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 it came up yesterday, how about 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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9 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:36 am on January 23rd, 2022

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    5:57 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    RIO! How could Friend! Not give you one cinnamon roll…The horror!
    Today is National Pie Day…I did not have any pie though. :^(

    Good evening to all!

  3. mlaiuppa
    9:08 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    I didn’t have any pie either. I thought PIe Day was March 14.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    Pie!…Some people here had chocolate pie. Of course I did not get any of that!….sniff!…My friend says I need NOT eat any sugar or actually anything to do with cinnamon rolls..gruffle!…Not even a slim jim was offered …gurgle!…I am feeling very down and out these dayz…grunt!

  5. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    Heaven!…I might as well be in Heaven with Beau and those Thieves…sniffle!

  6. Thieves!
    10:52 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    Rio! No! You don’t want to do that. Yes, This Side of the Bridge has all you can eat hot wings and endless vats o’ beer and you get Restored to Prime, but it consists primarily of remedial bible study. Yeep!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    Gah!…Maybe kibble will do for a while…wuffle!

  8. Thieves!
    11:49 pm on January 23rd, 2022

    Rio: Unless you are really into begats, we recommend staying on That Side for as long as youse can. There is less read tape to sneak you out of your back mused than there is to get a hall pass from bible study. Not everyone on This Side is in bible study. We can only assume they are on remedial remedial bible study…poor things.

  9. Thieves!
    2:17 am on January 24th, 2022

    Damn typos! If only we had thumbs, typing would be so much easier. Read should be red, back mused should be backyard, and it should read not everyone IS on This Side is in bible stuffy. Bah!

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