Parents' Guide to

The Girl from the Well

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Creepy, gory horror story based on Japanese folktale.

Book Rin Chupeco Horror 2014
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+


I'm pretty sure that this book is fine had a check through. No language apart from crap damn. Extremely mild. Good book for children who want a horror book but can't get one because their inappropriate. No Gore. Just don't let your child read this at night.

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age 11+


My son loved this book I looked inside and nothing to over the top for children a bit of blood recommend to parents who have kids aged 11+.

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Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

Even if you're not a fan of horror and ghost stories, you'll enjoy the creepy and mysterious THE GIRL FROM THE WELL. There's more heart and a message here than the usual fare, and it's a mesmerizing read. The novel is told from three third-person points of view; Okiku is the moral center, although she's a disjointed and sad character; readers will root for Okiku to protect American teenager Tark; and Tark's cousin, Callie, is a kick-butt heroine with guts and smarts.

Readers will learn a great deal about Japanese folklore and mythology, and don't despair after turning the final page -- Book 2 is in the works!

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