The Girl Is Murder

Kathryn Miller Haines

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Iris Anderson is only fifteen, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.
 
It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war with a missing leg, limiting his ability to do the physically grueling part of his detective work. Iris is dying to help, especially when she discovers that one of Pop's cases involves a boy at her school. Now, instead of sitting at home watching Deanna Durbin movies, Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.

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The Girl Is Murder
CHAPTER1September 1942
 POP'S LEG WAS ACROSS THE ROOM when I came downstairs. I didn't ask him how it got there. Its location made it clear that the prosthetic had been hurled at some point, with enough force to bring down the photo of Mama that used to sit on the Philco radio."Morning, Pop," I said as I came into the room just off the parlor that he used as an office. He flashed me an index finger and pointed at the telephone receiver cradled against his ear. I got it; he was busy. He was always busy. This was how it was with him and me; he tried to be a private detective,

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The Girl is Murder, written by Kathryn Miller Haines, tells the story of Iris Anderson, a 15 year old girl, who moves to a new neighborhood of New York City, and discovers she's got a knack for the private eye biz. Iris is sneaking out of the house, double crossing her friends, and dancing at the Savoy till all hours of the night. There's certainly never a dull moment in the private eye business.

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“Adult mystery author Haines’s YA debut is a meticulously crafted slow burn. . . . Haines writes gracefully, immersing readers in Iris’s perceptive thoughts, suffering, and transformation. Nuanced relationships and a social climate shadowed by ethnic tension and war result in a compelling reflection on a complex era.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“. . . the compelling characters, superb setting, and myriad twists and turns will keep readers intrigued till the very end.”—School Library Journal
 
“Take a powder, Nancy Drew. 1940s girl sleuth Iris Anderson is on the case. A stylish, slang-filled teen noir that is as entertaining as it is absorbing.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“What makes this such a standout is the cast. Sounding like they’re right out of the 1940s (well, a 1940’s movie, anyway), the characters, young and old, pop off the pages. Iris, intriguing and infuriating, captures the tension inherent in the teenage years, no matter what the decade. This joint is jumping.”—Booklist, Starred Review
 
“Iris’ story has considerable crossover appeal, enticing both mystery lovers and historical fiction fans, with a cunningly devised plot and a cast of period-specific characters. . . .”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Kathryn Miller Haines

Kathryn Miller Haines is an actor, mystery writer, and award-winning playwright. She lives in Western Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and their three dogs. The author of the popular Rosie Winter mystery series, this is her first novel for young adults. Visit her at kathrynmillerhaines.com.

The Girl Is Trouble, the sequel to The Girl Is Murder, will be available from Roaring Brook Press in July 2012.

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Kathryn Miller Haines

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Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250006394
ISBN10: 1250006392
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$10.99

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Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
July 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596436091
ISBN10: 1596436093
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: HL700LL

$16.99

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Roaring Brook Press
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429966610
ISBN10: 1429966610
Young Adult Fiction352 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$7.84
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