Friday, September 21, 2012

School Library Journal Review - and Bay Book Co.

Pleased to report that School Library Journal had nice things to say about HANGING BY A THREAD!

LITTLEFIELD, Sophie. Hanging by a Thread. 270p. CIP. Delacorte. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-385-74104-0; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98982-7; ebook $10.99. ISBN 978-0-375-98356-6. LC 2011047773.
Gr 9 Up–Clare Knight recently moved back to Winston, California. She inherited more than a home from her family; she also inherited an affinity for sewing and design as well something darker. A seamstress, she redesigns vintage clothing, and with one touch of a garment, she can see the life of the person who wore it. As she prepares for her junior year in high school, Rachel, an old friend, introduces her to the popular crowd, and Clare finds herself invited to one wild beach party after another. However, behind the carefree life in this seaside town lies a terrible truth; two children have been murdered in as many years and on the same date. Parents fear it will happen again. With Clare’s gift comes great responsibility, and the teen finds herself caught up in the mystery of these tragic deaths. The author keeps readers hanging on to each page with a fast-moving plot, but sacrifices fluidity in the process. However, most teens will not mind at all. Littlefield includes just the right amount of conflict, mystery, fashion, teenage mischief, and hot guys to keep readers entertained, and they’ll enjoy the ending that ties together all the loose threads.–Mindy Whipple, West Jordan Library, UT

I marked the occasion by taking a drive out to Half Moon Bay to sign books at Bay Book Company. You really can't beat a September afternoon along the Northern California coast - especially if you drag along an amusing friend and have a leisurely lunch after.

Juliet (Blackwell) and I were intrigued to discover that Bay Book Co. has an astonishing stock of cigars secreted away in their own little room. We briefly considered buying a couple to bring to Bouchercon, but decided we've already got enough bad habits.

Manager Jeff Broyles and assistant manager Sue Pope made us feel right at home... did the bookstore cat. She used to be feral, apparently - now she looks right at home in her new setting!

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