Central Park Showdown
Written by Sheila Agnew
Part of the Evie Brooks Series
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A warm-hearted new adventure for Evie, star of Marooned in Manhattan. Having moved from Ireland, Evie is now settling in well into her life in New York City where she lives with her uncle Scott who is a vet. Not making a fool of herself at school is Evie’s biggest headache – or so she thinks – until her father suddenly turns up. Can he really get custody of her this time? And is that what she wants? Evie loves her uncle Scott and the vet practice. And she’s busy with friends and even- possibly – a boyfriend. Where does her father fit into all of this? Evie tells her own story in the convincing voice of a teenager.
A Piece of Passion from editor Helen Carr I came on board as editor for Sheila Agnew’s second book in the ‘Evie Brooks’ series, Central Park Showdown. I was a real fan of her first book, Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan, so I was delighted to get the chance to work with her, and I wasn’t disappointed. The ‘Evie Brooks’ books do so many things well. First, there’s the exciting side of Evie’s life with her Uncle Scott, a New York vet; she explores Manhattan, makes new friends and helps out at his veterinary clinic (where Sheila has great fun inventing the weird and wonderful clients – both animal and human). But as well as the fun storylines, the books deal with more difficult themes – Evie has moved to New York from Dublin, Ireland, after the death of her mother; just as she begins to settle down with Scott, her father turns up and she becomes embroiled in a custody battle. I think Sheila handles these ups and downs with real sensitivity and lightness, and in Evie she has created such a sparky and credible heroine that working on the books is a real pleasure. I look forward to working on more!
Central Park Showdown by Sheila Agnew
The second book in the Evie Brooks series.
With the arrival of her father from Australia, Evie's life is thrown into turmoil. Not only has she to contend with a new woman in Scott's life, but now she has to face the prospect of a custody battle between her uncle and her father. Evie really wants to stay with Scott and, in true Evie style, is determined to stand up for herself - by firing her lawyer! Her father's lawyer is prepared to play dirty, and Evie is devastated when Scott is falsely accused of beating her. Can Evie's friends rally and convince her father to withdraw his application for custody?
Praise for Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan
'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
About the Author
Interest Age: From 10
More books by Sheila Agnew
O'Brien Press Ltd
1st September 2014
O'Brien Press Ltd is an imprint of O'Brien
The O'Brien Press is Ireland's leading general publisher of both adult and children's books. Our list covers a huge range, including biography, humour, photography, history, art, fiction, politics, cookery, sport, music, memoir, true crime and travel and we are constantly expanding into new and exciting areas.
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