The Last Good Place of Lily Odilonby Sara Beitia
"We have to get to her first…" Abducted? Runaway? Murder victim? Lily Odilonlocal wild child from a middle-of-nowhere townhas vanished after spending the night with her boyfriend, new kid Albert Morales. Suspected in her disappearance, Albert sets out with Lily’s prickly younger sister, Olivia, to discover what really happened to Lilyand to keep the promise he made to her late one night. ***
"A journey well worth taking." Publishers Weekly
"In this debut suspense novel, teens search for elusive truths about Lily's family in their small Idaho town. With a chapter structure reminiscent of Paul Fleischman's Whirligig (Holt, 1998), the novel requires readers to piece together complete pictures of the characters in three divergent story lines in order to gain a full understanding of their plight." School Library Journal
"This debut novel boasts a strong narrative drive, deft scene setting, and isn't bad at delivering catch-your-breath suspense, either." Booklist
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The Last Good Place of Lily Odilon
By Sara Beitia
Flux PulishersCopyright © 2010 Sara Beitia
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Chapter One7:45 p.m.
Albert Morales sits on the curb with his head down between his knees, trying to breathe. He waits for his heart to stop pounding so they can get moving again. Olivia Odilon is nearby, just across the street—a slim shadow concealed by the dark arch of a restaurant entryway right next to an empty newsstand. Albert looks up briefly and sees her eyes across the way, two shining chips of glass reflecting the harsh glow of the streetlight. Albert doesn't really believe in God but he prays anyway, in a sweaty ecstasy of desperation, that he won't have a full-on asthma attack. Now that he needs it, the inhaler he uses on very rare occasions is several hundred miles back, sitting on top of his dresser along with, as he recalls, his only necktie, the MP3 player he'd received for Christmas, about three dollars in change, and a snapshot of his girlfriend Lily. Lily, who also happens to be long gone.
No point thinking about that.
After a moment he tries a tentative breath, then, finding that he can, he pulls another one down into his lungs, exhaling gratefully and taking in another deep drink of air.
It's difficult, but he pushes the panic he's feeling out of his mind, instead concentrating completely on catching his breath. He can hear Olivia's feet scraping impatiently at the pavement like a restless animal. He lifts his arm and raises a finger to let her know he just needs another moment.
Albert opens his eyes and sees a small something between his sneakers in the gutter. Without thinking, he reaches down to grab whatever it is, and comes up with a damp matchbox in his fingers. He shakes it. Empty. On one side is a tiny picture of woman wearing a sly smile and not much else; Albert flips the box over and sees that it comes from a place called the Alibi in a city called New Salisbury.
"Whatcha got there?"
He looks up and sees that Olivia has crossed the street and now stands in front of him. He tosses the empty matchbox up and she catches it between her hands. "From some bar or strip club, I guess."
She reads the thing, then laughs softly. "Wish we had an alibi right now?"
He stands, not answering. "I think I'm okay now. Let's go."
The two of them set out again, down the deserted street on their way to Lily.
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Meet the Author
Sara Beitia (Caldwell, ID) has worked as a staff writer and arts editor for the Boise Weekly, an independent alternative newspaper. The Last Good Place of Lily Odilonis her debut YA novel. Visit Sara online at www.sarabeitia.com.
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