Kid Konnection: Between the Lines
Delilah is a social outcast at her high school. She can’t afford the latest fashion and always has her nose stuck in a book. To make matter worse, she accidentally broke the knee of the most popular girl in school.
Delilah discovers an old hand-illustrated fairy tale in her school library and she becomes obsessed with the book and its hero, Oliver. She can’t let anyone know what this book for elementary school kids means to her, but she reads it so much her mother is beginning to get concerned. One day, Delilah notices that an illustration in the book is slightly different than usual and is shocked to discover she can actually speak to Oliver.
While Delilah can’t get Oliver off of her mind, all he can think about is getting out of the pages of the book. The two of them try to figure out a way to be together.
Jodi Picoult and her daughter, Samantha Van Leer, wrote every sentence of Between the Lines together. At times it was a painstaking process, but it was worth it, because I found the book to be utterly charming. I admit to having my doubts the first few pages, but it didn’t take long for this book to win me over.
Delilah is a fantastic character and many young readers will be able to relate to her social awkwardness. Delilah misses her father and tries to do her best to help her mother. She uses books as an escape from the reality of her life.
The story alternates between Delilah’s and Oliver’s points of view. Readers discover that the characters in the book are just playing a role and their reality is quite different. I rarely read fantasy, but found it rather fun to peek into the imaginary world of the characters. Most of the characters are satisfied with their lot in life but Oliver is not. He and Delilah come up with several schemes to try to get him out of the story so they can be together but it seems that none of them will work.
I read a galley of Between the Lines and the artwork was not final, but the sketches that were included are fabulous, so I suspect the finished copy is gorgeous. This is a great book for young YA readers on up – it’s light on the romance and there’s no language or sexual situations. You’ll want to check this one out – it’s creative and fun and visually appealing.
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