Beginnings (More)

On Sundays, we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernies (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Here, from 2005, #15, DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE. This is the first of the Echo Falls series and my first children’s book. It came out the same year as OBLIVION (subject of last Sunday’s beginnings). DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 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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41 Responses to “Beginnings (More)”

  1. Masquers
    9:32 am on April 15th, 2018

    Riõ! Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday!!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:34 am on April 15th, 2018

    Good morning everyone. We enjoyed the Echo Falls book. One question for OFA:
    where does Quacky Baseball fall on the book order?
    Happy Beginnings, Chetspeak, Egg Day and Sunday.
    Cool, grey and wet here. Hope everyone has a super Sunday.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:35 am on April 15th, 2018

    To of the morning to Masquers.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:37 am on April 15th, 2018

    Birthdays…the Subject of Today. Echo Falls…we Loved this 3 Book Series!

  5. Masquers
    9:39 am on April 15th, 2018

    Hey to HOH and everyone.

  6. B.Stover
    10:13 am on April 15th, 2018

    Love that series.

    Happy Birthday Rio!

    Good morning all.

  7. Belle Starr
    10:24 am on April 15th, 2018

    Everything was going according to plan, and then it happened. Friend woke up while Ole Doc was just about to cover her in birthday glitter. Taking advantage of her momentary shock of seeing Ole a Doc hanging from the ceiling a la Mission Impossible, I finished tying bows on each of her toes and then bolted out of there. Last I saw of Ole Doc, he was still swinging from the ceiling with a bag o’ glitter in his mouth. The morale of this story, is Friend is a light sleeper. Rio is not. He twitched his ears at the sound of commotion, farted, rolled over and started snoring again.

    Friend: Happy birthday!

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:36 am on April 15th, 2018


    Heh! I can relate to today’s beginning.

    Hope Rio and Friend have the bestest birthday! I also hope ice cream cake is involved! :^)

    Good day to all!

  9. Alice M. Johnson
    10:42 am on April 15th, 2018

    Rio! Heh. Happy BDay

  10. AbbieTheKitty
    10:44 am on April 15th, 2018

    Happy Birthday Rio-TEP

  11. Staff
    10:50 am on April 15th, 2018

    We still have about a foot of snow in the yard. Strategic places around the south side of the house (where the sun hits and reflects) are bare ground. But in front of the lovely new garage there are several muddy lakes in the path through the snow. Next to the garage door there is a really tall (3 feet now) pile of old hard snow. Winter is dying slowly and with a great deal of pain. Grump.
    At least I am not in the path of the blizzard that is hitting Rio. Hah!

  12. Staff
    10:50 am on April 15th, 2018

    Oh yeah, What those cats said. Happy Birthday to The Evil Pug.

  13. Herd of Hounds
    11:04 am on April 15th, 2018

    We send B-day greetings too.

  14. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    4:01 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Happy birthday wishes to Rio and his friend from here in Chevy Chase.

  15. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:05 pm on April 15th, 2018

    LEAP!…snort!…The Birthday Boy is here!…chuffle!burp! …I got snow for my big day….grunt!

  16. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Bows!…My friend woke up with bows on her toes!…chuffle!…I do believe she went out last night and partied without me. How else would she have bows on her toes?…gruffle!

  17. Hobbitz
    6:22 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Happy day to everyone!
    Sadie slept on the deck but woke me at 6 am with a single bark to come inside. She then went running down the hall and into my bedroom ending up on my big bed. She has not been on my bed in months (even before her leg injury). So once again I was hanging to the side of the bed while Sadie hogged the mattress. I was happy to do so.

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:34 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Sadie!…..WHOOO HOOO!…Sadie is on the Big Bed!…snort!…Ole Doc you better take notes…chuffle!

  19. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:52 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Artisan!….My friend made her first loaf of Artisan crusty no-knead bread today…snort!…Super Duper for a first attempt! Crusty on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Sort of like ME!Me!me!…wuffle!

    Photo!…No, this is not my friends first loaf. Her little loaf was well, little…sniff!…But it tasted and looked pretty impressive for a first attempt…heh!heh!…Tomorrow a new loaf will be baked and a photo will be taken before we all devour it…burp!

  20. Herd of Hounds
    7:01 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Sadie Bear, we think you and Darah Thea may be related due to the one bark to come back in. She has trained us well.

  21. Hobbitz
    7:10 pm on April 15th, 2018

    That bread looks delish. Unfortunately, bread seems to be a thing in my past now due to “food sensitivities.” But that is ok, Friend and friends of Friend should devour it.

