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The Purple Girl Paperback – January 11, 2014
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My nine year old and I enjoyed The Purple Girl together as a bedtime read. The writing flows nicely and is often poetic, and more than once I reread a phrase before moving on, simply because of its beauty. The main characters of the boy and the girl are well-drawn, others less so, but then this is not a very long book. Violet's "contagious" purple stain, the magical book, fireflies, and Violet's voice make for some lovely imagery and attest to the author's creativity. It is a gentle story, with no truly scary or suspenseful parts, so would be appropriate for a wide age range.
Despite all these positives (and there were many), the storyline tended to wander, especially when Violet herself began to wander. Characters and magical objects were introduced without, it seemed, being all that critical to the ending. I've no idea if this is the case, but it felt like a lovely story that had been written without an outline, or one that was originally intended to be much longer but the author decided to wrap it up quickly for some reason, leaving several threads loose.
Still, it was a sweet read with some lovely symbolism and imagery that I will remember for quite some time. I must add too that the illustrations (there were only a handful) were absolutely stunningly beautiful.
The Purple Girl is a fantastic book for middle school readers and adults alike. Audrey Kane uses Violet's curse to take a peek at how, so called, normal people behave toward those who are not like them. This book is a page turner and well worth a rainy afternoon read.
Reviewed by Jackie Anton ....author of the award winning Backyard Horse Tales series.
A good length, but not too long, definitely perfect for kids.
I would definitely read more from this author.