Unwritten by Tara Gilboy

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Twelve-year-old Gracie Freeman is living a normal life, but she is haunted by the fact that she is actually a character from a story, an unpublished fairy tale she’s never read. When she was a baby, her parents learned that she was supposed to die in the story, and with the help of a magic book, took her out of the story, and into the outside world, where she could be safe. But Gracie longs to know what the story says about her. Despite her mother’s warnings, Gracie seeks out the story’s author, setting in motion a chain of events that draw herself, her mother, and other former storybook characters back into the forgotten tale. Inside the story, Gracie struggles to navigate the blurred boundary between who she really is and the surprising things the author wrote about her. As the story moves toward its deadly climax, Gracie realizes she’ll have to face a dark truth and figure out her own fairy-tale ending.

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Hott Review:

If you’re looking for a fun and interesting middle grade novel, you’ll want to grab Unwritten.

Unwritten is a fascinating middle grade fantasy your young adults are sure to love. I found it to be a compelling and fun read and didn’t want to put it down. My favorite aspect is the constant struggle each character had with the good and evil inside themselves.

I have to admit it took me a while to get into Unwritten, I couldn’t seem to get my bearing at the beginning but I loved it once I did. The only warning I’ll offer is that there as some scenes that are a bit dark and scary. Not all will understand the struggle.


Author: Tara Gilboy
Source: Unwritten was loaned to me by Jolly Fish Press via NetGalley
Publisher & Date: October 16th 2018 by Jolly Fish Press
Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Suspense
ISBN: 9781631631788
Pages: 200
Grade: B+
Ages: 10-15
Steam: YA
Setting: Fantasy

Author Bio:

Tara GilboyTara Gilboy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. She teaches creative writing for San Diego Continuing Education and lives in southern California with her husband, daughter, and dog, Biscuit.

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