On Sundays, we look at the beginnings of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker (meaning we get to write that strange word “moniker” on a weekly basis!). Here’s the start of Down the Rabbit Hole, my first children’s book and the first in the Echo Falls trilogy. It came out the same year as my adult book Oblivion, and won the Agatha award for best children’s mystery.

[“A standout novel… The no-nonsense tone of the well-written prose, the multifacted characters, the hint of romance, and the subtly structured mystery open the potential fan base to include just about everyone.”
– Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books]

Ingrid Levin-Hill, three weeks past her thirteenth birthday, sat thinking in her orthodontist’s waiting room. You’re born cute. Babies are cute. Not hard to guess why – it’s so everyone will forgive them for being such a pain. You grow a little older, and people say, “What beautiful hair,” or “Get a load of those baby blues,” or something nice that keeps you thinking you’re still on the cuteness track. Then you hit twelve or thirteen and boom, they tell you everything needs fixing.


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4 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:39 am on May 24th, 2020

    Love that series.

    Good morning all.

  2. swookie's and Teddy's Paw
    8:29 pm on May 24th, 2020

    One of my favorites too!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on May 24th, 2020

    Fave!…It is my very favorite too by far!…snort!

  4. BooBear
    11:01 pm on May 24th, 2020

    Mom and I love all those series. Thank dog OFA didn’t stop with 3 in the Chet and Bernie series!!

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