On Sundays, we look at the beginnings of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. (Moniker! What a word!) 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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6 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:19 am on September 6th, 2020

    The Echo Falls trilogy is fun.

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    11:43 am on September 6th, 2020

    Good morning everyone!
    We love OFA’s middle grade books. It is like C&B with no bad words.
    Super Sunday to all.

  3. Hobbit
    2:29 pm on September 6th, 2020

    I loved working with teens and empathized with all their struggles. I was happy to work with grades 7-12 because I saw their transformations.

    My smoke alarm’s dying battery started chirping at 5 am. This was a smoke alarm that I had bought in January. Did I get up and replace it? No! I wasn’t climbing a ladder at 5 am. I did get up and find my ear plugs.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on September 6th, 2020

    Hobbit!…My friend got fed up with alarm batteries going off in the middle of the night…Such crapola!..So she put all of her alarms down at arm level….snort!…No battery has dared go off so far…sniff!

  5. Hobbit
    10:11 pm on September 6th, 2020

    Rio: it was a relatively new smoke alarm so I hadn’t expected the battery to be dying so soon. I am pretty good at changing out batteries yearly. The new smoke alarms are much improved–they don’t have to be taken down and the battery pulled out and a new battery snapped into place. They have an exterior slot that I open, the battery is just lying in place rather than hooked to anything. I take out the old, put in the new and close the slot. Easy peasy.

    I remember once having a smoke alarm that would continue to chirp even with a new battery. I took it down, smashed it with a hammer and threw it outside at -50. It deserved it.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on September 6th, 2020

    Smashed!…I bet that felt good!…snorkel!

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