    It is spring here but with nippy nights. I am getting my south-facing windows “filmed” so that less heat comes in). The upstairs gets way too hot–in the summer it can be in the 80s upstairs and Alaska doesn’t believe in air conditioning. Right now it is 46 degrees outside and my upstairs is 76 degrees with the furnace set at 60. The blinds have been down most of the day. I am hoping that having the uncovered cathedral windows darkly filmed will be helpful. The deck sliding doors will also be filmed but not as dark at the cathedral windows.

    Sadie and I enjoyed a walk. Snow is melting but the ground is frozen so we saw ducks swimming on the snow-melted lake in the park. Last evening I was tired but Sadie told me in no uncertain barks that it was past time to go for our second walk of the day. This encourages me to continue to have her lose weight. Now that I can distract her with walks, I can ignore her wanting more food and treaties. She has been on diet kibble for awhile now.

  22. BearSpiritDog
    7:39 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Sadie Bear going for Walks and Jumping Up on the big bed! We are Impressed!

  23. BearSpiritDog
    7:40 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Rio: Your Friend”s Artisan Bread looks Delish!

  24. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:49 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Bear!…I know for sure you have only read every other word of my bread post…snort!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    7:56 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Rio: I have been known to Devour Whole Loaves at a single setting!

  26. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Bear!…If you ever venture out to visit me, I will make sure someone bakes you your very own loaf of Artisan Bread to go with your Wine and Cheese…snort!

  27. Thieves!
    8:39 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Birthday Toes: We blurred by earlier to check on Ole Doc twice today. The first time he asked to be let down on account of the harness from the ceiling squishing his undercarriage. Then, we pointed out he and Wyatt had their giblets snipped on the same day. It was at that point he realized he was comfortable and insisted he not be let down from the cieling. The second blur by was to make sure he got a piece…or loaf…of the bread.

  28. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Where did all the Artisan Birthday Bread GO!!???….grump!

  29. BearSpiritDog
    9:16 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Whatever Do You Mean? Heh, heh.

  30. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Hunk!…I’m sure there was a small hunk o’ artisan bread left for a midnight snack…sniff!sniff!…And now it is gone!bread!gone!

    Yes!…This is the actual Hunk which had not been devoured earlier…grunt!

  31. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:20 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Weeep!…Sob!..Look how fluffy and lite the inside is…wiffle!

  32. Thieves!
    9:21 pm on April 15th, 2018

    That hunk o’ bread is roughly the same shape as Ole Doc.

  33. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Oh, special bread sounds yummy good. Burp.

  34. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on April 15th, 2018


  35. Thieves!
    9:23 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Here is a photo of Ole Doc for comparison sake.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    9:41 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Ole Doc! Now we know who Devoured that last Bite of Bread.

  37. Ole Doc
    9:46 pm on April 15th, 2018

    BSD: That’s how I roll. Pun intended.

  38. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Snort!…I’ll be damned. Ole Doc does look like a loaf of Artisan Bread…burp!

  39. Thieves!
    10:07 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Rio: We may be Thieves!, but we aren’t liars.

  40. dawson
    11:16 pm on April 15th, 2018

    Me too!
    I am a fan of the Echo Falls series.

    Happy birthday to Rio and Friend! Friend’s birthday bread looks yummy.
    Making artisan bread was something I said I was going to do when I retired and I did do a few delicious loaves. Then a lady started selling ancient grain artisan bread at the farmer’s market and I started buying it instead. Now she has stopped making it but I haven’t re-started.
    Ole Doc and Artisan bread: Twins!

    CHobbitz: Are you managing to stay away from all of the foods to which you are allergic? Hooray for Sadie jumping up on your bed and going for extra walks. Also, hooray for kittens! Does Mr. Big like the kittens?

  41. Hobbitz
    12:05 am on April 16th, 2018

    Dawson: I am not managing to stay away from foods I shouldn’t eat so I have been suffering the consequences. I need to get it together but it is just that I can eat so little.
    Kittens are safe behind a bedroom door downstairs so Mr. Big has not spied them. I know he still yearns for being an only cat. I have decided against adopting one of the mother cats (a very beautiful flame point Siamese). I want to but can’t do that to Mr. Big although he might accept a female more than he does Denali who is a male.
    My cat rescue ran a “Black cat/kitten special” for a week starting Friday the 13th. So far zero calls even with a lot of promotion and a nice reduction in price (sigh).

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