Strings Attached

By Judy Blundell
(Scholastic Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780545221276, 320pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring 2011 Kids' Next List
“Teen runaway Kit has a job as a chorus girl at a nightclub, but not much else. She is approached by her ex-boyfriend's father, who may or may not have Mafia ties, and he asks her to do him a little favor. In exchange, he'll set her up in an apartment and get her a better job. No strings attached ... right? This stylish and chilling story which has everything going for it will keep teen readers hooked.”
-- Jennifer Laughran, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY


Description

From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, a lethal tale of love, mystery, and the Mob.

When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army.

The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help--and then it comes, from an unexpected source.

Nate Benedict is Billy's father. He's also a lawyer involved in the mob. He makes Kit a deal--he'll give her an apartment and introduce her to a new crowd. All she has to do is keep him informed about Billy . . . and maybe do him a favor every now and then.

As she did in her National Book Award-winning What I Saw and How I Lied, Judy Blundell traps readers in a web of love, deceit, intrigue, and murder. The result? One stunner of a novel.




About the Author

Judy Blundell's WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED is the 2008 winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. As Jude Watson, she is the author of several titles in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series as well as the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.




Praise For Strings Attached

Praise for Strings Attached:

* "National Book Award–winner Blundell delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "National Book Award–winner Blundell successfully constructs a complex web of intrigue" - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Blundell is a master of the literary slow build, and her emotive yet sober style is reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald's in The Great Gatsby." - LA Times

"Evoking the glamour, grit, and gusto of the era, Blundell has produced a compelling narrative with well-crafted characters who bring different ambitions, fears, and memories toward tragic collisions." - School Library Journal

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