Cutting Loose by Michael Z. Lewin

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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.

About Michael Z. Lewin

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Michael Z. Lewin is the award-winning author of ten adult detective novels. He always seeks new challenges, and when he realized that Jackie's story was about a young woman coming of age, he set out to write his first book specifically for younger readers. Born in the United States, he now resides in England.
Published September 15, 1999 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 528 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a vivid trip through 19th-century America, the novel concludes in and around the music halls of London, where Jackie’s past and present converge.

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While much of Claudette's story seems out of place in a children's book (her sexual relationships, her inability to love her only son), fans of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart will find a kindred spirit in Jackie.

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