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Desert Rice

(Desert #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Samantha Jean Haggert is a beautiful twelve-year-old girl—but no one knows it. All they see is an awkward boy in a baseball cap and baggy pants. Sam’s not thrilled with the idea of hiding her identity, but it’s all part of her older brother’s plan to keep Sam safe from male attention and hidden from the law. Fifteen-year-old Jacob will stop at nothing to protect his sister ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published June 2012 by Evolved Publishing
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Lane Diamond
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This story packs a real emotional punch. Samantha, the teenage protagonist, will grab onto your heart, and she won't let go.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Upper YA or Literary Fiction.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Desert Rice by Angela Scott

Ok I am not really even sure what to say about this book, I picked it up today to read and never put it down once. Angela Scott has written a fantastic novel. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this story and Angela Scott's writing.

Where to begin but I suppose at the beginning, we are introduced quickly to Sam and her brother Jacob moving their dead mother into their trailer. Once they get the body where they want Jacob informs Sam that its time to leave. Packing as m
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely LOVED This Story! I Fell In Love Instantly with the characters!
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I seriously still have chills on my arms!! Angela Scott has some of the best first chapters and mid book twists that I have ever read. This is my second book of hers to read and right from the start I was captivated by both. She packs a huge punch in just a few sentences and I can definitely say that I will be on the lookout for her next book.

This story is very different from her zombie novel WANTED. This one is about survival and the love between brothers and sisters. Samantha and Jacob do not
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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Stunning. Disturbing. Touching. Raw.

And even those words don’t do this justice. Ms. Scott has got serious writing chops. She made me love this book, even though it’s nothing like my usual choice for reading and even though it’s terribly sad and tragic for the vast majority of its pages. She creates incredibly real characters in Jacob and Sam, then puts them in a place that broke my heart.

They aren’t always the most endearing of people
Stevie Mikayne
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I began reading Desert Rice at bedtime. I thought "Ah... I'll just relax and crack open a chapter to see why everybody's talking about Desert Rice." Wow. 11:30 PM went by and I was still sitting bolt upright in bed, eyes wide.

Novelists love a "hook" - something to grab their readers right from the word go. Or in this case, "Grab'er feet!" Scott didn't just find a hook - she found a claw. I was lifted from my bed and transported to a trailer park where Samantha Jean Haggert and her brother Jacob
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Excerpt and the giveaway here http://disincentive-reviews.blogspot....

It’s one of the hardest reviews to write since I have started writing this blog. What do I say about the book that was so perfect?
Desert rice sucked me in from the very first sentence. The whole book is so tense that I didn't want to stop. I stayed up at night just to read.
Characters are really well created, but the main heroine, Sam is so perfect that I have no words to describe her. She’s going through a lot and trying to
Innocence somehow survives the dark in a story that show us love between brother and sister, and hope, there are still good people in the world.

The book is narrated by Sam, and it's the perfect perspective of a 12-13 year old, her innocence is very well portrayed ... there were situations that made me feel rage, sadness, impotence and ... I wanted to scream and warn Sam about the danger, a danger she couldn't see because of her innocence.

Her brother, Jacob ... what can I say about him? My hear
Stephanie Manning
From the very first sentence, to the very last chapter, Desert Rice was heart-wrenching to say the least. Watching the struggle of two children on the run to save each other and stay together was more than I would have imagined from the simple book cover summary.

I had received a copy of the book from a Goodreads giveaway so it wasn't something I had personally picked out to read. The cover was tempting and the summary was interesting. I cracked the book, read the very first sentence and was hook
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!

This book was a recommendation for me and I'm glad I read it. Sam (Samantha) and Jacob are brother and sister that has a horrible life of unfortunate things happen to them but in the end a bright light is a upon that makes their a whole lot better.
Eric Townsend
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a whole lot of books with a 12-year-old girl’s point of view, so I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of how the character would narrate her story. My first impression of Sam was that she was woefully, and a tad annoyingly, ignorant of a lot of things. I don’t remember much about being 12, but I don’t recall being so unaware of the world as a whole. However, as I read Desert Rice I discovered more and more that what Scott was likely doing in showing that ig ...more
Aliaa El-Nashar
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book made me cry like a baby.


