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Publisher's Summary

Whistling in the Dark captivated readers with the story of 10-year-old Sally O'Malley and her sister, Troo, during Milwaukee's summer of 1959. The novel became a New York Times best seller and was named a Midwest Honor Award winner. In Good Graces, it's one year later, and a heat wave has everyone in the close-knit Milwaukee neighborhood on edge - none more so than Sally O'Malley, who remains deeply traumatized by the sudden death of her daddy and her near escape from a murderer and molester the previous summer.
Although outwardly she and her sister, Troo, are more secure, Sally's confidence in her own judgment and much of her faith have been whittled away. When a series of disquieting events unfold in the neighborhood - a string of home burglaries, the escape from reform school of a nemesis, and the mysterious disappearance of an orphan, crimes that may involve the increasingly rebellious Troo - Sally is called upon to rise above her inner demons. She made a deathbed promise to her daddy to keep Troo safe, a promise she can't break, even if her life depends on it. But when events reach a crisis point, will Sally have the courage and discernment to make the right choices? Or will her false assumptions lead her and those she loves into danger once again?
Lesley Kagen's gift for imbuing her child narrators with compelling authenticity shines as never before in Good Graces, a novel told with sensitivity, wit, and warmth.
©2011 Lesley Kagen. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO
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Critic Reviews

"For all the praise garnered for Whistling in the Dark, Good Graces more than lives up to its predecessor." (School Library Journal)
"A...spot on sequel to her bestselling debut, Whistling in the Dark. Kagen does a remarkable job of balancing the goofiness of an eleven-year-old with the sinister plot points, creating a suspenseful yarn that still retains an air of genuine innocence. Readers who enjoyed the first story are in for a treat." (Publishers Weekly)
"Good Graces deftly dwells in '60's Milwaukee. Through her preteen narrator, Sally O'Malley, she (Kagen) evokes the joys, sorrows and complexities of growing up." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
"Spend happy hours following the O'Malley sisters through the sweltering summer of 1960 on Milwaukee's West Side. This humorous, passionate novel of childhood is full of evocative local detail and the lives of wild, smart children." (Milwaukee magazine)
"Good Graces is filled with sensitivity and wit." (Shepherd Express)
"In Good Graces the mix of light and dark is rendered with honesty, wit and savvy." (The Morton Report)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 10-23-11

The Author is the Perfect Narrator

The book is cute and funny on it's own but Leslies reading of it brings us right into the mind and thoughts of young Sally O'Malley. Wonderful!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-23-17

Not the best from this author

Loved the first book!! should have just ended it there instead of dragging it on. And narrator kind of nasally

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