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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Blundell Narrator: Emma Galvin Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545328593
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From National Book Award winner Judy Blundell, the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl caught in a mix of love, mystery, Broadway glamour, and Mob retribution in 1950 New York.



FORMAT: 5 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: TBA

Kit Corrigan has always dreamed of being a star. But in order to get there, she needs to break up with Billy, who's going to Korea, and leave her family behind in Providence, RI, to move to New York City. She finds small roles, and a hard city to live in. She finds out that she's made a deal with Billy's father, Nate (a lawyer who defends mobsters), and has to do what he asks of her. And she finds a mystery that she needs to solve in order to protect the people she loves.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “National Book Award–winner Blundell delivers a brilliantly conceived novel set against the backdrop of the 1950 Kefauver mob hearings and the Red Scare with a story of redemption and truth at its core.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “National Book Award–winner Blundell successfully constructs a complex web of intrigue.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Blundell is a master of the literary slow build, and her emotive yet sober style is reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s in The Great Gatsby.

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Evoking the glamour, grit, and gusto of the era, Blundell has produced a compelling narrative with well-crafted characters who bring different ambitions, fears, and memories toward tragic collisions.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Judy Blundell follows her 2008 National Book Award winner, What I Saw and How I Lied, with an intense young-adult mystery cut from the same midcentury-noir cloth but, if possible, even more intricately stitched.”

    Washington Post

  • One of 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • Selected for the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Wolicki Librarian | 2/20/2014

    " Much love for Judy Blundell's completely unique YA noir style. This time our heroine, in NYC trying to make a name for herself as a dancer, has to decide if she should get ahead with the help of her ex-boyfriend's gangster-affiliated father, and what to do about her past. Fifteen kinds of awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/17/2014

    " This book is about a young, stunning, innocent girl with dreams of show business who gets tangled up with the mob. Despite the fact that the book was a tad slow in places, overall it was an engaging, exciting read. I could totally see this book being turned into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yasmeens | 1/17/2014

    " AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though it was a little confusing because there was different storys but it all came together in the end!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME BOOK(ONCE AGAIN) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Petro-Roy | 12/30/2013

    " I LOVED this one. Judy Blundell is a master at creating atmosphere. I really felt as if I was in 1950s New York City with Kit, striving to become a Broadway dancer, desperately trying to extricate myself from the ties of skeevy Nate Benedict. Beautifully written and highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha Tsau | 12/23/2013

    " Really, not that great. Just picked it randomly off the shelf and found that it was trying to be a mystery/drama novel, but couldn't pull it off. Wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamika | 11/28/2013

    " This book was a GREAT mystery set back in the 1940's-1950's. A recommend if you're into this type of book. The only thing I wish I could have gotten was some more background on the main characters family, and not just the ones that were important to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karlan | 11/25/2013

    " Kit,a 17 year old girl from RI, goes to NYC hoping to start a dancing and singing career. Her violent boyfriend Billy joins the army during the Korean War, and his father helps Kit by giving her an apt to use while she gets settled. His help comes with strings as she learns that his rumored mob connections are true. The story is gripping and the picture of NYC in the 50s interesting. A film next? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catrina | 11/6/2013

    " Wow. Just wow. I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning, but I loved it in the end. Blundell truly is a master at voice and writing historical fiction. It was gritty, it was noir and I felt like I was in the 50's. A really compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/19/2012

    " I loved the story of the Broadway hopeful and the glimpse of her life as a performer. The mix of romance, family tension and organized crime connections made it even more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 7/1/2012

    " I loved the time setting of this book and the old Broadway dancers and trying to make it big in NY. It was a good, clean crime novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 5/6/2012

    " This book was pretty uninteresting. The main girl was dull and I wanted to shake some sense into her several times. Was there a point to this book? No. It ended and what did I learn? Mobsters are jerks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Panella | 3/31/2012

    " I am a fan of Blundell's What I Saw and How I Lied and Strings Attached has solidified my love for this author. Wonderful historical detail and a very dark and heartfelt story. Highly recommend the audio! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/10/2011

    " I think I liked this book because of the setting. New York!! Which I am a little obsessed with right now and it's a Historical Fiction which is my favorite genre.. So add the mob, lies, deceit and murder. Makes a fun quick read.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/11/2011

    " A well written, different take on the usual mobster fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie Salmon | 5/24/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, there was so much to all the characters and I felt I could really identify with Kit. And the twists in this book? Really did surprise me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena | 5/24/2011

    " This is a great book, very much like a noir 1940s film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 5/23/2011

    " This book was not what I had expected, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It was actually pretty good. I liked that I couldn't guess the plot immidiately and that there were several surprises. It kept the book new and interesting, which is unlike many other books I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/15/2011

    " I haven't encountered a lot of YA set in the 1950s, and I really enjoyed this one. Dark and mysterious and legitimately surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/10/2011

    " Disappointing. Story really went no where. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 5/7/2011

    " I really thing this book will appeal more to adults than young adults. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/5/2011

    " She is good, I felt like I was there. I will now read her first book, What I Saw and How I Lied. Its coming of age, but in my opinion it goes beyond teen appeal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2011

    " This book is amazing. Beautifully written, with well-developed characters and a gripping storyline. I literally couldn't this book down - I needed to know how it ended. Judy Blundell is a fantastic writer, and now I have finished this book, I need to read every other book she has ever written. "

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About the Author
Author Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell is the National Book Award–winning author of  What I Saw and How I Lied. As Jude Watson, she is the author of several titles in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series, as well as the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.

About the Narrator

Emma Galvin won the 2011 Audie Award for best fiction narration, was a finalist for the Audie Award in 2012, and won six AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, her film appearances include My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has performed in several regional theater productions, including Love Punky, The Power of Birds, and The Realm.