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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer

About Amy Allgeyer

The youngest of seven kids, Amy has been writing stories since she first learned to make her letters face the right way. Her work has appeared in Family Fun, A Fly in Amber and Stories for Children. As an architect, she spends her days restoring hundred-year-old homes in Boise where she lives with her son, a feral house cat, and a fake owl named Alan. She hates chocolate, but loves vegetables. She also loves travelling to foreign lands and the smell of honeysuckle on humid Southern nights. 
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Review by Suze
Because Liberty's mother is in prison she has to move in with her grandmother. She moves from Washington D.C. to the small Ebbottsville which used to be a beautiful place. It's been a while since Liberty's last visit and she's shocked by what she sees. Because of a mine the whole town has changed. Her grandmother doesn't have clean water anymore, what comes out of the tap is bright orange. It's supposed to be safe, but Liberty doesn't believe that. Asking questions about the mine is dangerous, but Liberty wants to know what's behind the dirty water and what the consequences are of drinking it. She's taking a huge risk, but it's something she has to do.
Dig Too Deep is a thrilling read. Liberty is in an awful situation. Her mother is in jail and she's angry with her. They don't speak. Her grandmother is there for her, but at her new home things are difficult. Liberty needs to be creative to make sure she can manage. School used to be the most important thing in her life, but in Ebbottsville she has other things on her mind. I loved her spirit and her strong character. She isn't afraid to speak up and she does what she thinks she has to do no matter what the consequences are. I liked that a lot.
Amy Allgeyer is a great storyteller. Dig Too Deep is a gripping read with a lot of interesting twists and turns. There's quite a bit of action and the ending is surprising and really good. Liberty is mature for her age. She's used to taking care of herself and that is what she keeps doing when she's living with her grandmother. Her past damaged her, but it also made her more resilient. I love how Amy Allgeyer writes about difficult topics, she's sympathetic and has an honest and direct approach. That made this book so amazing. Dig Too Deep is believable and interesting.
Dig Too Deep has a lot of moving scenes and I often had tears in my eyes. Liberty is independent, but it isn't fair that she's on her own so much. Instead of doing everything to fit in she stands up for what she believes. The story came to life very well for me. I could easily picture the town, the inhabitants, the mine and everything around it. Because of the thorough description of Liberty's thoughts and observations it felt like I was actually there. I think Amy Allgeyer has written a brilliant story and I highly recommend this book.

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  1. The more I learn about Dig Too Deep, the more I want to read it. I like the environmental aspect.

  2. I'm excited to read this book because Amy sounds like an amazing author! Thanks for the chance to win :]

  3. Sounds intense but engaging!