The Girl Across the Water

The Girl Across the Water Paul VanDerMere is looking forward to a summer of canoeing swimming and hanging out with his dad at their lakeside cabin in the woods At first the only thing getting in the way of his enjoyment is

  • Title: The Girl Across the Water
  • Author: Jody Kihara
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Paul VanDerMere is looking forward to a summer of canoeing, swimming, and hanging out with his dad at their lakeside cabin in the woods At first, the only thing getting in the way of his enjoyment is his stepbrother Jasper But when Paul and Jasper are canoeing back from a small, uninhabited island on the lake, Paul glances back and sees a young girl staring back at him.Paul VanDerMere is looking forward to a summer of canoeing, swimming, and hanging out with his dad at their lakeside cabin in the woods At first, the only thing getting in the way of his enjoyment is his stepbrother Jasper But when Paul and Jasper are canoeing back from a small, uninhabited island on the lake, Paul glances back and sees a young girl staring back at him He s not even sure if he saw her was she real, or an apparition He s soon drawn in to the unsettling mystery of a strange girl who randomly appears and disappears from the island When he hears a local ghost story about a young girl just like her, he begins to wonder if he s dealing with a real person or something entirely different.EXCERPTAs I pushed away from the island, I turned around to take one last look, and almost dropped the paddle.Sticking out from the thick foliage was a girl s head and shoulders She looked about eight or nine years old, with shoulder length, brown hair pulled into braids at the sides of her head Her eyes were dark and fierce, and they glared at me as she held her finger up to her lips The message was clear Don t tell And then she disappeared My whole body jerked I blinked a few times, letting the canoe drift around Hey, Paul Jasper asked Uh, I think we re drifting My heart beating in staccato, I gave myself a shake and began to paddle again Had I really just seen that I looked back one time There was nothing there But then, after a second or two, the face poked out once , eyes still intense and glaring This time, she pointed you.Me, what She disappeared again Dumbly, I turned and paddled away, like I d been ordered to leave and was obeying like a zombie Well, a zombie with its heart going like a jackhammer As I slid the paddle through the slippery water, the reason I gave myself for not going back to investigate was that then I d have to explain it to Jasper, whereas the girl s message had been clear don t tell But really, I think the reason I paddled away so quickly was that I was completely spooked The girl was creepy looking, almost surreal What had I just seen

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    1. I was a little disappointed in this book. It sounded pretty interesting, a mysterious, ghostly girl and whatnot, but it really didn't turn out like that at all. Most of the book was Paul playing Nancy Drew (well The Hardy Boys I guess.), trying to figure out what the mysterious girl on the island across from them was doing there, trying to talk to her, and flirting with cute checkout girls in the meantime. That was fairly interesting to me, I do like my mystery, but it doesn't seem like alot of [...]

    2. This is a self-published e-book that I won in a giveaway, and I'm certainly glad that I did. This is a great book which was difficult to put down. I really enjoyed reading it.The reason I'm only giving it 3 stars is that I found the plot to be very typical YA fiction. Not very original, I'm afraid. Also, there were many editing problems, though I suppose that's to be expected with a self-published book. Lastly, the two images used for this book seemed not to fit the story in many ways, and almos [...]

    3. A great, suspenseful read. Although I normally love really dark YA, I liked that this mystery/thriller was exciting without being dark and gloomy. The main character Paul is really likeable -- he's trying to get along with his stepbrother who's kind of a pain -- and solve a mystery at the same time. There are some great creepy bits, and a surprise plot twist that I totally didn't see coming (but should have - there are little clues there!)Some really funny parts too, where I laughed out loud.Thi [...]

    4. Another excellent Jodi Kihara novel! Spine-tingling and hard to put down, with a very exciting climax! The main character Paul is totally believable and lovable: while solving a mystery of The Girl who keeps appearing on the island (could she be a ghost??), he struggles to come to terms with sharing his dad with his new step-brother. It's a great novel for children, and it's just a shame that it had to end.

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