Are you different? Well, everyone is different, but are you different on a physical level? A mental level? What if you were different in a way that you couldn't hide? What if you were purple? Yeah, I'm talking Barney the Dinosaur kind of purple. Do you know how hard that would be? Everyone would shun and hate you, but Violet from The Purple Girl by Audrey Kane never gave up life.
Format: Paperback/ e-book
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.
My rating: 4 out of 5 violets!
My recommendation: Anyone who wants to read a book about a girl who never gives up.
My copy was provided by Netgalley.
Violet is different than anyone else in the whole world. She was born a completely different color. When her mother's midwife saw her, she screamed. Violet was born purple and stayed purple her whole life. Everything she touches turns purple. The color disappears after a while, but who would stay near her if they think her color is contagious?
She's feared from the other villagers and is blamed for every problem they experience. She has never gone beyond the stone wall her father built around her house alone. She only ever goes with her mother and those times are rare. She is all alone except for her dog that follows her everywhere.
Yet when a boy sneaks over the wall and talks to her, Violet gains her first friend. The two talk and soon become best friends. Frankie doesn't care what Violet looks like; he likes her for who she is. But when he has to leave with his family to find work and money, Violet is all alone with just her dog. So she goes on an adventure to find her best friend and learn who she really is.
I like how that even though Violet was feared because of her color, she loved herself for who she is. She didn't think the purple defined her; it's just a part of who she is. Even when she got the opportunity to lose the purple in exchange for her voice box, Violet would rather keep the purple and be shunned forever.
I predicted what would happen in the book, but there were some twists I definitely didn't expect. The illustrations were pretty and were well illustrated. I liked how they didn't appear to be random and went with the story quite nicely, though there were only a few on them.
The book wasn't too short and it wasn't too long. I enjoyed it and I loved Violet's self-resilience. She never gave up and admitted she wanted to be normal. She embraced her differences and was a great role model for kids.
It was a great read and kept me entertained the whole time.