Stone and Spark (The Young Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #1)

Stone and Spark (The Young Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #1)[Download] ➽ Stone and Spark (The Young Raleigh Harmon Mysteries, #1) By Sibella Giorello – Fifteen year old Raleigh Harmon finally conuers her worst fear—by trespassing—and can't wait to tell her best friend a smart mouthed physics genius girl named Drew Levinson Only Drew’s gone Re Fifteen year old Raleigh Harmon finally conuers her worst fear—by trespassing—and can't wait to tell her Stone and Epub / best friend a smart mouthed physics genius girl named Drew Levinson Only Drew’s gone Really gone Everybody says Drew ran away But that only skyrockets Raleigh’s suspicions Drew Levinson is the least impulsive person she knowsArmed with her rock hammer an encyclopedic knowledge of city criminal codes and a stubborn streak wide as the Chesapeake Bay Raleigh scours her hometown for clues But not even the cops are on her side 
Was Drew meeting somebody in secret Escaping her loony parents Or is Raleigh’s hunch dead on her best friend didn’t choose to leaveStone and Spark is the first book in the Raleigh Harmon mystery series introducing the girl who will become a forensic geologist and FBI agent—provided she survives the high school years. Just finished this book for the second time and it was just as enjoyable I stand by everything I said in my first reviewLOVED Sibella hits the mark once again with this preuel to her awesome Raleigh Harmon series In Stone and Spark Raleigh is fifteen and just starting to get into geology It was so neat to follow her at this age and nod my head at some of the familiar people and landmarks I know will play an important role in the adult books It feels like Sibella was truly free in her writing of SP like she got the chance to truly write the story of her heart as it shows on the page The depth grit and suspense we've come to love from her pen is here in spades I looked forward to every moment I spent reading this one and was sorely disappointed when it ended More please If I could award this book than five stars I would It kept me glued to the pages all day I was not surprised though since I am truly a fan of this gifted author and her intrepid heroine Raleigh Harmon It was a uniue treat to be able to join fifteen year old Raleigh on one of her first big mysteries even while five of her grown up sagas reside on my bookshelf She is such a real person to methe writing is that goodWhere do I begin in reviewing the book? I need to tell you that I had to go back and reread the last three chapters to make sure I got the seuence of events The first time I read it the angst was so gripping and the fear was so realthe suspense was really killing me I was reading way too fast just to make sure that Raleigh was going to be okay The whole book unfolds in typical Sibella Giorello style though There are all the subplots of Raleigh's relationship with her dad Raleigh's relationship with her mother and then the new relationship she is just beginning with the interesting DeMott Feilding The only one that was new to me was the biggest one of this book probablyher friendship with Drew who has a whole passel of problems of her own Conflict plays a huge part in these books and I think that's what makes them interesting and haunting Raleigh lives with a lot of sadness and a lot of knowledge beyond her years Even as a teen she is already telling us there is no such thing as luck She is already speaking with the voice she will use in the five great books yet to comeIt might not be everyone's cup of tea but I loved this book so much It satisfied that craving of waiting so long for another Raleigh Harmon book to be produced I really look forward to in the future Now that I have met the young Raleigh I think I will revisit my bookshelf and enjoy those grown up mysteries one at a timeThank you Sibella for giving us yet another fine story to enjoy It was totally worth the wait 🎁 FREE on today 3182019 🎁 Could Not Put This Down Raleigh's frustration and anger with her professor Teddy's seemingly reluctant help with the search parallels her ambivalent relationship with God The red herrings are plentiful I was completely surprised with the ending Excellent thought provoking mystery This is a great preuel to the Raleigh Harmon series It gives background to Raleigh that helps understand her All Raleigh Harmon fans need to read this one Stone and Spark is a six star book I pushed myself to finish this book mainly because I couldn't stand not knowing how it would end On a general rating I might give this three stars because it held my attention and there were some great moments throughout but because of content and lack of Spiritual content I was pretty disappointed by this book What I didn't like There were at least a half a dozen profanities of God's name Guys that's not okay at all Several uses of one swear word as well as a couple other euphemisms that just aren't nice Not okay There