“Jess did as she was told. She moved like she was made of some unbendable material as she crossed to the other side of the kitchen. She stared at Cooper with pleading eyes as she came back to his side. But Cooper had nothing to offer her. The only solace he could find for himself was the knwledge that Jess was as lost as he was. At least he wasn’t in this terrifying free fall alone.”
The In Between, by Rebecca K. S. Ansari is a mesmerizing mystery. I read the entire book in one sitting, compelled to turn the page and keep reading. Cooper and Jess’s parents got divorced 3 years ago and Cooper is still angry. He distances himself from his sister, his best friend, his mom. He finally allows himself to connect again when he and Jess discover the In-Between. This story addresses themes of grief, loss, family, divorce, friendship, loyalty, poverty, selflessness, teamwork, and coming of age. It’s the kind of book you savor long after you finish the last page.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A dark, twisty adventure about the forgotten among us and what it means to be seen, from the acclaimed author of The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly.
Cooper is lost. Ever since his father left their family three years ago, he has become distant from his friends, constantly annoyed by his little sister, Jess, and completely fed up with the pale, creepy rich girl who moved in next door and won’t stop staring at him. So when Cooper learns of an unsolved mystery his sister has discovered online, he welcomes the distraction.
It’s the tale of a deadly train crash that occurred a hundred years ago, in which one young boy among the dead was never identified. The only distinguishing mark on him was a strange insignia on his suit coat, a symbol no one had seen before or since. Jess is fascinated by the mystery of the unknown child— because she’s seen the insignia. It’s the symbol of the jacket of the girl next door.
As they uncover more information— and mounting evidence of the girl’s seemingly impossible connection to the tragedy—Cooper and Jess begin to wonder if a similar disaster could be heading to their hometown.
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Rebecca lives in a very loud house in Minneapolis with her husband, four boys, and her seriously massive pets. After twelve years as an ER doctor, she shed her scrubs to write magical and mysterious worlds for middle-grade readers. She is drawn to any story that evokes, “Please, Mom! Just one more chapter!” and she strives to craft the same. Rebecca was the winner of the Minnesota SCBWI Mentorship for 2015. When she isn’t writing, you can find her biking, cooking or escaping “up north” with family, friends, and a stack of good books.
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