Die Like an Eagle – Donna Andrews

“…The porta-potty’s out of order.”
“How can a porta-potty be – holy cow!” He had gotten close enough to see over my shoulder. “Okay. Can do. Come on, Mason.”
“But the game’s starting any minute,” Mason protested.
“Not now it isn’t,” I said. “I’ll explain later, but you’ll be back in plenty of time for the game. And Rob, on your way past the bleachers, send Dad over here.”
Rob and Mason hurried off. I dialed 911 and prepared to tell Debbie Ann, the dispatcher, that there was a dead body at the ball field.” (page 49)  Continue reading “Die Like an Eagle – Donna Andrews”

A Monster Calls – Written By Patrick Ness, Inspired by an Idea From – Siobhan Dowd, Illustrations by – Jim Kay

Stories are wild creatures,the monster said.When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” (Page 51) Continue reading “A Monster Calls – Written By Patrick Ness, Inspired by an Idea From – Siobhan Dowd, Illustrations by – Jim Kay”

Gossamer – by Lois Lowry

Title: Gossamer
Written by: Lois Lowery
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2006
Paperback: 144 pages

She reached out and fluttered her fingers very lightly against him. “And you told me once that my touch was like gossamer.”
… Thin Elderly nodded. “Your touch is exquisitely dainty, Littlest One. I don’t believe I’ve ever known a daintier one…”” (page 78) Continue reading “Gossamer – by Lois Lowry”

When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead

I still think about the letter you asked me to write. It nags at me, even though you’re gone and there’s no one to give it to anymore. Sometimes I work on it in my head, trying to map out the story you asked me to tell, about everything that happened this past fall and winter. It’s all still there, like a movie I can watch when I want to. Which is never.” (page 2) Continue reading “When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead”

A Murder with Peacocks – Donna Andrews

A Murder with Peacocks – Donna Andrews

Winner of the Anthony-1st Novel award(2000), the Barry-1st Novel award(2000), and the Agatha–1st Novel award(1999).

I had become so used to hysterical dawn phone calls that only muttered one halfhearted oath before answering.
“Peacocks.” a voice said.
“I beg your pardon, you must have the wrong number,” I mumbled. I opened one eye to peer at the clock: it was 6:00 A.M.
“Oh, don’t be silly, Meg,” the voice continued. Ah, I recognized it now. Samantha, my brother, Rob’s, fiancée. “I just called to tell you that we need some peacocks.”
“What for?”
“For the wedding, of course.”” (page 1)

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