were a couple moments of prayer and one scene at church that was actually really good but at the same time it felt so lacking I don't know it felt like Raleigh should have learned a lot things from the whole experience It would have been a big boost for the story Raleigh does a lot of lying and going behind her parents Once again not very encouraging for teenagers who want to do what's right Even at the end she didn't seem extremely bothered that she lied especially because her wrong actions end so well There are a couple other reasons why I would be hesitant to hand this book to someone There are a couple conversations about a rape pretty non detailed and a couple scenes of worldly lifestyles that once again made it seem like a general fiction bookI did like Raleigh pretty well and DeMott was a nice fellow except it was strange he would consider spending so much time with a brat from school when he seemed so clean cutAll in all I wouldn't recommend this book but I do like the authors style of writing I doubt I'll be reading by her in the future or not I really enjoy these Harmon mysteries This is my second but this one differs from the first in that this is about when Raleigh is just a teen Even so I found myself pulled into the story and it was just as hard to put down as the first one I read The Stones Cry Out The writing is so insightful For example when Raleigh has a conversation with a fellow classmate Tinsley whom she distrusts for good reason she describes her this way I notice her skinnot a blemish I decide evil had to look this good or else we would immediately recognize it It reminded me of something I read in Proverbs that very dayRaleigh has a thing for geology and uses that to put the pieces together to solve the mystery of her missing bestfriend You would of course expect there to be some talk about rocks and soils One of the clues is about an unpronounceable kind of rock called Petersburg Batholith This is how it is defined ' Typically a homogenous pluton but subdivides into four distinct units Granite gneiss foliated granite megacrystic granite porphorytic grand and suidiomorphic granite' Our young detective Raleigh then says Geology definitions like all the adjectives are beating up the nouns A clever way to describe such a glunk of wordsThe author has a lot of perceptive and witty phrases throughout the book She is able to balance serious matters while throwing in funny stuff without diminishing the integrity of the story or making it flippant It all works togetherAnother two thumbs up for this author Raleigh Harmon is a fifteen year old high schooler who doesn’t have friends – except for her best friend Drew Levinson The two girls bonded a few years back because they share the same brainy intelligence and similar family issues When Drew goes missing Raleigh has a difficult time getting anyone to consider that Drew has been abducted – including Drew’s dysfunctional parents Will Raleigh be able to solve Drew’s disappearance before it’s too late?I enjoyed this book on many levels I love books that place girls in strong intelligent roles and this one definitely does this Although there were slight romantic undertones they never took over the bulk of the book The characters are genuine and realistic The author’s writing is witty intelligent and engaging All of these things combined make a compelling and highly appealing YA bookThe one thing I would say is that the book seemed to drag a little bit here and there – particularly early on in the story However when things did get going they moved along nicely There’s plenty of mystery and suspense to keep readers interested until the end Overall I’d say Stone and Spark is a wonderful book for teens and adults It’s a great way to get a feel for the author’s writing and the rest of the books in this series Recommended5 of 5 Stars Susan Barton I've read nearly all of Sibella Giorello's books in her Raleigh Harmon mystery series The stories are intense and packed with descriptive geological information Not long ago I discovered Giorello had written three preuel novels to the series with Raleigh as a teenaged amateur detective So I ordered Stone and Spark and settled in for what I thought would be a uick and enjoyable storyWhen you pick up a book that's geared toward a young adult audience you have certain expectations Especially if you are familiar with the high octane thrillers written for adults Less intense action a simpler plot and a lighter toneWow was I wrong Young Raleigh is just as passionate and intent on solving cases and seeking justice as grown up Raleigh And when her best friend goes missing Raleigh leaves no stone unturnedliterally Sprinkled throughout Stone and Spark are elements typical of life as a teen mean girls crushes poor judgment and a dysfunctional home lifeBut the case is just as intense the geological forensics just as authentic and the heroine detective just as determined to find answers Top notch writing and good luck trying to figure it out before Raleigh does