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Marooned in Manhattan
New York City. Evie Brooks had seen it on the TV, but suddenly finds herself leaving her home in Dublin and moving to Manhattan to her American uncle Scott, after the death of her mother.
Never owned a pet more substantial than a goldfish, Evie is intrigued by Scott's NYC veterinary practice, and before long, Evie is working as an assistant in the clinic. Between the pets, their owners, Scott and his lawyer girlfriend, the Summer quickly becomes a whirlwind of change and activity!
And then Evie has to make a huge choice: will she stay in New York, or return to live in Ireland with her godmother, Janet?
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loved how Agnew didn't just focus on the kids and Evie's story but developed the adults really well too ... Marooned in Manhattan is a great introduction to Evie and her fresh, unique voice and is a fabulous debut from Sheila Agnew whom I am eager to hear more from -- whatdanielledidnext.com such a fun read ... fresh, witty and filled with wonderful characters, it's definitely made the list of my favourite middle-grade contemporaries ... I was enthralled by Evie's development throughout the novel and how she handled the situations thrown at her -- whatdanielledidnext.com written in a lively, engaging style that quickly grabs the reader's interest ... a great achievement and an enjoyable read ... expect to hear a lot more about Sheila Agnew in the future -- TheSwallowsNest.net the complex emotions that Evie feels are well described and the book compels you to keep reading to find out her choice -- Parents in Touch a great way for a 10+ year old to discover New York City ... speckled with humour throughout ... an incredibly moving story and a real page-turner' -- LoveReading4Kids.co.uk screams fun and tween ... fun and packs a punch ... the story is superb -- TeacherMoloneyKing.com a very lively read ... Evie is a very likeable central character, sharp, funny, thoroughly convincing ... the surprise twist sprung on us by the author in the last chapter will make the wait for book two in this new series even harder -- BooksforKeeps.co.uk the teenage voice in the story is spot on ... should very much appeal to the younger teen readers -- Irish Examiner a charming, sweet and at times, moving book -- Irish Independent a hit -- Sunday World such a cute story about keeping true to yourself and allowing yourself to feel after loss, Evie Brooks Marooned in Manhattan is a must read for any middle grader who wants a laugh and maybe a bit of a cry! ... The author has successfully managed to blend serious issues in with humour ... I will definitely be reading the next instalment, especially as this one ended on a bit of a cliffhanger! -- Readaraptor Sheila Agnew (a well-travelled ex-lawyer) mixes detail - who ate which delicacy from which deli - with an unexpected riveting denouement. After all the place-setting and boy-ogling, the book turns into a persuasive action thriller when Evie outflanks the evil lawyer who is trying to repatriate her -- The Observer beautifully written this atmospheric book really captures the spirit of Manhattan, as a book designed for young people it is inspiring, absorbing and a great read! Highly Recommended! -- Hot Brands, Cool Places writ this book has it all - drama, action and humour -- The Sun a sweet and touching story ... captures the feel of New York very well ... Evie herself is a captivating character, believable in her grief and very sympathetic ... definitely worth reading ... an intriguing ending which seems to suggest a sequel is a real possibility. If so, I'll certainly be picking it up! -- thebookbag.co.uk fresh ... great ... excellent book for teenage girls and under -- writing.ie addictive ... a fast paced adventure featuring some darker themes without ever becoming bleak ... perfect for the 9 plus age group. Fans of Sarah Webb's Amy Green series will wolf this down -- Lisareadsbooks.blogspot.ie amazing -- RTE 2's Elev8 I couldn't put 'Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan' down. What an ending! I need to read the sequel now -- Nayu's Reading Corner what a gem of a story! Marooned in Manhattan is told with heart and warmth that expresses what it really feels like to be a young girl thrust into a difficult situation; having to proceed in a life where the ground has been dragged out from under your feet. Moving, but not overly sentimental, this story is fast-paced and packed with action. It is told with real feeling, humour and wonderful characters.. Evie shines as she faces her new reality with trepidation, yet determination. Relationships and situations are carefully and realistically crafted within the context of the story, yet never gets overburdened with unnecessary detail. And there is a real cliff-hanger at the very end. Fortunately, the next Evie Brooks book is out in September! A really enjoyable summer read! -- Fallen Star Stories a thought-provoking read for 10+ -- blackbirdpie.co.uk loved this book! It was such a sweet uplifting read ... what I loved about Evie is that she was just normal teen ... it's just real life. I would really recommend this to anyone who likes contemporary YA especially young readers (10 yrs and up). I'm certainly looking forward to reading about Evie's adventures again in the future -- Go Book Yourself a warm and heartfelt novel that manages to be both funny and serious ... readers will easily identify with Evie ... a witty novel for preteens -- Inis the stand-out aspect of this book ... is how Agnew presents Evie's grieving process ... I would recommend this book ... especially to any animal lovers, and encourage them to begin this series that is set to be as exciting yet thoughtful as this first book has proved to be -- The Looking Glass lively and engaging ... Agnew's protagonist is refreshingly quirky and not the stereotypical portrayal ... a promising start for new writer Sheila Agnew -- Books Ireland perfect for adolescent girls embarking on their own life journey -- Book Angel Utopia a fun, vivacious book with an adorable main character ... witty ... has an authentic young person's voice at all times and there is plenty of everyday drama to keep the pace flowing nicely ... handles the emotional aspect of the storyline very nicely; you do get drawn in and feel huge empathy for Evie. But don't think this is a downbeat book, it's not. Evie is all about living her life and the book pulsates with her youth and energy -- betweenmylines.com lively, genuinely funny stories ... entertaining throughout ... the character of Evie herself is the outstanding feature of these stories ... excellent opportunities for class discussion and written work -- School Librarian Magazine amiable and entertaining ... a very down-to-earth story ... Evie is someone with whom young readers will find it easy to relate -- TheSwallowsNest.net