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Title:
All fall down
Author:
Carter, Ally.
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Edition:
First edition
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
310 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
There are many powerful people along Embassy Row who want Grace to block out all her unpretty thoughts. But Grace will not stop until she finds out who killed her mother and make the killer pay.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
HL 610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.3 10.0 172394.
ISBN:
9780545654746
Format :
Book

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Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:1. She is not crazy.2. Her mother was murdered.3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her -- so there's no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can't control Grace -- no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.


Author Notes

Ally Carter, bestselling author, was born Sarah Leigh Fogleman on January 1, 1974. She graduated from the Oklahoma State University and Cornell University.

Ally's first book, Cheating at Solitaire, was released in 2005 and tells the story of a famously single self-help guru who becomes very publicly linked to one of Hollywood's hottest up-and-coming male stars. Carter's first young-adult novel was I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (the first book in her Gallagher Girls Series). It is the story of a girl who goes to a prestigious spy school and what happens when she falls for a normal boy who has no idea who she really is. It was selected as a Texas Lone Star reading list book for 2007-2008. Other books in the Gallagher Girl Series are Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover, Only the Good Spy Young, Out of Sight, Out of Time, and United We Spy.

Ally's other novels include Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Best-selling Carter returns with a new series set on Embassy Row in the fictional country of Adria. Grace, the 16-year-old granddaughter of the U.S. ambassador, has yet to recover from her mother's shocking death, three years ago, which was deemed an accident. But Grace is certain she witnessed a scar-faced man shoot her mother, and she becomes convinced that he too is in Adria and that another kill is imminent. But is this the first time Grace has cried wolf? Like Carter's previous series, the first title in the Embassy Row series is action packed and meticulously plotted. Careful readers will suspect that Grace is indeed an unreliable narrator, but Carter nevertheless keeps readers guessing as to the true identity of the scar-faced man until the book's end. A supporting cast of other spunky teenage children of ambassadors brings levity to the darker turns in this thriller. Readers will be excited for the next book in the series, sure to be a hit with Carter's already sizable audience. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With two best-selling series under her belt, it's no surprise that Carter's new series opener is getting a major promotional campaign and hefty first print run.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Nobody believes that Grace saw a scarred man shoot her mother three years ago, insisting that she died in an accidental fire. Now, after being hospitalized and treated like she is "crazy," 16-year-old Grace is getting a fresh start with her grandfather, the American ambassador to a fictional European country called Adria. But when the troubled and impulsive teen sees the scarred man in Adria and overhears him threatening another murder, she and her Embassy Row friends-Rosie, a former gymnast; Megan, a genius and hacker; and loyal Noah-try to stop him from striking again. This first book in the Embassy Row series from Gallagher Girls author Carter has plenty of promise, including clever characters, an underground tunnel system, and Grace's hard-boiled narration ("whatever chance I had for normal disappeared three years ago"). The characters and setting are somewhat underdeveloped, and plotting can be farfetched, including Grace's admission that she never wondered why someone would kill her mother. Even so, Carter knows how to construct a gripping thriller, and she leaves enough unanswered questions to keep readers eager for the next book. Ages 12-up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Carter fans will not want to miss this series launch. Sixteen-year-old Grace Blakely is sent to live with her grandfather, a diplomat stationed in Adria. She is determined to solve the mystery of her mother's death three years prior. Despite what the evidence and witnesses prove, Grace is sure of one fact: her mother's killer is out there, and she is going to prove it. The story introduces many characters who do not hesitate to assist Grace with her covert plan, but many of these relationships are not fully developed, thus promising more to come. A subtle hint of romance between Grace and one of the male characters will encourage readers to anticipate the next book in the series. Eileen Stevens does an excellent job of portraying the stuffy character of Grace's grandfather, the ambassador, as well as the various prime ministers and their family members. Her characterization of Grace is well presented; at times, Grace appears brave and fearless-but not always VERDICT This mystery keep listeners intrigued and interested in Grace's future visits to Embassy Row.-Sheila Acosta, San Antonio Public Library © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.