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A Day That Will Live In Infamy

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December 7th, 2022 Posted 8:05 am

Pearl Harbor, 81 years ago today. Among many other things, we got dragged onto the international stage and once on it there seems to be no getting off. Anyone out there remember that day? An excellent one-volume history of WW2 is Inferno by Max Hastings. Is there a more important event in human history than WW2? I hope kids are still learning about it in school.

(The Bataan Death March – April 1942 – figures in INTO THE DARK, third in my Echo Falls series for younger readers.)

 

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Beginnings (Not)

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November 20th, 2022 Posted 7:16 am

On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. But today I’m going with the post I meant for Veterans Day. This is from 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. So let’s get to Mr. Sidney, the old school bus driver who endured some of the worst that WW2 had to offer, 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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Beginnings

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March 28th, 2021 Posted 7:53 am

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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Beginnings

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October 25th, 2020 Posted 8:09 am

On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. We’ve been looking at the middle-grade Echo Falls series – unlike the Chet and Bernie series, Echo Falls should probably be read in sequence. Today, #3, Into the Dark, but 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.

[“I’ve read the two previous Echo Falls mysteries featuring Ingrid (Down the Rabbit Hole and Behind the Curtain) and enjoyed them, but I think this one may be the best of all.”
– Claire Rosser, KLIATT (starred review)]

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