Dani Noir

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 22, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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If this were a movie, you'd open to the first page of this book and be transported to a whole other world. Everything would be in black and white, except maybe for the girl in pink polka-dot tights, and this really great music would start to swell in the background. All of a sudden, you wouldn't be able to help it -- you'd be a part of the story, you'd be totally sucked in. You'd be in this place, filled with big lies, mysterious secrets, and a tween girl turned sleuth....

Zoom in on thirteen-year-old Dani Callanzano. It's the summer before eighth grade, and Dani is stuck in her nothing-ever-happens town with only her favorite noir mysteries at the Little Art movie theater to keep her company.

But one day, a real-life mystery begins to unravel -- at the Little Art! And it all has something to do with a girl in polka-dot tights.... Armed with a vivid imagination, a flair for the dramatic, and her knowledge of all things Rita Hayworth, Dani sets out to solve the mystery, and she learns more about herself than she ever though she could.
 

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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

I liked Dani's passion for old movies and old movie stars as well as her flair for the dramatic. She is dealing with issues, growing and changing but refreshingly lacking in the heavy angst of teen novels. Read full review

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User Review  - abbylibrarian - LibraryThing

Thirteen-year-old Dani has an awful summer ahead of her. Not only is she dealing with her parents' divorce, but her best friend has moved away and isn't calling her. The only good thing about this ... Read full review

Contents

What Would Rita Hayworth
7
But Moms Not Exactly Ingrid Bergman
29
The Femme Fatale Take One
47
Whats in BlackandWhite
71
The Pie in the Sky
86
Some Things You Might Not Know
101
Glue Poisoning
121
Secret at the Seesaws
146
Seeing Spots
181
Dont Trust the Tomato Soup
194
Master Detective
205
You Call This a Midnight Movie?
214
The Femme Fatale Take Two
224
Not You Too Rita Hayworth
236
Why Hello Lana Turner
251
Acknowledgments
265

Blaekmailed
170

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About the author (2009)

Nova Ren Suma was a fellow in fiction with the New York Foundation for the Arts and received an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. She is the author of Imaginary Girls and she lives in New York. Find out more at novaren.com or follow her on Twitter at @novaren.

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