The Girl in the Well Is Me

The Girl in the Well Is Me

by Karen Rivers


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When you move somewhere new, you get to be someone new. I was ready.

Sixth-grader Kammie Summers’s plan to be one of the popular girls at school hasn’t gone the way she hoped. She’s fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into the Girls’ club. Now she’s trapped in the dark, counting the hours, hoping to be rescued. (The Girls have gone for help, haven’t they?)

As the hours go by, Kammie’s real-life trouble mixes with memories of the best and worst moments of her life so far, including the awful reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place. And as she begins to feel hungry and thirsty and dizzy, Kammie discovers she does have visitors, including a French-speaking coyote and goats that just might be zombies. But they can’t get her out of the well. (Those Girls are coming back, aren’t they?)

“Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Darkly humorous . . . Honest and forthcoming.” —The New York Times Book Review

“I dare you to pick up this riveting novel without reading straight through to its heart-stopping conclusion.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal–winning author of The One and Only Ivan

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206963
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 491,653
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Karen Rivers’s books have been nominated for a wide range of literary awards and have been published in multiple languages. When she’s not writing, reading, or visiting schools, she can usu­ally be found hiking in the forest that flourishes behind her tiny old house in Victoria, British Columbia, where she lives with her two kids, two dogs, and two birds. Find her online at and on Twitter: @karenrivers.

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The Girl in the Well Is Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book soo much!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!! It keeps you on your toes and interested. Definitely one of my favorites!
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YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Karen Rivers has written a truly unique and quirky novel with lots of dark twists and turns. Imagine you suddenly fall into a well one day. How would you feel? Terrified? Shocked? Desperate? That is exactly how 11 year old Kammie Summers feels when she falls down a well. Kammie is the new girl in Nowheresville, Texas and she longs to be one of the popular girls at her new middle school. During an initiation ceremony into the popular girls club, Kammie falls into a well. Kammie waits in the dark, ominous well and hopes that the mean girls have gone to get help. As the hours pass, Kammie slips deeper into the well and her feverish mind starts to wander. Soon, Kammie starts hallucinating and finds herself accompanied by zombie goats and a French-speaking coyote as she reflects upon old memories and abandons any hope of rescue. Will Kammie ever be saved from the gaping maw of the well? This book is suited for older and more mature readers since some scenes are overwhelming and may upset sensitive people. At times Kammie has long flashbacks about her past that can be confusing. This book also has some very funny and humorous scenes which will have the reader laughing. Overall, this book is a deep and captivating read. Roksanna K, age 11, Broward County Mensa
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Where was Lassie? Lassie always helps people in difficult situations and she definitely was in such a situation right now. She believed that no one was going to save her, she believed that the horrific smell that filled her small space was the smell of death and that it came from the misfortunes of others before her, and she also believed that she was going to die. Kammie’s thoughts are all over the place as she contemplates what led her to be stuck inside the well. These thoughts are mingled with hallucinations which added imagination and drama to the storyline. As Kammie life is on hold and her mind is racing with erratic thoughts, three girls watch from above, their leisurely pace and jeering remarks add frustration to Kammie’s world. Kammie knew these girls were not the group she wanted to belong to, for popularity also meant cruelty yet here she was, stuck in a well while the girls looked down at her from above. The sky above changes color as the day wears on, Kammie’s thoughts become usual and the girls walk away promising to return. The oxygen is quickly vanishing all the while Kammie begins to slide deeper inside the well. Mean girls and bullying, their taunting and their deliberateness to stretch out Kammie experience inside the wall frustrated me. I was waiting for justice to be served on these girls. As they watched from above, I hoped that someone would come upon the scene and witness what they were doing but it didn’t occur like that. These mean girls continued to taunt her and waste precious time and when they left, I was impatient and nervous for the outcome. Kammie’s reflections in the well appeared quickly, they were things that were important to her or images that had stuck with her over the years. They showed the true Kammie. I didn’t find the story suspenseful but I felt calmness as I read it. As Kammie stood paralyzed stuck between the walls of the well, she knew who she was, she was figuring out the missing pieces of her life. Her obsession with goats and coyotes put a smile on my face and the ending was not what I expected. I’m torn between 3.5 stars and 4 stars. I wanted more closure at the end of the novel but I did like Kammie’s random thoughts, the authenticity of the bullying and Kammie as a character, for I think others will be able to identify with her, so based on this information, I will give it 4 stars. Thank you NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for supplying me a copy of this novel to read. This review is my own opinion.