This note just in from our former A.I.R., Beth Kephart. Celebrate her new release! Woot!
Yesterday afternoon, the first copies of Dangerous Neighbors (Laura Geringer Books: Egmont USA), my twelfth book, made their way to my home. A story about twin sisters set against Centennial Philadelphia, this book was inspired both by my work on Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River and by my ongoing love affair with what I’ve always called “my” city.
Dangerous Neighbors takes readers into the world of 1876 Philadelphia—onto the Centennial grounds, onto the ice of the Schuylkill River, up the slopes of Laurel Hill, beneath the chandelier of the Academy of Music, through Rittenhouse Square, and down Walnut Street. It takes readers to Cape May at the height of clamming season and into worlds—Shantytown, Operti’s opera house, and the Colosseum—that no longer exist.
Momentum has been building, and early reviewers have been kind. Kirkus offered these words: “... A tender, quiet work of historical fiction...exquisitely crafted...as lovely in its imagery as it is tragic.” Ed Goldberg, meanwhile, in his five-star review for YA Books Central, wrote: “... Dangerous Neighbors is about more than feeling the loss of a sister. It is about sisters, especially twin sisters, and how they are a part of each other. It is about the inevitable maturing and ultimate growing apart of siblings. It is about the world in 1876 and one parent’s fight for equality. It is about having someone to care for and how that spark of caring can change everything.”
A brief excerpt from the book can be found here, at my newly revamped and expanded blog: http://beth-kephart.blogspot.
I look forward to sharing this book with you.
All my best,