Nan Willard Cappo

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My first published novel was CHEATING LESSONS (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2002), in which a teenage girl must finesse a cheating scandal in her school. It won an Edgar nomination for Best YA mystery, and has been republished in print, ebook and audio in 2016.
My latest book is UNACCOUNTED FOR, also Young Adult but a bit edgier--suitable for mature teens and adults (has a male hero this time).
These novels are set in Michigan. I've since moved to Pittsburgh, and am working a book set there.

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Cheating Lessons

3.43 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 2002 — 10 editions
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Unaccounted For

3.52 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions
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I loved the tension and compelling suspense of this debut novel; the tone of the writing and focused, detailed characterization were very well done. Catherine/Cathy Bailey leads a promiscuous party life you'd hate to think your daughter would try, bu ...more
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I just discovered Joseph Kanon's new book, Istanbul Passage, so now I'm reading his earlier books as well. Alibi did not disappoint. I adore books where the suspense comes from the moral dilemma of the protagonist, so I figured this would be up my al ...more
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“If love was a river, then Martha's was the Nile: enormous, life-giving, and at regular intervals capable of drowning you in murk for reasons you didn't understand. But you couldn't do without it. And no one expected you to.”
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“You are both daring and unscrupulous, and you think fast. I have been looking for a person with those particular characteristics. Also I noticed you speak Babylonian.”
Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Mara, Daughter of the Nile

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“I really can't think about kissing when I've got a rebellion to incite. ”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen. When it does at last dawn on a man that you really want to hear about his business, the look that comes over his face is something to see.”
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

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