When we saw Rebecca Ansari was writing another middle grade book we knew we needed to get our hands on it! Her first book, The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly, was a page turner and The In-Between is no different.
What a griping, mystery/fantasy read! It’s a story with so many elements. There are realistic feelings and experiences woven together into a mysterious, fantasy plot. There were a few times while reading I felt my mouth drop open at the twists and turns. Rebecca does an amazing job writing the characters and as a reader you feel deeply for them. I felt hopeful, scared, happy, lonely, sad and so many other feelings that leapt off the page through her descriptions.
I won’t give any spoilers but the ending was my favorite part. The last few chapters are exactly what so many young readers need to read. They will identify with the intense feelings of needing to be seen and understood. And the notion that much of life can be out of our control, but there is hope and love on the other side of all the hurt and pain that we experience throughout life. What an amazing, well-written book for readers.
Thank you Walden Pond Press for sending us a copy to review. All opinions are our own.