(Advance Review Copy provide by NetGalley)
Due on shelves April 16, 2013
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
Cecilia has no rhythm, and not too many friends; but she has something special - a story. A story of a song that connects her to New Jersey's wild Pine Barrens as firmly as the roots of its Pygmy Pines and Atlantic Cedars. Everyone in Wares Grove knows the story of the song played by the forest on the night of Cecilia's birth. Only the story of the Pineland's most famous inhabitant, the Jersey Devil, is known more widely.
But two unexpected things occur as Cecilia's 12th birthday approaches. Cecilia's mother begins to doubt the song, and a young boy, a boy who has perhaps lost a song of his own, has arrived in the middle of the night under suspicious circumstances - and he's hiding out at Piney Pete's Pancake Palace.
A song, a secret, and the legendary tale of the Jersey Devil are entwined in this imaginative story of discovery set on the fringes of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, a natural wonder.
Find out who's Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace.
- a Kirkus, starred review book
Lest you think that the Pine Barrens is a made-up place, or that New Jersey is nothing more than exits off the Turnpike or Parkway, be assured that the Pine Barrens are in fact, one of the world's most interesting places. The Pinelands cover 1.1 million acres, or 22 percent of New Jersey's land area. (from the official NJ tourism site - see below)
Learn more about the Pine Barrens and other locations in Nan Marino's new book at these sites:
- Pinelands Preservation Alliance
- VisitNJ.org , the official tourism site of New Jersey
- Albert Music Hall
- Weird NJ (for information on The Jersey Devil, namesake of NJ's professional hockey team)
- New Jersey Historical Society (for more on the Leeds Devil)
If I didn't have a sore throat, this one would have been a podcast. Look for a podcast or video booktalk for Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace soon.