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Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

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Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

Grace Blakely is a walking disaster. No stranger to broken bones, concussions, and embarrassing situations, Grace knows her grandfather is worried about having her at the Embassy with him. But with no other place to go, Grace returns to the place of her childhood…and the painful memories that accompany it.

At Embassy Row, Grace is haunted by memories of her mother and her violent death, which Grace witnessed. Through the trauma of the event, everyone has written off what Grace saw as a side effect of watching her mother die. But Grace knows that a fire did not kill her mother. Her mother was murdered and now that she is back at Embassy Row there is nothing and no one who can stop her from finding the killer.

A brilliantly written novel of discovery and adventure.

Ally Carter has created a new, intriguing novel perfect for young adult readers who love the thrill and excitement of her previous novels. In ALL FALL DOWN, the story centers on Grace Blakely, an “army brat” with a tendency to get into trouble. Grace is very different from other characters Ally Carter has brought to life. She has a constant internal struggle that comes from her traumatizing past. While Grace wallows in self-pity for a small portion of the novel, she gets stronger as the story continues. She is brash and does not think before she acts, but she is loyal and the reader will love her impulsive and amusing personality.  Ally Carter also has a strong cast of supporting characters. From Russian boys to hackers to little German girls, everyone is somebody at Embassy Row.

ALL FALL DOWN is full of surprises. As Grace continues her search for the man responsible for her mother’s death, she begins uncovering secrets that could make the Embassy crumble. The end of the novel is not what anyone would expect, least of all Grace. With the promise of more intrigue to come, ALL FALL DOWN, the first novel in the Embassy Row series, is a brilliantly written novel of discovery and adventure.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member on March 11, 2015

Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down
by Ally Carter

  • Publication Date: January 27, 2015
  • Genres: Mystery, Young Adult 12+
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • ISBN-10: 0545654742
  • ISBN-13: 9780545654746