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I'm not who you think I am
Kehret, Peg.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
154 pages ; 22 cm
Thirteen-year-old Ginger becomes the target of a disturbed woman who believes that she is her dead daughter.
Reading Level:
640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 4.0 29379.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.9 9 Quiz: 21538 Guided reading level: NR.
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First Ginger notices the odd woman staring at her in a restaurant. Next she sees the woman parked in front of her school and near her home. Mysterious telephone calls unnerve Ginger even more, especially after her parents leave town on business. When the woman finally corners Ginger at the bus stop, she divulges an unbelievable secret.While Ginger struggles with the woman's strange information, she is involved in a school controversy. Her favorite teacher, Mr. Wren, is in danger of losing his coaching job due to accusations by an angry parent. Ginger has evidence that would help Mr. Wren, but if she presents it, her self-employed mother and sister will lose their most important customer, along with needed income. While Ginger is en route to Mr. Wren's school-board hearing, the strange woman confronts her again'this time with a deadly threat.Suspense is interwoven with issues of loyalty and honor as Ginger desperately tries to save both her identity and her life.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. During Ginger Shaw's thirteenth birthday celebration in a restaurant, she notices a strange woman staring at her. Later she becomes convinced the woman is following her and clearly knows all about her. When the stranger finally confronts Ginger, it is to reveal that she is Ginger's real mother. What Ginger doesn't know is that the stranger is mentally unbalanced and is being sought for an attempted kidnapping. Ginger has other things on her plate, as well. She can provide evidence to save her favorite teacher's job, but if she does, she may compromise her family's business. Kehret skillfully weaves together these two story lines, providing an ending that is both exciting and suspenseful; and Ginger is a clever, quick-witted, sympathetic character to whom readers can easily relate. The fast pace and the fact that this is less complicated than most books in the genre will make it especially appealing to readers new to mystery and suspense books. --Helen Rosenberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Ginger Shaw first senses she is being watched at her 13th birthday party in a restaurant, and the suspicion seems borne out when an odd woman approaches her. During the next several days (while her parents are conveniently out of town), Ginger sees the stranger wherever she goes. Readers gain information about the stalker early on, when a shift in the narrative identifies her as Joyce Enderly, a former mental patient who believes that Ginger is her long-lost daughter. Joyce's plot to abduct Ginger begins to take shape as Ginger becomes involved in a crusade to prevent a harassed basketball coach from losing his job; the conflict distracts her, to some extent, from Joyce's presence. However, readers may find the somewhat overblown school conflict a distraction as well, as Kehret's (Searching for Candlestick Park) focus shifts awkwardly between the two plot lines. Thriller buffs may be disappointed by the thin characterizations and contrivances, but Ginger, at least, is strong and sensible, and most readers will want to stick around long enough to see how she escapes Joyce's clutches. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Two separate plot lines involve Ginger in danger and controversy. She is being stalked by a mentally ill woman who believes that the 13-year-old is her daughter. Meanwhile, Ginger's favorite teacher, Mr. Wren, is being harassed by Mrs. Vaughn, an irate and influential parent who doesn't like the way he is coaching the girls' basketball team. Ginger's parents are away on business trips, so there is no adult on the scene to turn to when she and her older sister begin to suspect that someone is watching their house. Nor can anyone advise her on what to do in the case of her teacher. Because she videotapes the school's basketball games, she has proof that Mr. Wren has done a good job of coaching. But if she makes those tapes public, her mother and sister may lose customers because Mrs. Vaughn threatens to boycott their party-planning and catering businesses. As events unfold, suspense builds. The mentally ill woman is a sinister presence, but she is not a well-developed character. Mrs. Vaughn is the quintessential obnoxious parent, pushy and self-centered. Ginger is a plucky, thoughtful young teen. When the two plots converge in the final scenes, everything is resolved satisfactorily. This enjoyable novel will draw readers' interest and keep them turning pages. The message, that a person should follow her conscience and do the right thing in spite of the expected consequences, is one that young people will understand and appreciate.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.