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The Vanishing Stair: (Truly Devious Novel)

By: Maureen Johnson

Stevie’s willing to do anything to get back to Ellingham, be back with her friends, and solve the Truly Devious case. Even if it means making a deal with the despicable Senator Edward King. And when Stevie finally returns, she also returns to David: the guy she kissed, the guy who lied about his identity—Edward King’s son. But larger issues are at play. Where did Hayes’s murderer hide away to? What’s the meaning of the riddle Albert Ellingham left behind? And what, exactly, is at stake in the Truly Devious affair? The Ellingham case isn’t just a piece of history—it’s a live wire into the present. The path to truth has more twists and turns than Stevie can imagine, and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for.

ISBN: 9780062338082

JLG Release: Mar 2019


Series: Truly Devious
Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , High schools , Boarding schools , Vermont , The 1920s , Amateur investigations , Conspiracies , US senators

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Awards & Honors

2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
CPL Best Books - 2019

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine

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In this absorbing continuation of Truly Devious (rev. 1/18), amateur gumshoe and anxiety sufferer Stevie Bell is still trying—from afar, her parents having removed her from Ellingham Academy at the end of the first book—to solve both the eighty-year-old cold case at Ellingham and the recent murder of one of her classmates. (While Johnson In this absorbing continuation of Truly Devious (rev. 1/18), amateur gumshoe and anxiety sufferer Stevie Bell is still trying—from afar, her parents having removed her from Ellingham Academy at the end of the first book—to solve both the eighty-year-old cold case at Ellingham and the recent murder of one of her classmates. (While Johnson skillfully weaves in critical plot points from Truly Devious, this is a true sequel, so reading the previous book is highly recommended.) After being returned to the Ellingham campus by a surprising ally, Stevie continues her investigation, focusing on the mysterious contents of an old tea tin she discovered in the room of a potential suspect. As the pieces of the past puzzle slowly come together, Stevie finds herself overwhelmed in the present when a shocking tragedy occurs—concluding book two. Johnson judiciously doles out some satisfying partial answers to the historical case while (presumably) saving the big reveals for the next installment. This fulfilling second volume will gratify serious mystery fans; and many readers will enjoy seeing themselves reflected in Stevie’s diverse and eccentric group of friends.

Book Details

ISBN

9780062338082

First Release

March 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

384

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 13;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 670L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Katherine Tegen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, High schools, Boarding schools, Vermont, The 1920s, Amateur investigations, Conspiracies, US senators,

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