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Beginnings

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February 23rd, 2020 Posted 9:56 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 Reality Check, my first young adult novel and winner of the Edgar Award in that category? (I heard from a school librarian this week who hands it out to boys who hate reading.)

[“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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February 16th, 2020 Posted 10:15 am

On Sundays we take a look at the beginning of a Peter Abrahams novel including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. How about the start of a book that isn’t even out yet, the next Chet and Bernie novel – Of Mutts And Men? (Coming July 7 but now available for preorder.)

A rooftop chase? Who’s got it better than me?

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January 26th, 2020 Posted 8:29 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Politics seems to be in the air these days, so how about A Fistful of Collars, a Chet and Bernie mystery where some political shenanigans are going on?

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.

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Beginnings

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January 19th, 2020 Posted 8:40 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. Since today’s a big day in the world of football, how about Behind the Curtain, second in the middle-grade Echo Falls series? Football is important in the story – and I love writing football scenes! (This series is aimed at the upper end of middle-graders, say to age 96 or so.)

[“… Abrahams’ exceptional overlay of detail, especially descriptions of the particular stresses and the goofy occurrences that mark Ingrid’s experience as an eighth-grader, makes the story very convincing as the action builds.”
– Booklist, Starred Review]

Ingrid Levin-Hill sat in math class, her mind wandering pleasantly.

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