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After her best friend vanishes, 17-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth. But when her investigation leads to the corruption strangling 1920s Chicago---and back to her own affluent neighborhood---she must decide how deep she's willing to dig. Will she risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth? 352 pages, hardcover from Blink.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Blink
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.4 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0310758386
ISBN-13: 9780310758389
Ages: 13-17

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When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no surprise that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s abduction from their privileged neighborhood.

As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

Perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, Stephanie Morrill’s atmospheric jazz-age mystery will take readers from the glitzy homes of the elite to the dark underbelly of 1920s Chicago.

Author Bio

Stephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband and three kids. She is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft Into a Published Book, and the Ellie Sweet series. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, GoTeenWriters.com. To connect with Stephanie and read samples of her books, check out StephanieMorrill.com.

 

Editorial Reviews

“The Lost Girl of Astor Street boasts a strong, smart, and courageous heroine, a note-perfect Jazz-Age Chicago setting, and a terrifically engaging plot that kept me reading into the middle of the night.” Jennifer Robson, international bestselling author of Moonlight Over Paris
“Downton Abbey in downtown Chicago---a must read!” Allison Rushby, author of The Heiresses
“Step back to a more glamorous time with the captivating story of Piper Sail, a sassy young woman with a penchant for finding trouble. As a mystery unfolds, you’ll be turning the pages and cheering on a heroine you won’t forget.” Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Can’t Let You Go and the Katie Parker Production series
“Thoroughly engaging. Fast paced, filled with vivid details, and featuring a delightful heroine, it was a joy to read. It’s a keeper, for sure.” New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray
“In this engaging mystery, the dilemma of a teenager trying to find her place in the middle of drastic societal change is nicely blended with intrigue in the vivid setting of 1924 Chicago. Will likely be hard to keep on the shelf.” VOYA Magazine
“Morrill invites us on a wild ride through teen eyes down the crime-ridden, mob-infested streets of Chicago in the 1920s. Laden with mystery and laced with romance, this intriguing, who-done-it read is a testament to friendship, courage and first love that you won’t soon forget!” Betsy St. Amant, author of All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes and Love Arrives in Pieces
“An engrossing mystery that takes readers into the jazz clubs, illicit speakeasies, and gangster neighborhoods of 1920s Chicago in a search for a missing girl. The intrigue, romance, and glamorous Roaring Twenties setting will draw readers in.” Jill Williamson, award-winning author of By Darkness Hid and Captives
“A vivid picture of 1920s Chicago with strong, relatable characters and their intriguing relationships. You won’t be able to stop wondering what will happen next as the clever heroine works to solve the mystery of The Lost Girl of Astor Street.” Melanie Dickerson, author of The Golden Braid and The Beautiful Pretender
“Combining the fascinating setting of the Roaring Twenties with a smart, savvy heroine, Morrill has hit the perfect note with this captivating story.” RT Reviews, 4 Stars
“Here’s hoping this won’t be the last case for this strong and admirable female sleuth to solve. A…well-crafted historical whodunit.” Kirkus Reviews
In The Lost Girl of Astor Street, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail’s best friend, Lydia, goes missing. Piper is determined to find out what happened to her friend. Piper has a number of suspects; was it the chauffeur on whom Lydia had a crush? Or how about the creepy father of the little boy she was the nanny for? Could it have been Lydia’s own father who didn’t want the secret of her epilepsy to get out and ruin his practice? And let’s not forget that 1924 Chicago is run by the opposing mafias, Irish and Italian, whom Piper’s father represents as a criminal defense attorney. Was Lydia even the original target? Piper is going to solve this case and bring justice for her friend, no matter what the cost. (5 star review by Christina Boswell) On the back cover of this book, one author says, “If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, you’d end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street.” I cannot think of a more accurate description. Piper is very similar to Veronica Mars, who happens to be one of my favorites, so I very much enjoyed this book. Piper is easy to connect with as a young woman who can’t just sit around and do nothing while her best friend is missing, and she struggles to conform to society’s ideals. Ms. Morrill did a wonderful job of making great characters, of thoroughly researching the setting, and of still writing a worthwhile mystery. I personally loved that there was nothing inappropriate, no foul language, and no sex scenes. Just a good old-fashioned mystery that is a fun read. If you like Veronica Mars, you will enjoy this book, just like I did.
“A story that has it all---mystery, the mafia, and a heroine you can’t help but root for. If Veronica Mars met the Roaring Twenties, you’d end up with The Lost Girl of Astor Street!” Roseanna M. White, author of The Lost Heiress
“Piper Sail is a character I’d follow to the ends of the earth---she had me from the very first page. With its smart, savvy heroine and moody Jazz-Age setting, Stephanie Morrill has penned a winner from start to finish.” Bestselling author Hillary Manton Lodge
“A historical mystery full of heart and brimming with the vibrant atmosphere of 1920s Chicago. The moment I finished I was ready to flip it over and begin again.” Shannon Dittemore, author of the Angel Eyes trilogy
“Spunky Piper Sail is more interested in investigating her best friend’s death than in society’s expectations for a young woman in 1924. She’s curious, intelligent and gutsy … Reminiscent of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart series in all the best ways!” Maureen Doyle McQuerry, award-winning author of The Peculiars and the Time Out of Time duet: The Telling Stone and Beyond the Door
“Witty and compelling, The Girl of Astor Street is as thick with romance as it is with evolving mysteries. Piper Sail is a 1920s heroine to root for … A truly fresh and engaging story that not only kept me guessing until the very end, but that left me with a satisfied sigh for more please!” Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of The Lady and the Lionheart
“A fast-paced mystery that sparkles with the sights and sounds of 1920s Chicago. The strong characters and setting drew me in, and the twists and turns kept me hooked until the end.” Renee Collins, author of Until We Meet Again
“A well-plotted mystery with plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.” Publishers Weekly
“Enjoyable…mystery with a twist for inquisitive readers.” School Library Journal

