Beginnings (More)[premature post due to misclick)

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 2009, #21, REALITY CHECK, my first young adult novel and winner of the Edgar Award in that category.

[“The best writer of psychological suspense around.”
– Laura Miller, Talk of the Nation, NPR]

Except for football Fridays, Cody Laredo’s favorite day of the school year was always the last. Now, May 30, final day of his sophomore year at County High, he sat in the back row of homeroom, waiting for the teacher – a sub he’d never seen before – to hand out the report cards. As long as there were no Fs – even one would make him ineligible for football in the fall, meaning summer school, an impossibility since he had to work – Cody didn’t care what was in the report card. He just wanted out.


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16 Responses to “Beginnings (More)[premature post due to misclick)”

  1. Staff
    3:46 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    I can’t beleive no one else has posted. Are there blog problems?

    Thursday Mr.Fireslippers and I drove down to Minneapolis and saw the Turtleman. Then on Friday I got to see my dentist who put a cap on a bad tooth. After that we got in the car and drove back home. (we did stop at one quilt shop on the way) 300 miles each way.
    Henry is mad at me and will not hug me. He is hugging the Mister though. We were only gone overnight and there was food left in the bowls. grump.

  2. Staff
    3:47 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    believe. more grump.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    4:38 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    Staffie: OMD! We can’t believe it either. Even Spence did a Mis-Click.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:52 pm on June 2nd, 2018


    OFA makes a misclick. Can a double Dawson be far behind? :^)

    Staff: The dentist is in the future for Grizz and I. Hopefully, no major work will be required. Henry giving you the cold shoulder…maybe a treat from you would help.

    Love the beginning!

  5. Herd of Hounds
    10:14 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    Ain’t it grand…OFA did a mis- click. More to talk about.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    MisClick!…I’m betting it was Spencer who misclicked. Is this a new word?…snort!

    Baseball!…snort!…We here are watching the Cubbies and the Mets battling it out….heh!heh!…And enjoying it very much. Tied game. 11th inning. Someone says we have to go to bed soon….sigh!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    Reality!…For some reason I am having a hard time remembering this book….grunt!….Maybe I am losing my mind? I know I have read it. I have all of the Charming Mr Abrahams books by golly….wheeze!…Once things settle down around here ((heh)) I will be re-reading this novel. Oh and the Rabbit Hole series also…snort!snort!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on June 2nd, 2018

    Game!…Now in the top of the 13th inning….wheeze! …tied 1 ta 1…grunt!…Going to my warm soft bed very very soon…wheeze!

  9. Chet The Dog
    7:55 am on June 3rd, 2018

    Testing ….

  10. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 am on June 3rd, 2018

    Hey, Chet, hope you studied for this morning’s test.

  11. B.Stover
    10:19 am on June 3rd, 2018

    This post which was put up yesterday by mistake is probably today’s post right? I found “misclick” in an online dictionary but not in a printed dictionary.

    Anyway, good morning all.

  12. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:49 am on June 3rd, 2018


    A much cooler day in this neck of the woods. After being in the upper 80s yesterday, temps will only be in the low 60s. I’ll take it!

    Good day to all!

  13. Herd of Hounds
    1:34 pm on June 3rd, 2018

    Such a confusing day….Chetspeak, Beginnings, Egg Day and so many other possibilities. Have a satiating Sunday.

  14. BooBear
    10:25 pm on June 3rd, 2018

    Hi, guys. Mom got back from Nebraska (uncle’s funeral). Very good to see family.
    Mom got us a new kitty sitter and she was great. We gave her a paws up!

    Macy and ML, so sorry for your loss.

    Can’t wait to hear more about the new C and B.

  15. Thieves!
    11:05 pm on June 3rd, 2018

    SQPA: We have been falsely accused of many misclicks in our lifetime and after. You are in good company.

    Reports from the kennel is the Wee Nigel is beside himself with news that the Giant and our Lady adopted/quasi-rescued a sled dog of his very own today. Wee Nigel will teach the yearling everything he needs to know about being a sled dog.

  16. Staff
    1:11 am on June 4th, 2018

    Rio, I remember Reality Check. I thought it was amazingly “adult” for a young adult book. Maybe I mean “graphic”. It is a very memorable ending.

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