As I've mentioned before a couple of times, I hate human interest stories, or tragic ones, or ones that have a very traumatizing event occur in them that the whole book is dealing with that issue. I hate being so emotionally invested in a book, and right now I am holding a tissue drying my eyes as I write this.

This book was good, and bad, and awful, and brilliant.

The book starts with Jacob and Samantha carrying their mother's dead body inside so the c
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was completely engrossed in the novel the entire time I was reading it, and I felt myself get anxious during intense plot moments, and I really sympathized with the characters. The novel follows the narration of twelve year old Samantha Haggert and the story of how she and her brother tried to make it in the adult world by themselves. The story starts with the death of Sam and Jacob's mother at which point, they clean up the mess and take the car to leave town. Right away we see how protective ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
DESERT RICE by Angela Scott


Immediately after there mother’s death, fifteen year-old Jacob takes his twelve year-old sister, Samantha (Sam) away from their past in their battered family car, fearing being separated by social services- or at least that’s all he tells her. Samantha is stuck to obeying her brother’s plan to keep her safe and that means dressing up and being Sam, the boy and doing everything he asks of her. As they hit the road, things get tough and what foll
Viga Boland
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Viga by: STORY CARTEL
Few reads are more satisfying than those where the story grabs you in the opening lines and doesn’t let you go till you’ve finished the book.

That’s how it was for me with Angela Scott’s DESERT RICE. From word “go” the reader is wondering what two children are trying to do with a dead body … their own mother’s … and why is she dead? Who wrapped her up in a bed sheet and why are these children trying to move it? And why, when they succeed, aren’t they going to the police? And what makes Jacob, 15
Chris Torretta
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
So, how do I even begin to tell you how I feel about this book? It’s intense! I mean seriously intense! Here we have two kids, the main characters Jacob and Sam and they are being put, quite literally, through hell. Their mother dies and Jacob who is only 15 has to take care of Sam. You can tell from the very start that they are very poor and I so wanted to just take them under my arm and take care of them.

You don’t get to really know them, there’s just bits and pieces, a few clues strewn about,
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review originally appears on my blog

Desert Rice is intense, chilling and emotionally captivating. With an estranged father and a recently deceased mother, Sam and Jacob are thrown head-first into a world they haven't learnt to trust yet. Struggling to make ends meet, their attempts at survival and escaping the seclusion of foster homes crafts this novel into a journey that is guaranteed to break your heart.

Angela Scott does well to keep us in the dark about these two characters. Bits and pi
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

I don't know what I expected when I started Desert Rice, but what I got wasn't even on the radar of possibilities. Angela Scott wrote a beautiful story of a brother and sister trying to outrun their past.

Sam and Jacob are on the run. Jacob knows all the details and Sam is left in the dark. One thing is clear, no one can know who they are or where they're from. How long will they be able to keep up their charade?

Sam is a twelve year old girl who know
Soma Rostam "IOB"
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Did you read the blurb? If you did, didn't you find the idea, captivating? Just imagine, a girl disguising as a boy, how hard can that be? I liked the story-line very much. This book is unique and intriguing to the very core!
Samantha Jean, is a pretty 12-year-old girl, but nobody can see that. Ever since her mother died, she and her brother, Jacob are running from town to town. If anyone finds them, they will end up separated in foster care. Samantha is growing up and getting more girly, so Jac
I am of two minds about Desert Rice. First, I found the story compelling and well written. I think the author did a great job taking you into the head of a smart 12 year old who is trying to survive some of the worst experiences a child can go through. The dialogue sounded real to me, and the characters were well developed. The kids acted and thought like kids. I really got into Sam's story and was pulling for things to come out well for her in the end.

