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“Shep Harrington is an engagingly human hero and lonesome Song is a rich read.”

“Young readers will admire Chloe. Her story is funny, pathetic, and engrossing.”

—Bob Cullen, author


Suicide or Murder?

Starred Review!

lonesome Song A Shep Harrington Smalltown Mystery

Elliott Light

Lonesome Song, set in a small Virginia town, is a fast-paced read rife with surprises. It sports some engaging characters, notably wry sleuth narrator Shep Harrington, a fair-play plot, and smart dialogue. Author Elliott Light knows his turf.” thE viRGinian-Pilot (Bill RuEhlmann)

“You will like this unlikely hero and this intriguing small-town mystery.” BookviEws (alan caRuBa)

“The setting and characters are small-town America, and the plot is circu- itous enough to keep Shep thoroughly occupied and the reader thoroughly engrossed.” coziEs, caPERs & cRimEs

“Populated with unique characters, a compelling mystery, and an intrigu- ing plot that kept me in suspense right to the end, Lonesome Song is quite a delightful book! I look forward to reading a lot more of these in the years to come.” lEwis PERduE, authoR oF thE acclaimEd mystERy-thRillER daughTer oF god and thE GuidEBook CounTry innS oF maryland, irginia & WeST irginia

Matthew Olshan

“Set in a thoroughly modern context, this inven- tive, affectionate homage to Mark Twain’s classic about Huck Finn clearly illustrates that prejudice still affects human understanding, behavior, and language. Olshan’s creative prose shines. Teens who have read Twain’s book will appreci- ate Olshan’s direct references and parallels; those who haven’t will like the action and the heroine’s resourcefulness. Certain to invite both thought and discussion.”

  • Booklist, staRREd REviEw

“While creating modules of instruction for English I teachers, I discovered this novel, and immediately included it as the core text for our Journeys unit. It will draw readers into Chloe’s journey in such an engaging way that students will be able to make many comparisons not only to Huck’s legendary journey but also to other his- torical and personal journeys. In addition, the episodic style will capture reluctant readers in ways that foster further independent reading.” dR. JanEt allEn, Educational consultant

“The spirited, resourceful, observant, and witty Chloe is a heroine who will keep readers engaged and interested.” —alan REviEw

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