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The Forgotten Girl

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  37 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 Iri
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.
Alexis Casson
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown Is an intriguing story about a young girl, Iris and her best friend Daniel. Daniel’s grandmother has many superstitions and she forbids the children to go outside alone in the snowy night because she fears the spirits of the snow will feed off of therm.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed reading this book but I was hoping for more of a thriller. I thought maybe since it was a thriller it would be a little more creepy but it wasn’t. It did have some interesting pa
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 Kenneth -
[I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.]

I really liked this ghost story. Not only do you get a little scary story, but you also learn about abandoned and segregated graveyards. For those who want your children to learn about segregation, then I recommend this story. It starts with a graveyard, but then you learn about the first kids that were part of the desegregation of schools. It's a little bit of a history lesson mixed in with a scary ghost story. A great way to
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 inklin
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is “The Forgotten Girl” by India Hill Brown. The Forgotten Girl is about an average girl named Iris who sleeps alone with a night light that flickers on and off. As she hears knocking at her window, she sees another girl who is a ghost forgotten by her loved ones. Meanwhile Iris’s best friend Daniel isn’t believing her and is trying to give Iris advice on what to believe and what to ignore. Will Iris follow Daniel’s words or will she follow the forgotten ones steps?

This book is
Merrilyn Tucker
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
When Iris and her best friend Daniel find a grave in the woods across from their houses, they could never have predicted the future ahead of them: the ghost from the grave haunts Iris and her little sister. Iris and Daniel choose to do their social studies project on abandoned graveyards in their town because they want to delve into the history of segregation in their town. This leads them to find out that their own middle school had been segregated in the 1950s, and Avery the ghost had been one ...more
When Iris and her best friend Daniel sneak out of their respective houses to play in the snow in North Carolina, they discover the gravestone of Avery Moore. The two youngsters decide to investigate graves in their town, and realize that cemeteries in Easaw where once segregated, and the graves of the African-American residents were often forgotten and fell into disrepair. Iris is determined to mount a school project to restore the grave sites and bring honor to Avery, who died under unusual cir ...more
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 e
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
Laura Gardner
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to @scholasticinc and @booksandbighair for the free book to share with #kidlitexchange

Not out until November 5, but pre-order now for grades 3+! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

The Forgotten Girl manages to be spooky and historically and culturally relevant all at once. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting.

Iris and her best friend Daniel discover a forgotten grave site of a Black girl in rural North Carolina only to be visited by her ghost. Haunting and mysterious! ...more
Maryann Kasouha
The story, the Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown is a great book, if you are into surprising books, it has a great level of suspense. A girl named Iris and her best friend Daniel uncover a grave, Avery Moore s grave. Avery haunts Iris wanting to be remembered for desegregating Iris and Daniel s School. Little did they know that Daniel s grandmother is the ghostś best friend. At the end, Avery forgives everyone for the crazy things that she has done. I recommend this book to everyone, especiall ...more
I don't usually read 'scary' books, but I won a free autographed copy of this book from Scholastic & had to give it a try! I also usually like to read in bed at night before going to sleep! LOL That definitely did not happen with this book! It seriously have me goosebumps & I had to read it in the daylight hours! But I did love it & my book club kids are screaming for me to read it to them. Thanks, India Hill Brown for this fantastic ghost story! & For creating a story about fami ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a wonderful idea for a story. A bit of history, a bit of middle school politics, a bit scary. I would have loved to love this book but it didn’t really do it for me. I felt the writing was uneven, the characters were a bit flat and the most interesting part for me - the history of segregation - was the potato in the stew, whereas I would have at least made it the carrots. Overall, I think it’s a book with great potential and I will keep an eye out for more of Brown’s work. With ideas lik ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In all honesty l, I picked up The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown because my friend had just picked it up for me at ALA in DC and because it looked like a quick read. I rarely read middle- grade books but I'm so glad I read this one. Once I started, I just wanted to finish because in enjoyed it so much. It touches on the times when the country was still segregated and starting to desegregate as well as segregated cemeteries. It also had a ghostly storyline to it as well.
Lisa Jeffcoat
I loved this book! I ghost story that keeps the pages turning, coupled with an interesting historical fiction piece! This was very interesting and made we want to research!
Iris, Daniel, and Suga are all strong characters that are easily relatable. This story is filled with love, forgiveness, and hope while being a suspenseful ghost story! A must read!
Debra Branigan
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Looking for a spooky read? Then, pick this one up. Iris, a middle schooler, and her friend Daniel stumble upon an old grave marker in the woods behind their house. Then odd and frightening things begin to happen. This is quite a chilling read in parts with homespun superstitions to add to the atmosphere. While Iris is dealing with the supernatural, the book also addresses what is going on in her current life like subtle racism, and explores the segregated past and its effects on African-American ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great read from an #ownvoices author. It had just the right amount of scary for an elementary audience and told about a fascinating part of American history - segregated graveyards that have been forgotten.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rarely read scary stories but I was intrigued by the title. The mix of family, friends, abandonment and loss of loved ones is skillfully done. The friendship between the families is lovingly detailed. I didn't really think of being forgotten but of being overlooked.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abandoned graveyards, forgotten ghosts, windows that open by themselves. I can't wait to recommend this spooky book at my Scholastic book fair! I got it early as part of a promo pack and read it in one day. My 3-5th graders who love to be spooked are going to enjoy this book!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super spooky! If you like a good ghost story, you'll love this frightful book. I also enjoyed the setting, a forgotten and abandoned African-American cemetery and the historical aspects that are introduced.
Cindy Christiansen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many kudos for this book! Forgotten segregated graveyards & a classic creepy ghost story plus a warning about doing things just for recognition—will definitely be purchasing for my classroom in November!
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great children's novel.
Mostly about the segregation of graves in the south, but the ghost comes out big towards the end.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good!
Tamarah Hill
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to read the Forgotten girl cut his own good book
Nov 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
i like the book awesome
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
I really liked the story and the heart of it, the historical aspects related to segregation, were unexpected; I had no idea this would be so much more than a ghost story. Full review to come.
Whitney Terrell
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a paperback copy at my job's book fair. I'm glad I got this copy because it is a scary and educational book that I highly recommend. When this book comes out, please get it.
Angela Doyle
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The ghost part was quite scary for young readers but I really enjoyed the information about segregated cemeteries - it was a good read
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