I'm Not Who You Think I Am

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Who is the strange woman in the white car watching Ginger? She appears at Ginger's birthday party, at her school, and in front of her house, but Ginger has never met her before. When she confronts Ginger, she reveals a secret that will change Ginger's life. And when the woman's confrontations become threatening, Ginger is forced into a crisis of loyalty and honor—a crisis from which her family might never recover.

Thirteen-year-old Ginger becomes the target of a ...

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Overview

Who is the strange woman in the white car watching Ginger? She appears at Ginger's birthday party, at her school, and in front of her house, but Ginger has never met her before. When she confronts Ginger, she reveals a secret that will change Ginger's life. And when the woman's confrontations become threatening, Ginger is forced into a crisis of loyalty and honor—a crisis from which her family might never recover.

Thirteen-year-old Ginger becomes the target of a disturbed woman who believes that she is her dead daughter.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lynn Evarts
Ginger is having a bad week. One of her favorite teachers' job is threatened when an influential community member, who does a great deal of business with Ginger's family, criticizes his coaching. Ginger also has a woman in a white car stalking her. The woman approaches Ginger at the bus stop and tells Ginger that she is her real mother, making Ginger wonder if the family she has known all of her life is really her biological family. The woman continues to stalk Ginger and eventually resorts to extreme measures to force Ginger to cooperate. In the meantime, Ginger has evidence that will help their teacher keep his coaching job, but if she comes forth with it, her family may suffer financially. With her parents out of town, Ginger must make some important decisions and use her common sense to escape from her new "mother." Kehret has created another tale of the kind she is known for-middle grade suspense fare. Young people will like the stalker plot and relate to Ginger's feelings of divided loyalty when her support of her teacher might impact her family. While the characters are not particularly well developed and the two plot lines do not quite mesh, this book will appeal to those who have enjoyed Kehret's books in the past (Don't Go Near Mrs. Tallie [Minstrel, 1995/VOYA February 1996], Danger at the Fair [Cobblehill, 1995/VOYA October 1995]). There is something to be said for the appeal of this type of story with middle schoolers-they love every minute of it. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
KLIATT
Ginger is celebrating her 13th birthday in a restaurant with her family. Everything seems wonderful except for the uneasy feeling that someone is watching her. Then a woman she doesn't know comes by and smiles at her and Ginger thinks she has been silly to worry. Unfortunately, this woman begins showing up in unexpected places—even at Ginger's school. Should she tell anyone? She does confide in her best friend Karie, but they both think it is best not to alarm anyone, especially since Ginger's parents are going out of town and Ginger does not want to spoil their trip. The woman, Joyce, is very troubled. She has been looking for her daughter and feels so lucky that finally she has found her. Although the girl has changed her name to Ginger and she is living with another family, Joyce knows that she will be able to convince this young woman of her real past. Joyce will be gentle and just talk with the girl but if that doesn't work, she may have to get her brother involved. He will know exactly what to do to get her daughter back. Ginger uses her wits and good sense in a frightening sequence that shows she is more mature than her 13 years. These are characters we can care about. This is a well-written and fast-paced mystery that draws on a problem that, in our world today, could too easily be a reality. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1999, Penguin Putnam, Puffin, 154p., $4.99. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Sally M. Tibbetts; Audio Visual/ LRC, Maine West H.S., Des Plaines, I , September 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 5)
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Ginger looks nothing like her mother, father, or sister. When a woman claims to be her real mother and begins to stalk Ginger, Ginger begins to doubt her entire life. Simultaneously, her beloved basketball coach might lose his job because a few angry parents want their children to play more. Ginger has the evidence to save her coach's job but the truth might cost her mother and sister their most important customers--one of the angry parents. The dual plots merge in an exciting climax in which Ginger learns the truth about her past.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Two separate plot lines involve Ginger in danger and controversy. She is being stalked by a mentally ill woman who believes that the 13-year-old is her daughter. Meanwhile, Ginger's favorite teacher, Mr. Wren, is being harassed by Mrs. Vaughn, an irate and influential parent who doesn't like the way he is coaching the girls' basketball team. Ginger's parents are away on business trips, so there is no adult on the scene to turn to when she and her older sister begin to suspect that someone is watching their house. Nor can anyone advise her on what to do in the case of her teacher. Because she videotapes the school's basketball games, she has proof that Mr. Wren has done a good job of coaching. But if she makes those tapes public, her mother and sister may lose customers because Mrs. Vaughn threatens to boycott their party-planning and catering businesses. As events unfold, suspense builds. The mentally ill woman is a sinister presence, but she is not a well-developed character. Mrs. Vaughn is the quintessential obnoxious parent, pushy and self-centered. Ginger is a plucky, thoughtful young teen. When the two plots converge in the final scenes, everything is resolved satisfactorily. This enjoyable novel will draw readers' interest and keep them turning pages. The message, that a person should follow her conscience and do the right thing in spite of the expected consequences, is one that young people will understand and appreciate.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Kirkus Reviews
In an age of missing children, Kehret (The Blizzard Disaster, 1998, etc.) spins an exciting tale about a deranged mother and the child-not hers-she stalks. Ginger has long had the feeling that somebody is watching her; during her 13th birthday party in a restaurant, she sees a strange woman staring at her, who also appears to write down the license plate number when Ginger's family drives away. Questions nag at Ginger but she brushes them off, facing other, more ordinary problems. A meddlesome parent, Mrs. Vaughn, is trying to get Mr. Wren, Ginger's basketball coach, fired; wanting more playing time for her own daughter, Mrs. Vaughn has concocted a list of complaints, claiming that Mr. Wren doesn't teach basic skills. Ginger, an aspiring sports announcer, has videotaped many of the practices and has the evidence to prove Mrs. Vaughn wrong, but is afraid-as is most of the community-of getting on the woman's wrong side. The stalking of Ginger, her near-kidnapping, and her attempt to live honorably by coming forward to save Mr. Wren converge in a dramatic climax. While the story reads like a thriller, the character development and moral dilemmas add depth and substance. (Fiction. 10-12) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141312378
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 243,182
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.21 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Peg Kehret was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Minnesota, spent fourteen years in California, and now lives with her husband in Washington State. They have two grown children, four grandchildren, one dog, and one cat.