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  1. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Lost Girl of Astor Street
    April 14, 2017
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Chicago, Illinois on May 12, 1924, is where The Lost Girl of Astor Street begins. Two eighteen year old girls, Piper and Lydia have been best friends since childhood. Lydia has a secretive mysterious illness and suddenly disappears. Piper is determined to solve the mystery of where her best friend has gone. She finally convinces a detective, Mariano, to help her. This adventure takes her on a journey she never imagined.

    I liked The Lost of Astor Street. The mystery and suspense was good at times and I did not feel the story was predictable. There were some parts of the book that I felt were rather slow but it picked back up to where I did not want to put it down. I was completely taken off guard of how it all ended. I felt like the ending had a cliffhanger and hope this is only the beginning of the series.

    I would give this book four stars and recommend it.

    I received this book from the author and was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion
  2. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in the 1920s
    April 10, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Nancy Drew meets Veronica Mars in this astounding Young Adult Mystery that can certainly be enjoyed by readers who have passed their teen years.

    Love the mix of historical (roaring twenties in Chicago) and mystery. And I'm actually surprising myself by saying I also loved the first person, present tense point of view which is usually my least favourite POV. But it works here, catapulting the reader into Piper's heart and mind as she navigates a complicated web of intrigue and secrets.

    I love her spunk! And her fierce loyalty and dogged determination. She just doesn't quit, much to the exasperation (and reluctant admiration) of a certain young police detective. But Piper's stubbornness leads to danger as she exposes secrets and follows clues that lead her into the seedy side of town. And if the heart-stopping suspense doesn't keep you frantically turning pages, the sweet romance certainly will. Praying this is the first of many cases for this new, intrepid female detective.
  3. Lucy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Debut Written like a Pro!
    February 7, 2017
    Lucy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is action-packed. I read it in one day, which used to be normal for me but is now a bit of a rare occasion. First of all, this book takes place in the roaring 20s in Chicago. That alone has me intrigued. It features an girl who strains against the constraints of the expectations for woman at that time. While clich, I didnt mind it.

