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Author: Michael Z. Lewin
ISBN: 0805062254
Language: English
Pages: 528 pages
Category: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Editiion edition (September 15, 1999)
Rating: 4.6
Formats: lrf lrf lit mobi
FB2 size: 1345 kb | EPUB size: 1418 kb | DJVU size: 1684 kb
Sub: Kids

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers Just what was this young woman to you? . From Publishers Weekly. Although Lewin, award-winning writer of detective fiction, claims that his first book for young readers is a "coming of age story," his sprawling thriller draws more on the conventions of the adult historical saga than those of the YA novel. He starts off with a bang: in 1895 New York, 20-year-old Jackie Cross promises her best friend, Nance, who is on her deathbed, that she'll get back the locket stolen from her by her attacker, the knife-throwing showman Teddy Zeph.

Michael Zinn Lewin (born 1942, Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American writer of mystery fiction perhaps best known for his series about Albert Samson, a distinctly low-keyed.

Michael Zinn Lewin (born 1942, Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American writer of mystery fiction perhaps best known for his series about Albert Samson, a distinctly low-keyed, non-hardboiled private detective who plies his trade in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lewin himself grew up in Indianapolis, but after graduating from Harvard and living for a few years in New York City, has lived in England for the last 40 years.

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Book Overview Just what was this young woman to you?"

CUTTING LOOSE is a Big book. There’s a lot of good stuff in this, wrote Michael Z. Lewin while sitting in his office

CUTTING LOOSE is a Big book. Lotsa pages and two story strands – one in 1895 and one leading from 1826 to 1895 when the stories come together. The 1895 strand concerns the efforts of Jackie, a twenty year-old American girl, to avenge the murder of her best friend. Lewin while sitting in his office.

But when Nance is murdered by a knife-thrower who does know Jackie's secret, the young ballplayer takes off on a transatlantic chase that changes her life. Set on two continents, in three different time-periods, with a fascinating cast of characters including Buffalo Bill Cody, Jack the Ripper, and a musical star named Ruby the Red who has still another hidden life, Cutting Loose is a multi-layered page-turner filled with insights and surprises.

1999) A novel by Michael Z Lewin. Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Used availability for Michael Z Lewin's Cutting Loose.

The derring-do climax fails to ignite, for this is a book in which the journey surpasses the destination, but overall Lewin produces a grand adventure that readers won't soon forget. No one is who she or he seems to be, not the gender-bending heroine Jackie who spends most of her life as Jack so she can play baseball; not her best friend, Nance, a black performer who passes as white, and who dies of a stab wound in the opening pages.

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Lt. Leroy Powder, Indianapolis PD, investigates a series of gruesome murders and the disappearance of a teenage girl. He's just awoken from an office doze when a new client walks in.

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"Show some respect, young man...Just what was this young woman to you?" Jackie looked into the nurse's pinkface. "Nance was the best friend I ever had," she said. "The only friend I ever had."Jackie is Jack Cross to everyone except Nance, a Wild West show trick shooter in turn-of-the-century New York who has her own secrets to hide. A slick-fielding second baseman with a good bat, Jackie must never drop her disguise if she is to continue to play professional baseball. But when Nance is murdered by a knife-thrower who does know Jackie's secret, the young ballplayer takes off on a transatlantic chase that changes her life.Set on two continents, in three different time-periods, with a fascinating cast of characters including Buffalo Bill Cody, Jack the Ripper, and a musical star named Ruby the Red who has still another hidden life, Cutting Loose is a multi-layered page-turner filled with insights and surprises.
Comments (5)
Marad
The action-packed thriller is a master-peice! It combines history, baseball, and murder into a melting pot of profound and insightful literature. It follows the life of a young woman, Jaqueline, or Jacky. She dresses up as a boy so that the other kids let her play baseball. But when her famous baseball playing father is murdered in cold blood by a fellow team mate she sts out to avente her faqthers death, and of course, play baseball. However, at ten is not about to let her wander around the country unattended. So she is shipped off to a farm in the midwest. There, she meets her best freind, Mattie. Tired of the opressive farm life the two escape to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Happiness is short lived, however. Mattie is murdered by the knife act. Now Jacky must avenge two murders: Mattie's and her father's. From the Pruple Mountain's Majesty of the Rockey Mountains, to the sweeping Great Plains, to the gothic streets of New York, to the dark, dank sewers of London, where in the shadows, a killer waits. And at every possible place, baseball. This books is a roller-coaster ride of excitement! I loved it, and I guarentee that you will, too!
Fek
The enjoyment of Lewin's first historical novel should not be reserved for adolescents. Within his two-continent, three-generational panorama, the intermingled tales of Jacky and her grandmother make compelling reading for adults. In plot and setting, the novel gives us Lewin the storyteller at his most expansive. To control such a large canvas, he limits the point of view to that of his naïve protagonists. For that reason, the cast of characters may lack depth, but the breadth is impressive. In a world of harsh cruelty and unexpected kindness, Jacky's success based on fortitude and personal integrity contrasts effectively with her grandmother's darker story. Cutting Loose reveals Lewin's versatility and scope. You don't need to be young to find it fascinating.
Beazerdred
This book is fast-paced and extremely interesting. It is well written and the characters are very well developed. Jackie, the main character is a professional baseball player who dresses as a man so she can play. She is on the search for her best and only friend's murderer, however a professional detective is sure that Jackie is the murderer and sets off in pursuit of her. There is another story woven into the story as well. I would reccomend this book to mature middle school students.
Nirn
Just a quick note: Homocide books and baseball aren't my thing-- I've never even seen a baseball game-- but this book is compelling! Check it out!
Manazar
Can't say enough good things. We didn't want to put it down.

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