Title: Alice In Everville
Author: S.C. Langgle
Synopsis (via Goodreads): A poem can seem like a labyrinth, a maze of words you can lose yourself in. The key is to find a thread to hold on to, to guide you in your reading, to lead you into and out of a labyrinth of words… Alice Little thinks she’s read every word the world-famous poet Sylvie Plate published before her untimely death…until she discovers a coded message hidden in Sylvie’s final collection of poems--a message that may explain the poet’s mysterious demise. All she has to do is decipher the code and she knows she can convince her beloved English teacher, Miss A, that Sylvie’s message is real. Unfortunately, she only has one manic day at Everville Mall to do it. And between keeping track of her fountain-splashing, havoc-wreaking sister, finding a new copy of Sylvie’s poems, and…oh yeah…dealing with the blue-eyed, guitar-playing, majorly swoon-worthy Jaden Briar, who keeps popping up everywhere she goes, Alice wonders if she will ever finish deciphering in time.
Review (the short and sweet version): I decided to write this review "short and sweet" because I found nothing bad about it... I loved it! Alice In Everville was a cute, adventurous book that can get any reader intrigued from the first page. What's better than a hidden code within a book of poems? Alice was an intelligent, determined girl who, somehow, controlled her hyperactive sister even in the stickiest situations throughout the mall. For once, thank goodness, I read a young adult book that didn't involve an overload on romance. Sometimes that can get annoying, you know? A detective like Alice doesn't have time for boys anyway. Unless his name is Jaden Briar, but that's a whole other story. Or, it should be a whole other story. This was a great start for S.C. Langgle and I hope there are more Alice adventures just waiting to be written.
Author Bio: S.C. Langgle is a lifelong lover of words and stories who has never outgrown her preference for children’s and young adult literature. A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, S.C. is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She currently lives in Hollywood, California, only a block from Marilyn Monroe’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, though she spends more time at home with her computer than mingling with celebrities. Luckily, she has her two adorable dogs—a Chihuahua, Chin-Mae, and a maltipoo, Sasha—to keep her company, and she’d choose them over a gaggle of Hollywood stars any day.