It’s all fun and games until your own father burns your house down for insurance money, and then takes off and hides.
In the past four years, nine-year-old Ginger has endured a horrible seizure, stunted growth, a burned down house, a new dad, a new home, and a new school. Bullies seem to follow her everywhere she goes. Even with her big sister Emily at her side, life has been tough for Ginger. Can she help it if she looks like a five-year-old? Who cares if she has red hair and weird teeth? Why can’t people just call her by her real name instead of that awful nickname, “Red”? Can she really make friends in this completely different, new town? Or was moving here just a big mistake?
This is a fast-paced, short but sweet book about a young girl, who though she has faced a lot of challenges, will not let that stop her from making her mark on the world. The author, Andrea Witt, puts an interesting and creative turn on this story. The emotions in the story quickly change, and sometimes the story seems to go all over the place, which can really show what life is like for a nine-year-old girl. Overall, this is a great book for kids that shows the challenges of a little girl with a big heart.