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.
A harrowing yet empowering tale reminding us that the past is connected to the present, that every place and every person has a story, and that those stories deserve to be told. -- Renée Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Piecing Me Together
Author: India Hill Brown
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.30h x 5.50w x 1.10d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 4.7
Point Value: 6
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 503774 / Forgotten Girl
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2019
Publishers Weekly 09/23/2019
Booklist 10/15/2019 pg. 56
School Library Journal 11/01/2019 pg. 55
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2019
About the Author
India Hill Brown is a southern belle who recently moved back down south to North Carolina after living in NYC and working at HBO. She is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel The Forgotten Girl and she's also written for Teen Vogue, Essence, Sesi Mag, and The Everygirl.Visit her at booksandbighair.com or on Twitter at @booksandbighair.