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"A...spot on sequel to her bestselling debut, Whistling in the Dark. Kagen does a remarkable job of balancing the goofiness of being an eleven-year-old with the sinister plot points, creating a suspenseful yarn that still retains an air of genuine innocence. Readers who enjoyed the first story are in for a treat."
"For all the praise garnered for Whistling in the Dark, Good Graces more than lives up to its predecessor. Teens...will be enchanted by Sally O'Malley."
—School Library Journal
"Moving, funny, and full of unexpected delights, this is one sequel that just might be even better than the original gem. Kagen crafts a gorgeous pageturner about love, loss and loyalty, all told in the sparkling voices of two extraordinary sisters."
—Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You
"A beautifully woven story...You will weep for and cheer on the O'Malley sisters... and immediately miss them once the last page is turned."
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and These Hidden Things
"Sequels are frequently a disappointment. Not so with Lesley Kagen's follow up to Whistling in the Dark. Whether you are revisiting the O'Malley sisters or meeting them for the first time, you will not be disappointed."
"Spend happy hours following the O'Malley sisters through the sweltering summer of 1960 on Milwaukee's West Side. This humorous, passionate novel of childhood is full of evocative local detail and the lives of wild, smart children."
"Good Graces deftly dwells in '60's Milwaukee. Through her preteen narrator, Sally O'Malley, she (Kagen) evokes the joys, sorrows and complexities of growing up..."
—The Milwaukee Journal
"Good Graces is filled with sensitivity and wit."
"In Good Graces the mix of light and dark is rendered with honesty, wit and savvy."
—The Morton Report