Beginnings (Not)

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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10 Responses to “Beginnings (Not)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:12 am on November 20th, 2022

    Good morning everyone! Been a long time but I read the Echo Falls series and thought it was really good reading for middle grade kids.
    Enjoy your weekend and don’t stress out too much getting ready for turkey day.

  2. B. Stover
    11:41 am on November 20th, 2022

    I like Mr. Sidney.

    Good day to all.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:35 pm on November 20th, 2022


    I have not read this series, but I like the (not) beginning. :^)

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:16 pm on November 20th, 2022

    Rose!…You MUST read this series!…snort!…It is a MUST read!… I just can not believe you have not after all these years…wheeze!

  5. Hobbit
    8:49 pm on November 20th, 2022

    I have too many books that I have yet to read. I will have to add this series.

    Today it is 33 degrees and lightly raining. This means the surfaces are frozen ice with water on top. Boo

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on November 20th, 2022

    Et tu Hobbit!…Not you too! How can youse guys not have read this series????….I ask myself this and I have no answers…grunt!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on November 20th, 2022

    Food!…My friend got the last of the food she will need to make a small modest Thanksgiving Dinner for her and Mother and Me and Kat…grunt!…She is just missing dinner rolls which I think we can do without except there is always turkey sandwiches later on…wiffle!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on November 20th, 2022

    Vacation!…For some reason the library will be closed the day before Thanksgiving, the day of, and the day after, and the day after that…chuffle!…I am very pleased about that. My friend will take the time to order some Christmas presents online. And Rose she has not forgotten youse!…snort!…The check for the calendar will be in the mail very soon!…wheeze!…The Holiday months of November and December seem to ramp up to warp speed for some reason…gasp!guffle!

  9. WTAFP
    9:22 pm on November 20th, 2022

    I agree with Rio. The Echo Falls series is definitely a must read. And it is best read in order.

  10. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on November 20th, 2022

    Wookie!…I’m so glad you agree and have backed me up in this very important reading of a national wonder by the Charming Mr. Abrahams…snorkel!

    Rose!…This reminds me I have to look for vintage photoz for your next Calendar!…chuffle!

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