About Libby Sternberg's
" Uncovering Sadie's Secrets"
Allow us to introduce Bianca Balducci, a normal fifteen-year-old
girl attending a co-ed parochial school in Baltimore, Maryland.
She worries about her hair, her clothes, her would-be boyfriend
Doug…And solving real-life mysteries?
That's right! Watch out Nancy Drew, Bianca is on the case
and this case revolves around Sadie Sinclair, the new girl
Bianca has gone out of her way to befriend, only to discover
that she's more than a little odd, and hiding something really
Did someone actually see Sadie, who's only fifteen, driving
a car? Why did she freak out at the idea of playing the lead
in the school play? And why is Sadie being stalked by a nefarious
duo of grown-ups?
To figure out what's causing Sadie's perpetual weirdness,
Bianca enlists the help of her private-eye sister Connie,
her best friend and planner extraordinaire Kerrie, and eventually
her boyfriend-in-waiting Doug.
Before too long, Bianca & Company realize that Sadie
is involved in something quite serious, and Bianca, unable
to contain her desire to know the truth, finds herself tangled
in more and more messes, with almost no time left for homework,
or for the dreamy Doug. Just before time runs out on helping
her new friend, Bianca finally uncovers Sadie's secrets, and,
in the process, learns a lesson or two that all do-gooder
sleuths would benefit from learning themselves.
Combining slapstick with intelligent wit, Uncovering Sadie's
Secrets is a delightful, thoroughly entertaining mystery that
pulls, grabs, and sticks while providing laugh-out-loud moments
and smiles throughout.
Author Libby Sternberg is a freelance writer whose social
and political commentary regularly airs on Vermont Public
Radio. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications,
including The Baltimore Sun, the Indianapolis Star, Insight,
and The Weekly Standard. She is the co-author of a book on
healthcare, and was a finalist in several novel-writing contests
in 2001 and 2002. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees
from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
A Baltimore native, she now lives in Rutland, Vermont, is
married, and has three children.
Uncovering Sadie's Secrets is her first published novel.
Hector's Hidden Talents, the next installment of her Bianca
Balducci mystery series, is due out in April 2004. Once again
on the trail of mystery and romance, Bianca ends up as Sadie's
lone champion and defender when she gets involved in a case
of art forgery at a local museum. In the process, Bianca is
pitted against her best friend, Kerrie, and makes some false
assumptions of her own about new boyfriend Doug. And, oh yeah
she has some really, really bad hair days. We're talking nuclear