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The Forgotten Girl

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,575 ratings  ·  304 reviews
"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 beg
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Published November 5th 2019 by Scholastic
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Super creepy, but also full of heart. This is a middle grade book that educates just as much as it scares, full of superstition, the ingrained racism that still exists in the world of today, and the past full of forgotten people of color who deserve to be remembered.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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REP (note: I'm white)
- protagonist, best friend, and ghost are black
- the focus of the story is about segregation and its long-term impact
- covert racism is shown through how the protagonist's teachers and classmates regard her
- grief and trauma experiences

READER HEALTH (note: I'm a therapist and I'm white)
- The important topic of segregation is handled with nuance, imo.
- Grief is shown through the best friend and through his grandmother; th
Katerina  Kondrenko
4 out of 10

Not my cup of tea. Too serious for a horror fast-paced read, too paranormal for a serious middle-grade book about racial problems and segregation. Plus I'm tired of cliches when one character loses their parent and changes or when two best friends are girl and boy. Since when authors stopped to write about girlish friendship? Girls in modern books are always enemies. No me gusta. Sisters relationship though I did like. Relatable. Also many thanks for touching such a series topis a
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.0 Stars
This was an atmospheric middle grade ghost story with some wonderful #ownvoices representation. The writing was quite strong and, at times, felt quite poetic. The wintery setting along with "spirits of the snow" certainly added to the chill of the story, although I did not find this one particularly scary. Instead, the strength of this story really came from it's diversity, which is so often lacking from the horror genre. It was interesting to see how the main character's home and schoo
Jenny Hawley
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every year when my daughter’s school has the Scholastic Book Fair, I always buy a ghost story. I rarely read any children’s/young adult books other than those with my daughter, but for some reason, I’ve always loved these kid’s ghost stories. I thought this one was probably the best I’ve read. It was spooky and even a little menacing without going overboard, but it didn’t pull any punches just because it’s for kids. And I thought the story made good sense (unlike some others I’ve read that reall ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the right level of eerie for a middle grade horror book and an author I'm going to be looking out for in the future. ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

A creepy ghost story plus family, friendship, and untold history makes for a fantastic middle grade read in The Forgotten Girl! On the night of the first snow, Iris and her best friend Daniel sneak out to make snow angels and happen upon a forgotten graveyard. After which, Iris begins to see the ghost of a young girl and they start digging into the history of their small Southern town and the identity of the girl. What they uncover is the untold history of abandoned Black
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, middle-grade
A spooky middle grade ghost story that reinforces the importance of not forgetting the past. When Iris and Daniel discover a forgotten graveyard behind their houses they learn about their town’s history with segregation.

I appreciated how there were some parts of this story that were genuinely chilling. However, some of the story beats are pretty predictable for a ghost story. Overall I did really enjoy the story and how it blended middle grade level horror with significant topics.
ONYX Pages
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet, spooky, informative and validating. Well done India!
Kate (GirlReading)
Creepy and atmospheric, this book superbly balanced middle grade horror with in-depth and educational discussions of segregation, racism, history, grief, family and friendship. Young or old, no matter your age, this book is an asset to any bookshelf.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in reading about racial discrimination, but wants a little more excitement.
I really loved this book. India Hill Brown combines horror with historical fiction, discussing racial segregation and discrimination, both past and present. Told in alternating POVs (the main character and her best friend), it really kept me engaged. It's a great twist on the usual stories about discrimination in the past. The plot was fast-paced enough to keep me riveted, but not so fast that I couldn't follow what was going on. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was delighted by this creepy middle grade novel, and thankful to learn about the history of segregated graveyards in America.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a very spooky & sad book. I love it.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
@Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Released 11/5/19

On a cold winter night, Iris sneaks out with her best friend Daniel to enjoy the very first snow of the season. In doing so she unknowingly brings home the ghost of a girl like her, a girl forgotten by most whenever she matters the most.

