Down The Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery Paperback – Apr 6 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In his first novel for kids, bestselling author Abrahams unspools a tale that fittingly gets curiouser and curiouser. The story shines on audio via a fine performance by Siegfried. As 13-year-old Ingrid Levin-Hill, Siegfried uses a youthful voice to convey the protagonist's age-appropriate blend of smarts, awkwardness and stubborn streak. Budding thespian and sudden amateur sleuth (who idolizes Sherlock Holmes) Ingrid finds herself in the middle of both the community theater production of Alice in Wonderland and a local murder mystery. Will her connection to the deceased be discovered? Does the creepy new actor-director in town have something to do with it all? Listeners will stick with Ingrid to find out—and may well gather some of their own theories—in this satisfyingly suspenseful outing. The fresh dialogue and believable small-town setting will tempt fans to visit Echo Falls again for any sequels. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9–An avid reader of Sherlock Holmes, Ingrid Levin-Hill, 13, is also a fleet-footed soccer player with a knack for stage acting–skills that come in handy when she finds herself caught in a police investigation following the murder of an eccentric woman. The deceased was associated with the Prescott Players, a local theater troupe in which Ingrid lands the title role in a production of Alice in Wonderland. Plot scenes incorporate play rehearsals, family life, middle school, and soccer games along with plenty of intriguing twists and mounting tension. Taking courage from her crusty grandfather, who refuses to sell his farm to an affluent developer, Ingrid acts with aplomb as she secretly undertakes a series of suspenseful adventures to track down the killer. She also maintains the cool-headedness to enjoy the friendship of the police chief's son, Joey Strade, while keeping the officers who'd like to question her at bay. Ingrid's poise, however, is tempered by her self-doubt and troubled dreams, making her a believable human. She and the other main characters are all solidly drawn, including the newest member of her family, a droopy-eyed dog named Nigel. Deft use of literary allusions and ironic humor add further touches of class to a topnotch mystery.–Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT
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Top Customer Reviews
The story takes place in an innocent town, Echo Falls, one day Ingrid Levin-Hill (the main character) goes to get braces and no one picks her up from the orthodontist. She meets Cracked Up Katie (who is a bit crazy) on the street and gets a ride to Cracked Up Katie's house, where Ingrid plans to phone for a taxi. At Cracked Up Katie's house, she forgets her red Pumas by accident, and tells herself that she'll pick them up the next day. But... the next day Cracked Up Katie mysteriously dies, and Ingrid gets her feet caught up in a complicated mystery.
The characters in "Down the Rabbit Hole" are life like and full of humour, with their own unique traits. For example, Ingrid's idol is Sherlock Holmes, and she loves mysteries. If she didn't love mysteries so much the story would be boring because she wouldn't be interested about the crime. Ingrid's grandfather, known as "Grampy" is one of a kind. He taught Ingrid how to use a gun, and how to drive a tractor. Also, he has a grudge against the Real Estate Agency because they are determined to buy his farm, but he doesn't want to sell it. There are even animals that make the book what it is. Take Nigel for example. A stray dog that Ingrid and her family adopted. Nigel is probably he friendliest dog you will meet, and he and the Levin-Hills bonded right away. Nigel actually plays a big part in the mystery.
Peter Abrahams is an amazing writer. Abrahams finds clever ways to surprise his reader with an unexpected ending.Read more ›
How do you solve a murder mystery all on your own, without much help, even from the police? Well, meet Ingrid, a girl who is determined to get to the bottom of a mystery. Ingrid stars in Down the Rabbit Hole which is an exciting, surprising, and a suspenseful mystery written novel by Peter Abrahams.
Ingrid Levin-Hill is a thirteen year old girl who lives in Echo Falls, a town that is a quiet, and there are no crimes. One day when Ingrid doesn't get picked up from her orthodontic appointment, she wanders around town to quickly get to her soccer practice, and meets Cracked-Up Katie, an elder who is willing to get her a taxi ride back to her house. But just when you least expect it, Cracked-Up Katie suddenly dies in her home, and Ingrid realizes that she left her red soccer cleats in Katie's house. When she goes out in the middle of the night to get them, she gets a lot more clues about the mystery. Soon, Ingrid realizes that she must solve the mystery all on her own, even though she's really busy with schoolwork, soccer and acting. If she doesn't solve the mystery, it might be too late, and something could go terribly wrong
There are many things a book needs to make a unique story. For one thing, a book needs steady pacing. Down the Rabbit Hole is a great example for that. In the beginning of the book, the pacing is really fast, but the author gets right to the point. In the middle of the book, the pacing slows down quite a bit, but it has a lot of clues along the way to help you solve the rest of the mystery. At the end of the book, I think that the pacing becomes steadier and it's not too slow or fast. For example, you first find out about the murder on page thirty-eight, and the book is about four hundred pages long.Read more ›
This book is very well written, and recommended to all children, and even adults, who like a good mystery. Be sure to also check out the sequel, called Behind the Curtain, which is also very good.