On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about we try Into The Dark, third in the middle-grade Echo Falls series? Unlike the Chet and Bernie series, Echo Falls should probably be read in sequence – Down The Rabbit Hole, Behind The Curtain, Into The Dark. Today, instead of the beginning, here’s a little bit of Mr. Sidney, the old school bus driver, talking to Ingrid and her friend Ty about Bataan, which of course is all new to them.

“Very next morning they had us on the road to the prison camp. Not going to talk about the Death March – you can look it up. Not going to talk about the starvation, or the disease, the heat, or what happened to anybody who lagged behind, even to drink from a mud puddle.”

“What happened to them?” said Ty.

“What did I just say?” said Mr. Sidney.



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9 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:50 am on March 28th, 2021

    I really enjoyed the Echo Falls series.

    Good day to all.

  2. dawson
    12:59 pm on March 28th, 2021

    I must be a kid at heart because I love OFA’s young adult books.

    Weather report: Blizzard!

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    1:10 pm on March 28th, 2021


    Dawson: Nothing wrong with being a kid at heart!

    A soggy day in this neck of the woods.

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. Herd of Hounds
    1:36 pm on March 28th, 2021

    Good day all!
    Nasty thunderstorm here last night. The entire herd decided that mom was the safest place to be so we all slept together on the couch. The sun has come out now it looks like we have two days without thunderstorms or extra rain.
    We love all the Spencer Quinn books here. Have some problems with the occasional peter Abrahams thrillers.
    The dutch iris in the yard are beginning to bloom. Guess that means it really and truly is spring here. In about four weeks the Siberian iris should bloom.

  5. dawson
    8:34 pm on March 28th, 2021

    The cicadas are coming! Not here but maybe where you live. I wonder what Chet thinks of that, if anything.

    HOH: I am jealous of your blooming irises. One of Mom’s favorites so therefore one of my favorites too.

    The blizzard is supposed to end at 6 pm Mountain Standard time. It better hurry up and stop.

  6. WATP
    9:25 pm on March 28th, 2021

    Dawson. We will have cicadas here, the 17 year ones, probably in about a month. They are noisy, ugly and everywhere. The last time they were here we had Wookie, who did not pay them any mind. However his best friend Casey would eat them and then vomit them back up. Their exoskeletons cannot be digested by dogs, which is the problem.

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on March 28th, 2021

    Exoskeletons!…yeeeep!…This does not sound as satisfying as hot wings and a keg o’beer….grunt!…Wookie had a very sensitive palate. I’m sure he never went near any exoskeletons!…grunt!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on March 28th, 2021

    Scary!…Cicadas are alright if they stay in the trees (which I do not have in my back yard any longer) but its the cicadas killers who are very scary indeed!…yelp!…They are large terrifying flying wasp like creatures only even meaner looking…gulp!…An Orkin guy told us they do not go for humans or pugs only cicadas…wheeze!…If I could post a picture of one I would, but I can’t so I shan’t…grumble!

  9. dawson
    10:38 pm on March 28th, 2021


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