Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel

“Tabby Freeman and Lora Froggett go to the same school – but they live in totally opposite worlds. Tabby is rich, pretty and the most popular girl in her class. But behind closed doors, her ‘perfect’ life is rapidly coming apart at the seams.

On the other side, Lora is smart, timid and the constant target of bullies. While struggling to survive the ‘piranha-infested’ halls of her school, she becomes increasingly nervous that somebody might discover the unbearable truth about what’s been happening to her family.

You see, despite their differences, Tabby and Lora have something in common – they’re both harbouring dark secrets and a lot of pain. Although they’ve never been friends, a series of strange events causes their lives to come crashing together in ways neither could have ever imagined.

What will happen when the dust finally settles and all their secrets are forced out into the light?”

A fantastic book!  The way the stories of these two young girls ebb and flow and finally intertwine is ingenious!  A must read!  I was drawn in immediately by the two person perspective of this story and became an active participant in the story, yes that means tears and all….  I really enjoyed this story and am now curious about Deborah Kerbel’s Mackenzie, Lost and Found.


Ages: 12 and up

Kerbel, Deborah.  (2009).  Girl on the Other Side. Toronto, ON:  Dundurn Press

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