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Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery

by Peter Abrahams

Published by Laura Geringer Books / HarperCollins, 2005
375 pages
ISBN: 0-06-073701-8

Ages 9-13

Peter Abrahams is a noted writer of thrillers for adults, and with Down the Rabbit Hole he proves he can pen a terrific book for children, too. Thirteen-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill finds herself in the midst of unsettling circumstances when she realizes she may have been the last person to see a murder victim alive. No one knows Ingrid was at the womanís house (she was borrowing the phone), but Ingrid realizes sheís left her soccer shoes at the scene of the crime, and that the men arrested are most likely innocent. Trying to cover her tracks and set things right, Ingrid gets caught up in events as full of twists and turns as Aliceís Adventures in Wonderland. And itís no wonder: the local theater group is mounting a production of Alice, and Ingrid has been cast in the lead. Abrahams combines humor and suspense in a story that has all the elements of a classic murder mystery, and a fresh, smart young protagonist with a penchant for Sherlock Holmes. Ingrid is full of both talents and insecurities that will make her all the more appealing to young readers. From its intriguing and sometimes hilarious subplots (including one involving Ingridís grandfather, who is tenaciously determined to prevent developers from getting his land) to the ongoing theater production and the satisfying discovery of the sinister murderer, Down the Rabbit Hole is a delight. This is the first of a planned series of Echo Falls Mysteries, and it offers intriguing hints of stories to come. (MS) ©2005 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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