Around Again Author:Suzanne Strempek Shea I heard Pal in my head: "Word of a good deed travels far. Word of a bad deed even farther." And, apparently, even travels off into the future. Years ahead, still remembered with fascination. Like how my father used to slow down the car back in Illinois when we'd get near the former home of the guy who left his wife and baby to run off with the n... more »un who taught him in ninth grade. It still trans?xed us.... Now I was living in one of those kinds of houses, a destination point for those continuing to hand Lucy's story down through the generations. Vehicles braking as they approached the cement letters spelling out PANEK. Drivers narrating: "Right there -- that was the home of a crazy girl...."
When Robyn Panek is summoned by her ailing Uncle Pal to operate his pony ring for one ?nal season and then close down his beloved Massachusetts farm, her twenty-two years away from the vacation spot of her youth seem an unbridgeable gap. But she is pulled by forces stronger than her memories to try to piece together the events of that last childhood summer -- when a dark mystery and chilling rumors swirled about her former friend, Lucy Dragon. They called her crazy...and Robyn must at last uncover the truth about Lucy's strange and sudden vanishing -- and make peace with her ?rst love, Frankie. Now, the future of Pal's six ponies, who pace the ring ?ve times for a dollar a ride, is as uncertain as Robyn's own, as she confronts the past she ran from so long ago and comes to terms with the life she has made for herself.« less