On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since today’s a big day in the world of football, how about Behind the Curtain, second in the middle-grade Echo Falls series? Football is important in the story – and I love writing football scenes! (This series is aimed at the upper end of middle-graders, say to age 96 or so.)

[“… Abrahams’ exceptional overlay of detail, especially descriptions of the particular stresses and the goofy occurrences that mark Ingrid’s experience as an eighth-grader, makes the story very convincing as the action builds.”
– Booklist, Starred Review]

Ingrid Levin-Hill sat in math class, her mind wandering pleasantly.


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10 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:19 am on January 19th, 2020

    I enjoyed that series.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:38 am on January 19th, 2020


    Yesterday, Grizz and I ate an amazing ham and swiss quiche, had a glass of merlot, and watched the film “Tora! Tora! Tora!”. Lots of fun! Today we are going to the cinema to see “An American In Paris”.

    A good Sunday to all!

  3. Thieves!
    6:15 pm on January 19th, 2020

    If Ingrid’s mind wanders pleasantly in math class, who knows what it would do in bible study.

  4. Mr. Big
    6:57 pm on January 19th, 2020

    I watched through the French doors while Fluffins was visited for the second time by a family. This time I noticed they brought a carrier with them. Fluffins was just as loving to them as she was to my Attendant. No loyalty at all. A feckle female feline and I say good riddance. I did see Attendant give a quick cuddle and a sigh while she put Fluffins in the carrier but I can’t help but be one satisfied kitty.

    Once Attendant sat in the recliner, I climbed onto her chest and settled down nose to nose. I think my eyes told her that she belongs to me and nobody else.

  5. Thieves!
    8:07 pm on January 19th, 2020

    Big: We have learned that possession is 9/10 of the paw. It would seem it holds true with Attendants.

  6. BooBear
    8:13 pm on January 19th, 2020

    Mr Biggers, that is how Mom and I ended up with so many kitties. Many were fosters that should have been adopted but Mom couldn’t let them go. I know Attendant is sad but you are handling the situation perfectly. Sleep on the big bed tonight!

  7. BooBear
    8:17 pm on January 19th, 2020

    Don’t know if any of y’all are watching the football playoffs but the Kansas City/Tennessee game was very exciting. Mom was pulling for the Chiefs and they won, but it wasn’t a sure thing until the last minutes. Now she is trying to get excited watching Green Bay/San Francisco game but isn’t having much luck. Probably because she is cheering for the Packers and the 49ers are kicking butt!

  8. Thieves!
    8:39 pm on January 19th, 2020

    Boo: We can report we aren’t watching anything on account of being wrapped in tin foil so Beau can get reception. This has afforded us time to think. After much reflection, we have decided we need a 72” flat screen TV to fall off a truck.

  9. Wookie’s and Teddy’s Paw
    10:08 pm on January 19th, 2020

    Thieves. One bit of lawyerly advice. Be sure to catch it before it hits the ground. Failure to do so could adversely affect reception quality. Also, just curious, how is your wi-fi reception up there?

  10. Thieves!
    11:33 pm on January 19th, 2020

    W&Ts Paw: Thinking like that is why you get paid the big Slim Jims. As far as our WiFi, if Beau is asking we have no idea because devices aren’t allowed in bible study. But…under attorney/thief privilege we managed to make Ole Doc a WiFi hotspot.

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