It’s time for #6degrees, inspired by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. We all start at the same place, add six books, and see where we end up. This month’s starting point is Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, which won the 2020 Booker Prize.
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (2005) naturally follows as my sixth. It is the first in a middle-grade mystery series, set in a rural town I assume is in Massachusetts. Thirteen-year-old Ingrid is a surprisingly normal heroine/sleuth who plays soccer, is interested in drama, has braces, and solves mysteries the local police cannot. This is a good series for junior crime readers, although I think by the time I was 13 I was reading Agatha Christie, weren’t you?See how I linked Glasgow’s slums to murder in rural Massachusetts, with a stop in the Lake District to visit Beatrix Potter along the way! Have you read any of these? Kate says that in honor of the wonderful Beverly Cleary (who has gone to the great library in the sky), we’ll begin next month’s chain (May 1, 2021) with Beezus and Ramona.