This scene is one where Stanley’s right hand man and best pal, Arthur, is digging for information about the disappearance of some of the street kids in town. More about this will be revealed in Book 2.
Arthur tried to prevent his hands from trembling as he lit his cigarette. He wouldn’t show weakness to this pigeon. To anyone. Not even Stanley. But all of the info coming in reminded him of his pa and that night. That terrible night.
He breathed in the tobacco and blew out. The little kid watched him in awe.
Good, he thought. Exactly what I want.
“Look, kid, I need to know what’s going on. Tells me. Why all youse disappearing? What gives?”
The kid looked left and then right. He wiped his nose, glanced up at Arthur then down to the ground.
Fear, Arthur thought, I can almost smell it on him.
“Come on, cough it up, ya knob. Ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of.”
The kid looked up, tears coming out of his eyes. “That’s because you ain’t seen ‘em, Sir. You aint’ seen him. You don’t know.”
“Seen what? The coppers?”
The kid trembled and chewed on his frayed cuff. “Nah. Not the Coppers. I ain’t afraid o’ them.”
“The Raven’s guys?”
“Nah. Ain’t nothin’ more to fear from them than a bloody lip.”
Arthur chewed on his cigarette a little and said, “Listen, I’m gonna give you a bloody lip if you don’t spill.”
“Legion. They come for us. Out of the Shadows. And then we’re gone.”
“Gone? Gone where?” Arthur stuck his hands in his pockets.
“No one knows, sir, not really. But I heard them talk about an island. Bloody Island.”
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Stanley and Hazel by Jo Schaffer
Release Date: May 15, 2018
A great depression has gripped the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsy, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante in waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes.
When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice.
But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem “undesirable.” They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will.
As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.
Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at Patheos.com, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt.
She’s a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online.
Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is always spinning new ideas for books and sometimes she even gets around to blogging.
Jo is a mom of 3 strapping sons living in the beautiful mountains of Utah with a neurotic cat named Hero.