Posts Tagged ‘Echo Falls’



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)]


Echo Falls (More)


October 20th, 2020 Posted 8:27 am

Yesterday the question came up about whether I’d be writing more in the Echo Falls series, of which there are 3 novels at present. The answer is probably not. The publishing business is full of vagaries. In fact, if you can’t take the vagaries get out of the kitchen. I’ve also thought of writing about Ingrid, the 13-year-old main character, when she’s all grown up. But here’s another factor: I love writing in the voice of a certain character whose name begins with C, and don’t want to stop anytime soon.

Today’s post is dedicated to Teddy, in memory.


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September 6th, 2020 Posted 8:48 am

On Sundays, we look at the beginnings of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. (Moniker! What a word!) Here’s the start of Down the Rabbit Hole, my first children’s book and the first in the Echo Falls trilogy. It came out the same year as my adult book Oblivion, and 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.


Beginnings (More)


April 29th, 2018 Posted 7:26 am

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 2007, #17, BEHIND THE CURTAIN – second in the Echo Falls trilogy. This book includes one of my two weight-lifting scenes. The other’s in LIGHTS OUT. They’re very different. (It’s also possible that there’s a third somewhere, possibly in a Chet and Bernie.)

[“… 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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