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.

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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7 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:17 am on March 7th, 2021

    Great beginning…and trilogy.

    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    2:01 pm on March 7th, 2021

    Good day all!
    We love the echo Falls trilogy. Could be because mom worked with middle school for so many years. OFA does teenagers really well.

    Waiting here with bated breath for the start of the 49th Iditarod.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:27 pm on March 7th, 2021


    I know what Ingrid means about everything needing fixing at about thirteen. Sigh.

    HOH: Hope youse are having a most excellent time!

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    4:09 pm on March 7th, 2021

    Wose, town is basically empty. It sure makes gift shopping easy! So many empty storefronts is sad.
    Iditarod Insider has really modernized. Lots of video coverage. One can even choose 5 mushers and get updates on their positions and locations. Much better that in 2013!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:48 pm on March 7th, 2021

    HOH: COVID has definitely taken its toll on retail and residential.
    Very sad that many of the storefronts and restaurants may never return.

    Sounds like the Iditarod has undergone some good changes!

  6. dawson
    5:29 pm on March 7th, 2021

    An exciting new Iditarod race that does not include Nome, sea ice, and so many of the little checkpoints we used to know and love. Go Aliy!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on March 7th, 2021

    Race!…We just watched the mushers leave the Start…snort!snort!…Very different but at least there is a race…wheeze!

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