The book was grim due to the subject matter
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I must admit it took me about a week to get past the first few pages…I tend to imagine everything I read and this time I found it too much…The scenes were well written, but the images were horrifying. After that I started to really enjoy the book. I have to say that it is a must read!!! I know I said this multiple times in the last few weeks about a great number of books, but you must believe me:) You won’t regret reading the book:)

I loved the plot. It is quite original and extremely complex. It
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sam and Jacob are on the run. After hauling their dead mother, they skipped town. What happened? Where are they going? How will they survive? Sam and Jacob are both teenagers trying to survive outside their trailer home. Without any parent, they are forced to fend for themselves but as days passed it seems like both Sam and Jacob has something to hide.

Sam is such a timid girl. Very head strong and a bit childish at first. She doesn’t want the road they are heading and it scares her to death. In
Erin Maurer
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Desert Rice was one of those gripping novels that sticks with you long after you turn the final page. Scott tells the tale of brother-sister duo, Jacob and Sam's escape from their horrific childhood in West Virginia for a new beginning in the deserts of Arizona.

Sam and Jacob not begin their journey by moving their mother's dead body in their dilapidated trailer. The two are fleeing from a childhood that rivals most of our worst nightmares. Scott skillfully weaves the kids horrifying past into a
Lisseth (Read-a-holicZ)
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that was filled with real, difficult, and tough things that just touch you in some way & evoke emotions. It was an interesting book to read and definitely different than what I'm used to reading.

I liked the story a lot. It had twists that were good and some not so good. It starts out with a scene that no kids should see and it made me wonder what the heck happened. I was a bit confused and upset but it added this secrecy & urgency that it needed. At the start S
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The book was extremely well written, I liked the books twist and turns in the story she got you thinking one thing but in reality it was something else. I thought Jacob was kind of mean but I know that it was only because he cared about Sam but still sometimes I really wanted to smack him upside the head. He did everything he could to protect her and give her all the love she deserved since they're mom never showed them what love was. Although leaving like that was a big mistake, I thought Jacob
Katie Doyle
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I finished this book, it was after two in the morning. I picked up the book earlier in the day and sat down to read thinking I’d cook supper and put the kids to bed with no problem. I fooled myself into thinking this could happen. My husband took care of supper and putting the kids to bed, though by that time I’d read far enough into the book to give them both tight hugs that lasted a long time.
Sam’s story broke my heart in a million ways. She had believable flaws and thought like a twelve
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Desert Rice by Angela Scott
A truly riveting, dark story that will stay in your thoughts!

Angela Scott doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to her characters as is evidenced in this enthralling story of a brother and sister that have metaphorically seen the walls of hell. Another “couldn’t put down” read, this story keeps the reader on their toes as plot twist after plot twist happens to these two. The build-up of suspense is incredible to the ultimate climax that is breath-taking in the courtr
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
[This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.]

This book affected me deeply. It is one of the best reads I have had this summer. Samantha and Jacob's story is a sad one. No one wants them. Their father is estranged. Their mama is dead. They only have each other. They're way underage, but determined to stay together. Jacob is extremely overprotective of Sam, but he has good reason. He just hasn't shared that with her, yet, so she hasn't yet shared it with us.

They fumble around, trying to
Heather Boustead
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, drama, adult
Desert Rice
By Angela Scott

Samantha Jean Haggert is on the run with her brother Jacob after her mother dies. They must stick together since Sam is only twelve and Jacob fifteen they will do anything they can to keep from having Child Protective Services separate them. Since Sam begins to draw too much unwanted attention from men Jacob has her cut off all her hair and hides her beauty under baggy clothes and a baseball cap. But everything begins to unravel when they finally find people whom want t
Jo-Anna Walker
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The reason I chose to read this book is because it's YA and I'm so happy that I did. When I marked this book as "read" on Goodreads, I felt that 5 stars did NOT do this book justice. This is probably one of the best books I have read this year!

I am new to reading Angela's books and this is the first of hers that I have read but I am now hooked. When I was about half way done, I actually PM-ed Angela and gushed about the book. I just had to talk to someone about it and who better to talk to then
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