~Written by Audrey Kane
~Illustrated by Tory and Norman Taber
CAUTION! Violet lives within the pages of this book. And her purple spreads to everything she touches …
Violet lives behind garden walls. Is she magical? Is she the devil’s child—or simply cursed? When the lonely thirteen-year-old embarks on a dangerous journey to find the one boy that dared to befriend her, she travels at night … in the dark … to keep people from seeing her purple skin. But no one is more surprised than Violet when she unlocks her mysterious gift.
Go where adventure, discovery and magic meet! Although this fun read captures the imagination of middle grade readers, discrimination is at the core of the novel … but so are possibilities, and they appear everywhere.
The Purple Girl is the magical story of a little girl named Violet whose triumphant journey to be herself is brought to life on the pages within.
One night a very special girl was born. Her parents named her Violet, to match the color of her skin. To the world Violet's uniqueness was viewed as a curse and in order to keep her safe her parents raised her behind the garden walls of their home. Violet longs to be "normal" in order to be accepted by others, often overlooking the gifts she has to offer. But, when a young boy climbs the garden wall and befriends her, her life takes a remarkable turn.
The Purple Girl shares a child's need to fit in, but teaches the importance of not compromising who you truly are. The story reminded me of the quote by Dr. Seuss "Why fit in when you were born to stand out." Violet struggles with the desire to be accepted and it isn't until she meets a boy who sees who she is on the inside that she realizes her life has a purpose.
I cannot give this book enough praise. It is very well written and captures your attention from the start. I felt myself being pulled into Violet's struggle for acceptance. Even though I know people should always be allowed to be themselves, I was able to identify with her need to fit in and felt conflicted. But, I am happy to say that in the end, which is a surprise in itself, Violet makes the right choice.
My 10 year old daughter absolutely loved this story. I told her she could read it after my review, but she promised if I let her read it first she would read it quickly. She was so captivated with The Purple Girl that she read it within a few hours. She said she it was one of the best books she has ever read and gives it five stars!
I second her decision and highly recommend picking up a copy of The Purple Girl. Available on Amazon.