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Dig Too Deep


Dig Too Deep

DIG TOO DEEP by Amy Allgeyer is a novel that seeks to convey an important message in an entertaining way. This book draws you in with the all too real picture of life that it illustrates. It explores the topics of love, loss and courage. DIG TOO DEEP will appeal to book lovers of all kinds by managing to educate the reader without boring them.

"DIG TOO DEEP will appeal to book lovers of all kinds by managing to educate the reader without boring them."

Liberty Briscoe has had issues with her mom for as long as she can remember, but things come to a head when Liberty is forced to move in with her grandmother following her mother’s arrest. Once Liberty makes it to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, she experiences all of the normal problems that come with moving to a new school. She makes quick friends with two boys named Cole and Dobber, as well as a bitter rival, Ashleigh. However, Liberty has bigger problems to focus on than high school.

Dozens of people in the city have been getting sick, and with the recent arrival of Peabody Mining Company, it’s unlikely that it can be a coincidence. With the orange water, mutated animals and excessive mining, Liberty is spurred into action as her own grandmother’s health deteriorates each and every day. The story will leave you on edge as Liberty struggles to make the right decision and finds out more about the mine --- and herself.

This isn’t the type of book I would normally pick up, but it surprised me that I was able to thoroughly enjoy it despite it being a different genre than I typically read. In addition to being an enjoyable novel, an underlying theme that’s stressed throughout the course of the story is that of the dangers of mining. Multiple times, the book cites facts that deal with the pollution and hazards associated with mountain top removal, which is the cause of the problems in the book. This was one of the things that I most enjoyed about the book, because I learned things I wouldn’t have known otherwise. My biggest gripe with the book, however, was the fact that the ending was sort of abrupt. I would have loved to see the book written to be a little bit longer so that there could be a sense of closure.

I would recommend this book to teenagers or anybody who enjoys young adult novels.  The book is joyful and somber, pessimistic and hopeful, serious and funny. Anybody who picks it up will have no trouble finding something they love about it.

Reviewed by Levi V., Teen Board Member on April 13, 2016

Dig Too Deep
by Amy Allgeyer