WILD GIRL by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House, 2009)

August 26, 2009 at 1:20 am 1 comment

wild girlThis wonderfully written book conveys the story of Lidie, a girl who leaves Brazil for the United States to reunite with her father and brother after a five-year separation.  Told in the first person, the reader will empathize with Lidie as she tries to find her place in the family, who remembers and treats her like the seven-year-old girl she was when they left.  Giff integrates the third person view of a new horse bought by Lidie’s father, and through each other, they heal.  Giff deftly demonstrates the difficulties of fitting in at school.  Particularly painful is the part where Lidie wets her pants on the first day because the teacher doesn’t understand that she has to go to the bathroom.  While this is a story of immigration, the story will translate to children who feel like they don’t fit in.  This book, with its imagery and poignancy, is simply a pleasure to read.

J-Fiction highly recommended.  Rebecca Eller (Larchmont Public Library)


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  • 1. Sydney  |  February 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    This book is really good just finished it this morning. Started it last night really good but I got stuck on the portuegese words…


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