Peg's novels for children are regularly recommended by the American Library Association, the International Reading Association, and the Children's Book Council. She has won many state "young reader" or "children's choice" awards. Peg's characters are ordinary kids who find themselves in exciting situations and who use their wits to solve their problems. There is usually humor as well as suspense in her books. A long-time volunteer at The Humane Society, she often uses animals in her stories.

Before she began writing books for children, Peg published plays, short stories, articles, and two books for adults. She is a frequent speaker at conferences for librarians and teachers.

At the age of twelve, Peg had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. Because she can remember that experience and her year of recovery so vividly, she finds it easy to write in the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen year old. Most of her main characters are that age. Her autobiography, Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, won the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Children's Literature.

When she is not writing, Peg likes to watch baseball, bake cookies, and pump her old player piano.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I started reading this book because the premise sounded interest

    I started reading this book because the premise sounded interesting, but the more I got into it, the more I didn't like it. It is well-written and others might enjoy it, however.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    must read book

    Peg Kehret has written many books, but one of my favorites is I'm Not Who You Think I Am. It is the perfect book of adventure, mystery, and humor. Ginger Shaw has a problem. A lady named Joyce thinks she is Ginger's mother! Ginger and her friend Karie are not sure if Joyce is her mother. Tipper, Gingers brother, is my favorite character because he is funny. Do you want to know if Joyce is Ginger's mother? Well read the book and find out! I recommend the book for people that like exciting books. by Jack the book chooser

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    I'm Not Who You Think I Am

    this book was ok. i dont think they explain the characters very well. it was a good book over all.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Amazing book!

    This is an amazing book. It teaches children about telling an adult when you are scared or frightended by what a stranger is doing. It is very education, thrilling, and adventurous. Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    Im Not Who You Think I Am

    this book was okay, but not great. it as a weird concept and a little creepy for children, i read it when i was about 8 or 9.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Best book ever!!!

    This book is really good. The title is I¿m not the girl that you think I am by Peg Kehert. There is this girl named Ginger, she is having her birthday party at a restaurant and there is a strange woman staring at her. When the lady leaves she tells Ginger happy birthday and Ginger didn't know who she was. When Ginger and her family are leaving the restaurant she sees the lady staring at her and writing something down on a piece of paper. Ginger thought that she was writing down their license plate number and she didn't know why. The next day Ginger saw the woman at her school, Ginger was a little freaked out. Another day the lady tried to talk to her at the bus stop and she said the Ginger was her daughter. The lady asked Ginger to stay after school so she could talk to her. Ginger did and the lady kept insisting that Ginger was her daughter. Gigner kept telling her that she wasn't. Then one day when Ginger was going home the lady and some guy told her that they had her little brother and they told her that if she wants to see him again she had to go with them. Do you think she went? Will she see her brother again? You will have to read the book to find out. The thing I didn¿t like about this book was that it dragged a little bit in the middle. It got kind of boring. I did like the part when Ginger kept telling the lady that she was not her daughter. I would recommend this book to my friends because they like mystery books like I do. I think they would enjoy it like I did. This book tells why you should not talk to strangers and tell your parents if someone you don¿t know is talking to you. If you want to know what happens to Ginger and her brother you should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Bestbook!!!!!!

    It's a great book that you never want to put down. I think one of her bests!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Outstanding book!!

    This book tells a story about a young girl who has a great deal of trouble in her life. An odd woman is stalking her AND her favorite teacher is about to get fired. Not only is it mysterious but it's very exciting. I recommend this book to kids and adults of all ages because everybody should have an oppurtunity to read an fun, scary, and exciting book once in a while. So go to the nearest library or bookstore near you and read this excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    MY FAVORITE!!!!!

    This book was so awesome! Honestly, this was the first book I read that really made me want to know what would happen next! I finished it in 2 days, and I was sad that I had finished it so soon! It kept me surprised, and made me so curious! If you get a chance, you have to read this book. You'll really love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2004

    Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED this book. It was reeeally good,and I've recommended it to all my friends. It was a little boring at the beginning, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2002

    This Is A Great Book

    Im Not Who You Think I Am is a great book and I think whoever reads it will enjoy it a ton like i did. This is a five star book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2002

    wonders

    This book is great, once you start reading it you can't stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Mysterious wonder

    This was an awesome book! I enjoyed every moment reading it. It kept me guessing. After you get started reading this book, you can't stop!

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