"A fast-paced thrill ride of a book, filled with great characters, swashbuckling action sequences, secret passageways, mystery, and plenty of humor. It’s Batman meets Annie. " —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series
New York Times best-selling author Ally Carter’s middle grade debut is full of mystery, mayhem, and friendship, and it will keep you guessing until the very end.
April had absolutely no intention of becoming the only person who knows that Gabriel Winterborne, the missing-and-presumed-dead billionaire, is actually living in the basement of Winterborne House, sharpening his swords and looking for vengeance. Now it’s up to April to keep him alive. But there’s only so much a twelve-year-old girl can do, so April must turn to the other orphans for help. Together, they’ll have to unravel the riddle of a missing heir and a creepy legend, and find a secret key, before the only home they’ve ever known is lost to them forever.
Early Praise for Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor:
"[F]ast moving and surprise-filled, guaranteed to have readers racing on to the next deliciously gothic complication." —Kirkus
"In her middle grade debut, Carter (Not If I Save You First) offers up mystery, intrigue, and swashbuckling action in a rollicking story of long-lost secrets and found family." —Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced thrill ride of a book, filled with great characters, swashbuckling action sequences, secret passageways, mystery, and plenty of humor. It’s Batman meets Annie. My daughter devoured it in one sitting and immediately begged for more. I can’t come up with any better praise than that." —Stuart Gibbs, New York Times bestselling author of the Spy School series
"This is the kind of read that makes your soul sit up straight. At once a heart-wrenching tale of found family and a thrilling, atmospheric mystery that keeps you guessing at every page, Ally Carter's middle grade debut is a triumph. I loved April's character down to the barb wire wrapped around her heart, and I cheered for her journey and the extraordinary bravery required to open up to other people."
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of Aru Shah and the End of Time
“An unputdownable blend of humor, unique characters, and a mystery that’ll keep readers turning pages way past their bedtimes--and checking their basements... just in case.” —Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of Prosper Redding
Praise for Not if I Save You First:
“Maddie's grit, humor, and cleverness make her an engaging action hero. Fans of survivalist fiction will be impressed by the well-researched, immersive Alaskan landscape and all its beauty and brutality. A tightly plotted thriller helmed by a firecracker that never loses her spark.” –Kirkus Reviews
“In this tense romantic thriller from Carter…the characters are dynamic and engaging. The teens’ childhood friendship evolves into a sweet romance, and the fast-paced thrills will keep readers up late.”—Publishers Weekly
“The chemistry and relationship buildup between these two friends is real and believable. The quick pace and witty dialogue will keep teens engaged. Recommended where survival and mystery stories are popular and where Carter has a following.”—School Library Journal
Praise for All Fall Down (Embassy Row Book One):
A New York Times Bestseller
"Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller." —Publishers Weekly
"Action packed and meticulously plotted, All Fall Down keeps readers guessing." —Booklist
"With its intrigue and clever plot twists, this series opener will leave readers hungering for more." —School Library Journal
"Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics, and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense." —Kirkus Reviews
"Grace is a fighter, and she will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her mother. Readers will love this first book in what promises to be an exciting, thrilling mystery series." —Voice of Youth Advocates
"An amazing book." —The Guardian
Honors and Awards
2011 Texas Lone Star Reasing List (Heist Society)
2010 YALSA Teens Top Ten Book (Heist Society)
North Carolina Book Award Booklist, 2010-2011 (Heist Society)
Teens Top 10 Finalist, 2010 (Heist Society)
Romance Writers’ of America Rita Award Finalist, 2010 (Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover)
Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Winner (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Winner (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
Amelia Bloomer Book Award (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
Kansas Notable book (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
Texas Lone Star Reading List (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
Georgia Peach Book Award Runner-Up (I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You)
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