Welcome to Echo Falls. Home of a thousand secrets, where
Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth, never knows what will happen next.
Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. Getting them back means getting involved in a murder investigation rivaling those solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes, and Ingrid has enough on her plate with club soccer, school, and the plum role of Alice in the Echo Falls production of Alice in Wonderland. But much as in Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole, things in Ingrid's small town keep getting curiouser and curiouser. Her favorite director has a serious accident onstage (but is it an accident?), and the police chief is on Ingrid's tail, grilling her about everything from bike-helmet law to the color of her cleats. Echo Falls has turned into a nightmare, and Ingrid is determined to wake up. Edgar Awardnominated novelist Peter Abrahams builds suspense as a smart young girl finds that her small town isn't nearly as safe as it seems.
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 whyit'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 that
everything needs fixing. Waiting in the wings are the orthodontist, the
dermatologist, the contact lens guy, the hair-tinting guy, maybe even the
nose-job guy. You look at yourself in the mirror, really look at yourself, for
the first time. And what do you see? Oh my God.
Two orthodontists divided the business in Echo Falls: Dr. Lassiter, who didn't mind pulling a tooth or two to speed things along, and Dr. Binkerman, who liked to say he'd turn in his ...
This is a great choice for children and young teens who enjoy good mysteries, and especially by those who are sufficiently well-read to pick up on the literary allusions.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
Full Review (166 words).
Peter Abraham has written 14 books for adults including Oblivion (2005) and End of Story (April 2006), but this is his first book for children/teens. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife and four children.
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