Little Slave Girl by Judy and Keith
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (29 pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Nicole and James have a summer reading project. It sounds boring, but they both really relate with the main characters, and take it in turn being the little slave girl. Then Nicole goes missing. Are there clues in the story for James to find?
You never know what you might find in a new book.
James was such a smart girl. Getting to know her was a lot of fun because of how easily she caught onto small hints. I liked seeing how quickly she worked to figure out what had happened to her friend. She caught onto every clue right away and didn’t give up until she’d figured out how she thought all of them should fit together. While I don’t know if the authors are planning to write a sequel, I would be curious to see what this character does next.
There was a plot hole that stumped me. I didn’t entirely understand what the connection was between Nicole’s disappearance and the story the girls had started reading before she disappeared. The explanation that James gave for it wasn’t very strong or detailed. It would have been really helpful if she had spent more time showing how these things were connected. The last few scenes didn’t feel complete because of how many unanswered questions there were in them about this topic.
The dialogue sounded very genuine. Every character had his or her own unique voice that I was soon able to pick up on before the narrator told me who was speaking now. It was especially interesting to compare how James and Nicole spoke with how the adults in their lives spoke. There were exactly the kinds of differences between them that I’d expect to see when comparing girls this age to grownups.
I’d recommend Little Slave Girl to anyone who is in the mood for something unique.