This was a delightful page turner and emotional read. Friendships are something I
Ms. Yingling
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Iris and her best friend and neighbor, Daniel, live in a North Carolina neighborhood that abuts a woods. One night, they sneak out to play in the snow, something that Daniel's grandmother, Suga, doesn't like. They make snow angels, and venture further into the woods where they find an abandoned grace for Avery Moore, who died back in the 1950s at about their age. Iris starts to have a creepy feeling that Avery is haunting her, and there are inklings that she has perhaps
This is delightfully chilling while also offering a story about segregation when it came to death prior to the Civil Rights movement. Iris is a great narrator and her relationships with her parents, as well as her best friend and his grandmother, are so real and so 11-year-old. I loved the longing she had to just do her best and be her best at school while also wanting to out perform the mean girl in her class. The ghost story is clever.
Michelle Glatt
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A good, spooky MG book, but with added dimension of learning about the past practice of segregated graveyards in a natural and seamless way as the story progressed. Iris is a memorable character who seems so much like a real person, too.
Laura I.
This was a lovely, genuinely suspenseful and spooky, middle-grade ghost story. It focuses on an area of history I’d never really thought about — segregated cemeteries, many of which were lost as their caretakers migrated and cities developed and in some cases even paved over them.

The specificity and heart that the author brings to this subject really shines through (and definitely read the author’s note to get more insight on the personal side to the story). I also loved the focus on friendship
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this story; while middle grade horror can be cheesy to me, this one went deeper and is worth the read. Sixth grader Iris, who loves the snow, often feels overlooked. As one of the only Black kids at her middle school, she thinks nobody pays attention to her achievements or awesome step team; at home, she feels like her little sister often gets more attention. When she and her best friend Daniel sneak out to play in the first snow of the season, she unlocks a spirit with her snow a ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
The Forgotten Girl is a truly spooky middle grade read that focuses on segregation and how that period of our history led to many people of that generation being essentially forgotten. It centers around Iris and her best friend Daniel, who stumble across an abandoned graveyard when they sneak out one night to play in the snow. After that encounter, Iris finds herself haunted by the ghost of a young girl. At first Iris believes she might just be dreaming the encounters, but it becomes apparent th ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful tale with nuance

This book is incredible. On the surface it is a ghost story (I got a little creeped out and I'm well past the target audience age). But this story is so much more. The historical context and the nuances of this story is what makes it so rich.

This book subtly and expertly tackles multiple levels of racism without beating you over the head with it. There is so much nuance in this book that could spark important conversations for young readers. I wish I had had a book lik
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this!
Andrea Nourse
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down and devoured it in a day. Not only was it beautifully written with compelling and real characters that I fell in love with, The Forgotten Girl also taught me about segregation and forgotten cemeteries.

The Forgotten Girl is the exact book I wished I’d had growing up, and I can’t wait to tuck it away for my kids to read in a few years.
Rachel Maxwell
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a unique story in which segregation is discussed with an element of spookiness.
Kaytee Cobb
This was spooky ghosty historical fun, in that it contained info about segregation and integration, while also creeping out this grown woman.
This was really scary and really good. I listened to the audiobook in one sitting, and it was a really eerie experience.

It was also amazing to see this girl uncovering "forgotten" parts of history and standing up for herself and these forgotten people. Plus, I really loved the relationships in this book, especially the one between Iris and her little sister, that had a lot of development and was so heartwarming.
Not only was this book creepy, but it was filled with history and heart. The author did an amazing job of weaving together a ghost story, a haunting, and dealing with prejudice and black history. Such a great read. Review coming soon on my blog.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing debut by the author. There were parts when I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next. There were more times where I reacted out loud to what the characters were doing, much to the amusement of my husband. I wasn't sure how it was all going to come together once we got to the first climax. I will admit I was worried that it would end up being a rush job to tie everything together but personally I found it came together quite nicely.

Laura Beam
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to start this book as I am a big scaredy-cat. However, this book was more than a ghost story or a frightening tale. This book discusses really important issues and histories that are often forgotten about within our country. When the two young protagonists of the story find an abandoned grave it leads them to want to find out more. Why is there a grave? Why didn't they know that there was a cemetery in their back yard? This book isn't just about a ghost, it uses the ghost of a you ...more
Danielle: Braillerose
This was a really cute, wintry, and slightly creepy book aimed at early teenagers or middlegraders. This is not the type of book I'd normally pick up, but I wanted something light, quick, spooky and christmassy, and I also found out ar a lot of adult and young adult readers still pick up middle grade righteads from time to time. This book had the perfect amount of crecpiness, family fun, christmassy magic and also historical and cultural information. This is great for the slightly more adventuro ...more
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