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Liffey Rivers and the Mystery of the Sparkling Solo Dress Crown (Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries) Paperback – November 3, 2005
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"This series of "Tween" books by Brenna Briggs has everything: a great mystery, Irish culture, and plenty of Irish dancing. Brenna Briggs writes with flair and passion, and her novels fill a yawning, gaping hole in literature for Irish-American girls." - BellaOnline- Irish Culture Editor
Once you've started reading it, you'll find it very hard to put down. It's definitely a good read for any Irish dancer. -- IRISH DANCING AND CULTURE MAGAZINE
From the Back Cover
Will she finally win a 1st place in her soft shoe jig (her best dance step) and get her very own solo dress at last?
Or will she again get a "good, but not good enough" 2nd or 3rd place?
And who is that man Liffey sees standing by the elevators with the streak of white hair running down the back of his head (like a skunk) and what is he up to?
Liffey has seen him before. He is carrying a shopping bag with a beautiful curly-haired Irish dancer doll peeking out. Liffey can see that the doll is wearing a dazzling diamond solo dress crown...but something is wrong...."
More About the Author
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, into a third generation Irish American family where for many years I thought that eating sugar cookies with green icing on Saint Patrick's Day was the best thing about being Irish.
Brenna Briggs' essays and short stories have been featured in Hornpipe Magazine, The Irish American Post, Canada's Irish Connections, The Sligo Quarterly Review, Irish Dancing and Culture Magazine and many other periodicals and newspapers.
Visit Brenna Briggs and learn more about the Liffey Rivers Irish Dancer Mysteries at www.liffeyrivers.com
Top Customer Reviews
Things Irish are popular now, especially the dance and Ms. Briggs has obviously had some experience in that competitive world.
There is a glossary of Irish dance terms plus historical and geographical tidbits fused into the story line for a little painless education. Even as an adult, I enjoyed and learned from this book and will be giving several as gifts this holiday season.
What I liked:
Liffey is a spunky, quirky girl who dreams of qualifying for a solo dress and eats spaghetti and meatballs the night before every competition. Because of her overbearing personality, no one, including the reader, can anticipate what she will do next.
The author pulls the reader into two new worlds that they may never otherwise explore. The first is the world of Irish dance. Second, she gives us a feel for the city of St. Louis, Missouri.
Liffey lets her imagination run a bit wild, which makes her the perfect sleuth. She notices clues that other people might not even wonder about.
I can see where Liffey's looniness might be hereditary. I laughed when I heard that her aunt gave a cheer during Liffey's competition:"Kick `em high, kick `em low, go, go, go."
Liffey internalizes about her fears and dreams in a way that most girls her age can relate to. She wants a solo dress more than anything . She draws her own designs for a dress, notices other girls' dresses and daydreams about it every few minutes.
What I would have changed:
Even though I enjoyed Liffey's eccentricities, her daydreams and a few stray points of view switches gave me whiplash. She would obsess about her dress, launch into a lecture on the St. Louis Arch, and then on to her competition.
Liffey's character wavered inconsistently. She spoke of how she didn't mind that her father required her to have an escort at the hotel, and then give the escort the slip a few moments later. She
I couldn't relate well to Liffey. I felt pity for her that she was always left alone at competitions and had no mother to care for her.Read more ›
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Very cute book for the tweener-to-young-teen Irish Dance set! Great length, and a good mystery. Left me wanting to learn more about Liffey herself; thank goodness there are many... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kimberly Adams
I am an adult, but I really enjoyed reading this to my girls! I enjoy mysteries and this was just great. Since my daughters are Irish dancers it made it all the more appealing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carole L. Martin
Sorry for my guy name,but this books is very acceptable! Most Irish girl books I find these days are just AMERICAN girls having trouble fitting in. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by guesty
The Liffey Rivers book was thoroughly enjoyed by my 9 year-old daughter. She desperately wants to read more of them. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Richard Peters
We love the Liffey Rivers books. With my daughter being an Irish dancer, she is always so excited to read what adventure this fellow dancer will have and what mystery she will... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Cc
My 11-year old daughter loved this book. She's an Irish Step dancer who loves to read. She thought it was great and couldn't put it down!Published on January 8, 2013 by Victoria A. Provost