|About the Book|
Before the dreams, sixteen-year-old Katherine would have said the biggest problems in her life were too much homework- Gordy, her pesky eight-year-old brother- and a mom and stepdad who fought like cats and dogs.As far back as Katherine can remember,MoreBefore the dreams, sixteen-year-old Katherine would have said the biggest problems in her life were too much homework- Gordy, her pesky eight-year-old brother- and a mom and stepdad who fought like cats and dogs.As far back as Katherine can remember, she’s had what some might call “portentous” dreams, but they never left her questioning her soundness of mind. So why is her sleep being disrupted, night after night, by increasingly disturbing dreams of a yellow scarf, and why are dreams of a girl named Della invading her slumber, as well?How far will sleep-starved Katherine go to salvage her sanity and make the dreams go away? Nothing seems to be out of the question once she discovers who Della is and that no one, including the girl’s mother and step-father, recognizes—or will admit—Della has simply vanished (gone “splitsville!). Katherine decides if she has to lie, steal, break into someone’s home, or include her blackmailing little brother in her search for answers, then so be it.What Katherine finds will intertwine her life so indelibly with Della’s, she will carry the emotional scars for years to come.In her desperate quest for the truth, Katherine is joined by an extremely colorful cast of characters, including long-time friend and recent love interest, Em- Mrs. Harper, her octogenarian neighbor- a chain-smoking waitress named Clovis- and her precocious brother, Gordy.Remember Della, similar in style to The Secret Life of Bees and To Kill a Mockingbird, is a mystery with a paranormal twist. The story, which takes place in the South during the mid-fifties, is chock-full of facts, trivia and slang from that era. While an entertaining read, this book addresses bullying and abuse—both physical and emotional—in a fresh and unique way during a time before such issues were “labeled” unacceptable and problematic.