Synopses & Reviews
Twelve year old Mischa “Ish” Love is determined to be part of the first settlement on Mars—whenever that should come to be—and has done extensive research to prepare. She used to do this sort of research with her best friend Tig Diaz but when he moved away and didn’t stay in touch he became “DTM” (“dead to me”). Ish doesn’t connect to the other kids at school and home is stressful too thanks to her difficult older sister Elliot. Ish’s worries are suddenly overshadowed when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. The book slowly shifts into a meditation on relationships and life and Ish’s dreams of Mars become nearly as real as her waking life. Ish’s reflections on Mars the ways humans have failed Earth and what it means to be alive pack a punch though a plot thread about Elliot’s anger about learning she and Ish were adopted seems mostly there for dramatic effect. Overall though Rivers (The Girl in the Well Is Me) spins an affecting hard hitting story. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran Andrea Brown Literary. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A rich and moving story about how one girl s celestial-sized dreams for a future on Mars go heartbreakingly awry when an unexpected diagnosis threatens her future.
Things Mischa Ish Love will miss when she goes to Mars: lying on the living room floor watching TV, ice cream, her parrot Buzz Aldrin. Things Ish Love will not miss when she goes to Mars: mosquitoes, heat waves, missing her former best friend Tig.
Ish is convinced that she ll be one of the first settlers on Mars. She s applied to and been rejected from the Mars Now project forty-seven times, but the mission won t leave for ten years and Ish hasn t given up hope. She also hasn t given up hope that Tig will be her best friend again (not that she d ever admit that to anyone, least of all herself). When Ish collapses on the first day of seventh grade, she gets a diagnosis that threatens all her future plans. As Ish fights cancer, she dreams in vivid detail about the Martian adventures she s always known she d have and makes unexpected discoveries about love, fate, and her place in the vast universe.
In this story perfect for fans of Fish in a Tree and The Thing About Jellyfish, Karen Rivers has once again created an unforgettable narrator who will pull readers into her orbit and keep them riveted until the very last page.
Praise for The Girl in the Well Is Me
Darkly humorous . . . Honest and forthcoming . . . It s in the quiet moments when Kammie is alone with her thoughts--which become surreal hallucinations that the book comes alive. The New York Times
A brilliantly revealed, sometimes even funny, exploration of courage, the will to live, and the importance of being true to oneself. The catastrophe draws readers in, and the universality of spunky Kammie's life-affirming journey will engage a wide audience. Moving, suspenseful, and impossible to put down. Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Funny, surreal, occasionally heartbreaking . . . A compulsively readable story. School Library Journal
I dare you to pick up this riveting novel without reading straight through to its heart-stopping conclusion. Karen Rivers has penned a dazzling voice, at once hilarious, heartbreaking, and searingly honest.The Girl in the Well Is Meis a triumph. Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal winning author of The One and Only Ivan
A gripping story that doesn t shy away from dark places but explores them with heart, humor, and light. Kate Messner, author of All the Answers
My name is Mischa "Ish" Love, and I am twelve years old. I know quite a lot about Mars.
Mars is where I belong. Do you know how sometimes you just know a thing? My mom says that falling in love is like that, that the first time she saw Dad, she just knew. That's how I feel about Mars: I just know.
I'm smart and interesting and focused, and I'm working on getting along better with people. I'll learn some jokes. A sense of humor is going to be important. It always is. That's what my dad always says. Maybe jokes will be the things that will help us all to survive. Not just me, because there's no "me" in "team," right? This is about all of us. Together.
What makes me a survivor? Mars is going to make me a survivor.
In Karen Rivers's riveting new novel, Ish's dreams for a future on Mars go heartbreakingly awry when an unexpected diagnosis threatens to rewrite her whole future.