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Kiki Strike

Inside the Shadow City

by Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike
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    May 2006, 250 pages
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    May 2007, 400 pages

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When Ananka Fishbein she ventures into an enormous sinkhole near her New York City apartment. She discovers a million rats, delinquent Girl Scouts out for revenge, and a secret city below the streets of Manhattan.

Life will never be the same for Ananka Fishbein after she ventures into an enormous sinkhole near her New York City apartment. A million rats, delinquent Girl Scouts out for revenge, and a secret city below the streets of Manhattan combine in this remarkable novel about a darker side of New York City you have only just begun to know about…

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

By taking the time to open this book, you’ve become a member of a very elite group: The Curious. I can’t tell you how pleased I am that we’ve found each other. As you must have noticed, there aren’t many of us around.

Contained on these pages is a true account of my first adventure with the legendary Kiki Strike. If you’re looking for a thrilling story to keep you entertained on those rainy days when you have nothing better to do, it should serve that purpose quite nicely. But if you’re interested in learning a few essential skills along the way, all the better. Of course, I’m not speaking of the kind of skills you’re likely to learn in any classroom. Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide you with an altogether more useful education.

Happy Reading,
Ananka Fishbein

CHAPTER ONE: The Shadow City

Until the age of twelve, I led what most people would consider a unexceptional life. My activities...

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Miller's fast moving, streamlined writing style draws girls into the first volume of this planned series which offers courage and derring-do in abundance.   (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).

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Deliciously entertaining debut novel... the author's love for New York's nooks and crannies shines from every page, making this a rare adventure story.

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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. While some discerning readers may complain that the conclusion is too quick and tidy, readers will welcome the hints of sequels, all hopefully narrated by Ananka, the most intriguing and carefully developed of Miller's characters.

School Library Journal

Kiki Strike celebrates the courage and daring of seemingly ordinary girls, and it will thrill those who long for adventure and excitement.

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An absurdly satisfying romp for disaffected smart girl, with hints of more to come.

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Kimi

Excellant
Kiki Strike is my favorite book. I recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries, action, and spy books, because it is a perfect combination of all three. The original is better than the sequel, but they are both really good. I could read Kiki Strike ...   Read More

Em

Talk about a Page Turner
Not only does Kirstin Miller make you LOVE & HATE Kiki Strike the character, she also makes you want to be there and think of all there plans and the next step they should take. Making the characters not the stereo-type girl power girls, she gives ...   Read More

indigo york

kiki strike book reveiw
Anaka Fishbean is a thirteen year old girl. She lives with her parents in a flat in New York City. When an enormous sinkhole appears in the park across from her home it’s only the start of her adventures. When she discovers and underground room she ...   Read More

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Kirsten Miller works in advertising in New York. She says that the idea for Kiki Strike did not come to her all at once, but that Kiki was the first character to arrive, because she loved the idea of a young, female mastermind who lived by her own set of rules (not all of them good). Then, in 2001, she heard about the front lawn of a nursing home in Manhattan that had collapsed revealing the forgotten basement of a building that had been torn down eighty years before; the room was complete with tables, chairs and even wall decorations. This was one of the events that triggered Miller's fascination with the many other tunnels and hidden rooms under New York, which inspired her to create the Shadow City.

"I wanted to...

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