by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Series: South Hills Sidekicks #1
Publication date: February 11th 2012
Genre: Humorous YA Chick-Lit
When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.
On the trolley Val started to look a little squeamish. Dropping her hands on either side of the seat to grab onto it for dear life, she groaned, “I think I’m getting trolley sick.” Looking paler by the second, she leaned forward in obvious discomfort.
“I can’t believe I let you guys talk me into this.” She winced.
“What?” Kayla and I laughed. “We talked you into this?”
“Like heck we did,” Libby added hotly, and then stole a suspicious glance at a guy nearby.
“You’re the one who came to me with the scary story of being stalked.” She aimed the first glare at me. “What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t try to fix it for you?”
“I thought we were doing this for Kirsten?” I reminded her as the trolley dipped underground, the skyscrapers above.
“Her too.” She gulped. “I’m a really good friend.”
“Does this mean we can turn around now?” Libby sounded hopeful as the trolley turned the bend and Steel Plaza came into view.
“You guys could learn a thing or two from me, you know,” she insisted.
“Yeah, like let the cops do the investigating.” I smirked.
About the authors
Leah Spiegel and Megan Summers
Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.
We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.
If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.
If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.
Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.