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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lesley Kagen Narrator: Lesley Kagen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Whistling in the Dark Series Release Date:
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Whistling in the Dark captivated readers with the story of ten-year-old Sally O’Malley and her sister, Troo, during Milwaukee’s summer of 1959. The novel became a New York Times bestseller and was named a Midwest Honor Award winner. In Good Graces, it’s one year later, and a heat wave has everyone in the close-knit Milwaukee neighborhood on edge. None more so than Sally O’Malley, who remains deeply traumatized by the sudden death of her daddy and her near escape from a murderer and molester the previous summer.

Although outwardly she and her sister, Troo, are more secure, Sally’s confidence in her own judgment and much of her faith have been whittled away. When a series of disquieting events unfold in the neighborhood, such as a string of home burglaries, the escape from reform school of a nemesis, and the mysterious disappearance of an orphan—crimes that may involve the increasingly rebellious Troo—Sally is called upon to rise above her inner demons. She made a deathbed promise to her daddy to keep Troo safe, a promise she can’t break, even if her life depends on it. But when events reach a crisis point, will Sally have the courage and discernment to make the right choices? Or will her false assumptions lead her and those she loves into danger once again? 

Lesley Kagen’s gift for imbuing her child narrators with compelling authenticity shines as never before in Good Graces, a novel told with sensitivity, wit, and warmth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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 page-turner about love, loss, and loyalty, all told in the sparkling voices of two extraordinary sisters.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[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.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For all the praise garnered for Whistling in the DarkGood Graces more than lives up to its predecessor. Teens…will be enchanted by Sally O’Malley.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Planton | 2/19/2014

    " The story of Troo and Sally O'Malley continues. Their neighborhood has a series of burglaries, someone the girls has crossed paths withs has escaped from reform school and an orphan has disappeared. Once again the girls find themselves on the loose trying to avoid trouble. A good followup novel that deals with the issues of racism, friendships, differences and sisterly love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynn Jenkins | 2/18/2014

    " It was a nice story, about the midwest and growing up in Milwaukee. I broke out in laughter several times during this book; very enjoyable. I liked this author's earlier book quite a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrey | 2/7/2014

    " The O'Malley sisters bring their irreverent sense of fun once more to crime solving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terri | 12/27/2013

    " While well-written, funny and endearing, I'm surprised that I didn't enjoy this book as much as its predecessor, Whistling in the Dark (which I loved). The characters are well drawn for the most part (how can you not love Dave Rasmussen and Ethel?) and it follows an Atonement-like pattern in that it's told from the perspective of a child who doesn't understand what is really going on. The end is just strange and didn't pull the plot together very well. But overall, a sweet story and I probably will pick up another Lesley Kagen read at some point. "

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About the Author
Author Lesley Kagen

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, and restaurateur, as well as the author of multiple national bestselling novels. Whistling in the Dark was a Midwest Choice Honor winner. Land of a Hundred Wonders, an Indie Next pick, was also nominated for a Midwest Choice Award. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.