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Good Graces Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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"For all the praise garnered for Whistling in the Dark, Good Graces more than lives up to its predecessor."
--School Library Journal

"Good Graces is filled with sensitivity and wit." 
--Shepherd Express

"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

"Moving, funny, and full of unexpected delights, this is one sequel that just might be even better than the original gem. Kagen crafts a gorgeous pageturner about love, loss and loyalty, all told in the sparkling voices of two extraordinary sisters."
--Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Bestselling author of Pictures of You

"A beautifully woven story...You will weep for and cheer on the O'Malley sisters...[and] immediately miss them once the last page is turned."
--Heather Gudenkauf, author of These Things HiddenThe Weight of Silence

Praise for New York Times bestseller Whistling in the Dark, winner of the Midwest Choice Award for fiction and named a "Hot Summer Read" by the Chicago Tribune:

"Bittersweet and beautifully rendered, Whistling in the Dark, is the story of two young sisters and a summer jam-packed with disillusionment and discovery. These girls triumph. So does Kagen. Don't miss it."
-Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

"A sophisticated charmer of a first novel. Sally's voice...is innocently wise and ultimately captivating."
-The Milwaukee Journal

"Kagen sharply depicts the vulnerability of children of any era. Sally...makes an enchanting protagonist."
-Publishers Weekly

"The plot is a humdinger...a certifiable grade-A summer read."
-The Capital Times

From the Author

Dear Reader,

When I sent my debut novel, Whistling in the Dark, out into the world four years ago, I kept my fingers crossed that readers would connect with my two little girls stumbling through a bygone era.  To my astonishment, and profound gratitude, readers not only seemed to enjoy the story, they clamored for more!

Of course, I was thrilled by their enthusiastic response, but when I sat down to tackle Good Graces it was with more than a little trepidation. I'd never written a sequel before, and so much time had passed. Would I be able to recapture the characters' voices, the feel of the block?  I couldn't have been more surprised when I fell back into the O'Malley sisters lived so easily.  I suspect it's because I grew up on the west side of Milwaukee during the 1950's in a neighborhood very similar to the one where the stories are set.  The lingo of those days, the clothing, the movies and music, it's a part of me.  My history.

I'm often asked if it's difficult to tell a story through the eyes of a young narrator.  Not really.  Children's language may be less developed, their perceptions immature, but we share something vital that makes it easy for me to connect with them.  Emotional cores. Hopefully, without the armor of adulthood getting in the way, the kid in me can connect with the kid in you so we can get down to the nitty-gritty of life...our feelings.

I hope you enjoy reading about the further adventures of the O'Malley sisters, and their friends and neighbors on Vliet Street, as much as I enjoyed writing about them again.  It felt good to be home.

Warmest wishes,

Lesley
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Staab on September 2, 2011
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I had so much fun reading this novel that I never wanted to put it down, and never did. The pacing pulled me along (one more chapter--then I'll eat. Another, then I'll go to bed.) Even if you didn't read Whistling In The Dark (but you should because it's great), Good Graces will pull you into the world of the intrepid O'Malley sisters in 1959 Milwaukee. The themes in the story are delicious and Kagen pokes at the ugly truths everyone conveniently hid back then. The O'Malley girls have spirit, loyalty, self-assurance, daring, and a completely engaging view of the world. These characters will stay with me for a long time. Kagen has a genius for presenting the world through Sally O'Malley's watchful eyes, past color and handicaps. And did I mention the twists? Great twists!! Don't even think twice before you read this wonderful novel.
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By E. Woods on September 2, 2011
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If you thought Whistling in the Dark was fabulous, you are in for an even bigger and better treat with Good Graces. Although I was a little worried about picking up a sequel, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Kagen's timeless ability to tell a story through the eyes of a young narrator, witty humor, and beautiful imagery makes this sequel a "do not miss" hit of the season!

Although I am not a big online reviewer, I find myself compelled to write something everytime one of Lesley Kagen's books graces the "shelves." This time was no different!
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Although Lesley Kagen provides the readers of "Good Graces" the background to her storyline in dibs and dabbles, once all the pieces come together the story provides a most unusual and interesting mystery. Two young sisters, bound by one's death bed promise to her father that she will always take care of her younger sister, and one who blames herself for the Father's death, struggle to grow up and find their way in a family full of secrets with a narcissist for a mother and a neighborhood full of wonderfully unique characters. A cat burglar is on the prowl and things aren't always what they seem. Kagen does an excellent job of tapping into the emotional fragility of these two young girls with very different ways of approaching their delicate trauma filled lives. I hope that Kagen returns to their story in some future books. She makes readers truly care about the sisters, their neighbors and friends, and want to know what their future holds beyond this amazing unforgettable summer. I highly recommend this book to all readers!
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This sequel to Whistling in the Dark shows us Sally and Troo O'Malley a year after we last met them. Both girls are still coping with their father's death and their close call the previous August, though in different ways -- Sally is quiet and overprotective of Troo, while Troo is sassy and constantly acting out.

In addition, the girls' mother has moved the family in with Detective Dave Rasmussen, who has recently been revealed to be Sally's biological father. Troo is furious, both because the information makes her and her beloved sister only half related, but because Dave is tramping over her daddy's memory.

This summer, the big mystery in the neighborhood is the cat burglar, who is stealing valuables from area families every week. Although there is much speculation, no one knows for certain who the culprit could be -- until Troo and Sally stumble upon the truth, with possibly deadly consequences.

While this sequel is an enjoyable read, there is quite a bit of reiteration from the previous book. Recapping some of the things that happened before is great for those who either didn't read the other book or else forgot the details, but Kagan tends to rehash to the point where it seems lazy, as though she is just trying to fill a second book without bothering to come up with a new story. This takes away from the quality of the book somewhat.
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About two thirds of the way through, I found myself not wanting to have to leave the neighborhood. I started allowing myself only a few pages at a time, kind of like a reward. I didn't want it to end, I didn't want to leave Sally (I related more to her than Troo), I wanted to stay in 1960 Milwaukee! I hope I can go back with a third book.
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The O'Malley sisters were developed in "Whistling in the Dark". In "Good Graces", the girls are a year older and just as active and likely to get into mischief. Unfortunately, the story is slow and not developed very well. About half way through, everything just falls apart. Around 300 pages Ms. Kagen seemed to decide the book was long enough, so she stopped. Seriously, she just brought it to an end.
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Might I say again to Lesley Kagen that she is my number 1 author of all time and I only hope that ewhen I've finished all of the books that she has written so far, shenwill have more for me to read. I'm a reader but never have I enjoyed reading so much. I only hope that I might meet her one day to thank her personally for the pleasure she has given me with her books. Her writing is amazing and her subject matter incredibly enjoyable. Thank you so very much Lesley Kagen.
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I am really puzzled by all of the high ratings for this book. I loved the first book "Whistling in the Dark" but this sequel seemed like a chore to read. The first half just dragged, and I was never invested in any of the concurrent stories that were happening, with the possible exception of Ethel, the caretaker. I read through to the end and it did pick up, if you can call children inadvertently causing an act of violence and then covering it up and then going merrily about their business a pick up of pace. I found it utterly unrealistic and lacking the charm that the first book displayed. I was really looking forward to this sequel, and was very disappointed. I did enjoy the accurate period details, and still found Sally endearing and Troo charming. This, of course, is just my opinion, and I am glad so many people received so much enjoyment from this book.
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