never goes outside when it's snowing. Middle grade readers may enjoy this haunting novel with its supernatural aspects and old regrets juxtaposed against modern day bullying and power trips in school. The author does a good job of showing how Iris is falling under the thrall of Avery and how hard it is to resist her.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura Gardner

    Thanks to @scholasticinc and @booksandbighair for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange . 〰 〰 Not out until November 5, but pre-order now for grades 3+! /5 . 〰 〰 The Forgotten Girl manages to be spooky and historically and culturally relevant all at once. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. . 〰 〰 Iris and her best friend Daniel discover a forgotten grave site of a Black girl in rural North Carolina only to be visited by her ghost. Haunting and mysterious! . 〰 〰 Book 35 for #30booksummer . Thanks to @scholasticinc and @booksandbighair for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange . 〰️ 〰️ Not out until November 5, but pre-order now for grades 3+! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 . 〰️ 〰️ The Forgotten Girl manages to be spooky and historically and culturally relevant all at once. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. . 〰️ 〰️ Iris and her best friend Daniel discover a forgotten grave site of a Black girl in rural North Carolina only to be visited by her ghost. Haunting and mysterious! . 〰️ 〰️ Book 35 for #30booksummer . 〰️ 〰️ #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #mglit #mgbooks #ilovemg #theforgottengirl #indiahillbrown #bookstagram #bookreview #booksbooksbooks

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maryann Kasouha

    The story, the Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown is a great book, if you are into surprising books, it has a great level of suspense. A girl named Iris and her best friend Daniel uncover a grave, Avery Moore s grave. Avery haunts Iris wanting to be remembered for desegregating Iris and Daniel s School. Little did they know that Daniel s grandmother is the ghostś best friend. At the end, Avery forgives everyone for the crazy things that she has done. I recommend this book to everyone, The story, the Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown is a great book, if you are into surprising books, it has a great level of suspense. A girl named Iris and her best friend Daniel uncover a grave, Avery Moore ́s grave. Avery haunts Iris wanting to be remembered for desegregating Iris and Daniel ́s School. Little did they know that Daniel ́s grandmother is the ̈ghostś ̈ best friend. At the end, Avery forgives everyone for the crazy things that she has done. I recommend this book to everyone, especially sixth graders who like a little scare. Make sure that you get this book, because it is a great one. That is why I think that you should get the book the Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I don't usually read 'scary' books, but I won a free autographed copy of this book from Scholastic & had to give it a try! I also usually like to read in bed at night before going to sleep! LOL That definitely did not happen with this book! It seriously have me goosebumps & I had to read it in the daylight hours! But I did love it & my book club kids are screaming for me to read it to them. Thanks, India Hill Brown for this fantastic ghost story! & For creating a story about I don't usually read 'scary' books, but I won a free autographed copy of this book from Scholastic & had to give it a try! I also usually like to read in bed at night before going to sleep! LOL That definitely did not happen with this book! It seriously have me goosebumps & I had to read it in the daylight hours! But I did love it & my book club kids are screaming for me to read it to them. Thanks, India Hill Brown for this fantastic ghost story! & For creating a story about family & friendship. It was fantastic!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    This is a wonderful idea for a story. A bit of history, a bit of middle school politics, a bit scary. I would have loved to love this book but it didn’t really do it for me. I felt the writing was uneven, the characters were a bit flat and the most interesting part for me - the history of segregation - was the potato in the stew, whereas I would have at least made it the carrots. Overall, I think it’s a book with great potential and I will keep an eye out for more of Brown’s work. With ideas This is a wonderful idea for a story. A bit of history, a bit of middle school politics, a bit scary. I would have loved to love this book but it didn’t really do it for me. I felt the writing was uneven, the characters were a bit flat and the most interesting part for me - the history of segregation - was the potato in the stew, whereas I would have at least made it the carrots. Overall, I think it’s a book with great potential and I will keep an eye out for more of Brown’s work. With ideas like this she has potential to become an author I love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Iris is the outgoing one and Daniel is the play it safe one. When Iris wants to go into the forest behind their houses, Daniel doesn't know if he should go or not. They find a grave of someone they have never heard of before. Iris starts seeing Avery, the forgotten girl, in her dreams, or is it real? Iris and Daniel are working on a school project about forgotten graveyards. Avery doesn't want to be forgotten and she will do anything to make herself be remembered, even if it means taking someone Iris is the outgoing one and Daniel is the play it safe one. When Iris wants to go into the forest behind their houses, Daniel doesn't know if he should go or not. They find a grave of someone they have never heard of before. Iris starts seeing Avery, the forgotten girl, in her dreams, or is it real? Iris and Daniel are working on a school project about forgotten graveyards. Avery doesn't want to be forgotten and she will do anything to make herself be remembered, even if it means taking someone else's life.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    In all honesty l, I picked up The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown because my friend had just picked it up for me at ALA in DC and because it looked like a quick read. I rarely read middle- grade books but I'm so glad I read this one. Once I started, I just wanted to finish because in enjoyed it so much. It touches on the times when the country was still segregated and starting to desegregate as well as segregated cemeteries. It also had a ghostly storyline to it as well.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    A strange blend of ghost story, civil rights history, and a reminder to remember the past. The story didn't quite jell for me, but this debut holds promise for the future. A hadn't heard about segregated cemeteries before, so that was interesting. It was a popular book at our Book Fair, so I wonder how the kids are liking it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jeffcoat

    I loved this book! I ghost story that keeps the pages turning, coupled with an interesting historical fiction piece! This was very interesting and made we want to research! Iris, Daniel, and Suga are all strong characters that are easily relatable. This story is filled with love, forgiveness, and hope while being a suspenseful ghost story! A must read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debra Branigan

    Looking for a spooky read? Then, pick this one up. Iris, a middle schooler, and her friend Daniel stumble upon an old grave marker in the woods behind their house. Then odd and frightening things begin to happen. This is quite a chilling read in parts with homespun superstitions to add to the atmosphere. While Iris is dealing with the supernatural, the book also addresses what is going on in her current life like subtle racism, and explores the segregated past and its effects on Looking for a spooky read? Then, pick this one up. Iris, a middle schooler, and her friend Daniel stumble upon an old grave marker in the woods behind their house. Then odd and frightening things begin to happen. This is quite a chilling read in parts with homespun superstitions to add to the atmosphere. While Iris is dealing with the supernatural, the book also addresses what is going on in her current life like subtle racism, and explores the segregated past and its effects on African-Americans through a research project of the kids. This is an excellent middle grade read with timely topics embedded within a ghost story. The one caveat is it could be too "scary" for some readers in a scene or two.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was a great read from an #ownvoices author. It had just the right amount of scary for an elementary audience and told about a fascinating part of American history - segregated graveyards that have been forgotten.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This is kind of Wait Til Helen Comes-ish, except not scary. Resolved too quickly and too easily. I liked how the topic of segregation was approached, but I don't think this wholly succeeded as a ghost story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ollie

    I rarely read scary stories but I was intrigued by the title. The mix of family, friends, abandonment and loss of loved ones is skillfully done. The friendship between the families is lovingly detailed. I didn't really think of being forgotten but of being overlooked.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kriss

    Abandoned graveyards, forgotten ghosts, windows that open by themselves. I can't wait to recommend this spooky book at my Scholastic book fair! I got it early as part of a promo pack and read it in one day. My 3-5th graders who love to be spooked are going to enjoy this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Super spooky! If you like a good ghost story, you'll love this frightful book. I also enjoyed the setting, a forgotten and abandoned African-American cemetery and the historical aspects that are introduced.

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