    As usual, Stephanie Morrill succeeded to draw me in with her excellent writing and enticing characters.This was Stephanie Morrills first attempt at historical fiction and mystery and I think she did wonderfully. The fast-paced plot kept me guessing until the very end. Each character was so complex and the world around them felt very real.

    I loved the exploration of the various mafias and the dark underbelly of a beloved American city. I think that, at least for me, mafias are rarely explored in YA and this definitely made the story stand out among the many books Ive read.

    The romance in this was very sweet and very shippable. While it seemed strange that two of the major female characters both had two men keen on them, I am glad it didnt turn into a full blown love triangle.

    This story was so twisty and every time I thought I knew how it would end Stephanie Morrill would throw a curveball my way. The relationships were all so complex, and you never really knew who to trust. Stephanie Morrill was born to write this kind of story and that showed in the complexity and originality of her story and her concise lyrical prose. She definitely knew what she was doing and I cant wait to see what she does next.

    CONTENT GUIDE

    Sexual kissing, mentions of prostitutes, brothels, and affairs. Innuendos.

    Cussing implied, once or twice (ex. he muttered an expletive)

    Violence violence death, psychologically messed up person

    Drinking/drugs some mild drinking
  4. EmilyAnne28
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great YA Mystery
    February 7, 2017
    EmilyAnne28
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Piper and Lydia have been best friends for yearsattending the same schools, living next door to each other, talking about their crushes, and sharing their secrets. But when Lydia disappears, Piper is determined to do whatever it takes to find her and bring her home safely. Piper has several suspects in mind, but that handsome detective doesnt want her to help him search. Of course, when it concerns her best friends life, Piper isnt willing to let anyone or anything stop her.

    Its been a while since Ive read a YA mystery, something about speculative fiction and romance being the top subdivisions in that genre. But The Lost Girl of Astor Street is one of the best. From the blossoming romance to the rich historical background, Stephanie Morrills newest book is truly fantastic. It kept me guessing the whole time, taking a number of unexpected turns. It dropped clues the entire time, but I could not decipher what they meant until the very end. The internal growth that Piper underwent throughout the story changed her from a girl to a woman, able to contemplate and understand the complexity of humanity much better. The setting, of Chicago in the 1920s, was very well developed, adding enough detail to put the reader directly into the time period without losing them to the differing customs and jargon. Pipers romance was very sweet, with all of the normal ups and downs, and the other relationships in the story, both romantic and non-romantic, were also portrayed will with great development.

    The story became a little slow in the middle, right after one of those dramatic plot twists. I wasnt sure where the story would go from that point forward, but the author did a good job of pulling me back in with the new hints and unsolved mysteries.

    I recommend The Lost Girl of Astor Street to readers of YA, mystery, sweet romance, and historical fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are entirely my own.
  5. aschae92
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must-read
    February 6, 2017
    aschae92
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    Q: What do you get when you mix a strong female protagonist, the Roaring 20s, and the Chicago mafia scene?

    A: The Lost Girl of Astor Street, a story that will immerse you in the world of Piper Sail as she tries to solve the mystery of what happened to her best friend. Hold onto your cloche its a wild ride.

    The 1920s are fascinating. Flappers, jazz, speakeasies, and the likes of Al Capone all color this time period. And thats where youll find Piper Sail, a tenacious eighteen-year-old determined to find answers to all of the secrets swirling around her.

    Stephanie Morrill brings Pipers world to life through vivid description and a keen eye for historical detail. The story grabs you and wont let go, but the setting of 1924 Chicago both the glamorous and the gritty is enough to keep you reading. Even the dialogue is reflective of the time period.

    The characters are unique and well-developed, and the plot will keep you guessing as you try to solve the mystery alongside Piper.

    Lost Girl gives readers a perfect blend of suspense, humor, and romance throughout the story, which is realistic yet doesnt include any iffy language or content.

    Im a big fan of all of Morrills books, but she outdoes herself with this one. Its become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it. I hope this isnt the last we hear from Piper Sail!
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