Seriously, Rylee thinks when she gets home from school – not a moment to herself – before she has to start dealing with her little brother, Hayden. Why can’t her mom deal with him and give her five minutes before her needy little brother starts to complain and want something?
When her brother starts to cry, Rylee is about to lose it. After all, can’t he wait two seconds for a sandwich? Until she heads into the kitchen and sees that Hayden is lying over the body of their father. With blood seeping from his chest and onto the floor, from a knife that is still sticking in his heart. Clearly, Hayden had a reason to be crying this time.
As she looks in horror at the body, she sees her dad’s hand has written in blood the one word that can make her own blood freeze. Run. Rylee goes into hyper drive realizing that her mother isn’t just out somewhere, but she’s been taken. The scenario that had always been a possibility has come true. And now Rylee must leave everything behind and grab her brother and disappear. But to where? Who is safe and who can she trust?
Girl on the Run by Greg Olsen is a fast paced, harrowing tale of a young girl fleeing for her life, and then realizing she will have to stop running and go on the attack if she is ever to find her mother and keep her brother safe.
Recommended for mature 8th graders and up.