by Leah Spiegel and Meg Summers
Series: South Hills Sidekicks #1
Publication date: February 11th 2012
Genre: Humorous YA Chick-Lit
When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.
Leah and Meg
Leah: Cookie Dough
Megan: TBCY’s Rocky Road
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Leah: Cereal. . .Lucky Charms
Megan: Shredded mini frosted wheat
Night owl or early bird?
Leah: Night Owl
Megan: Night Owl, though I try to go to my classroom early because I can get more done in the morning. And I do not know what Leah is going to put because she is an afternoon person. She trained the dogs with hand cues so she wouldn’t even have to talk to them in the morning. : )
One food you would never eat?
Megan: I am super, super, super picky! It would be easier to write what I would eat. Eggplant! (Leah had me try it when we were in high school and I think I can still taste it! It was like a giant pea!)
Skittles or M&Ms?
When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?
Leah: The first female baseball player.
Megan: Judge Wapner! Then I wanted to be Matlock or Jessica Fetcher. Now I want to be a secretary but my student loans won’t allow me.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
Leah: I would pay off Megan’s student loans because that is what my mom wants me to do.
Megan: I would buy my house and incase my parents read this, I would then pay my student loans off.
Print or Ebook?
Megan: I wish I could say print but I really like not having hundreds of books in my house.
What movie are you looking forward to this year?
Leah: The latest Fast Movie, Fast Six. I know it is already out but I haven’t gotten to see it.
Megan: I am looking forward more to the sitcom Newsroom on HBO. I love watching a TV show that leaves me feeling smarter than when I started. I haven’t had that experience since the West Wing and I miss it.
Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is....
Megan: I wish I have never read Harry Potter so I could read it for the first time again; so I guess that would be my pick.
What is next on your to read list?
Megan: I am reading the Jack Reacher series and then mixing it up with some YA. I read Emily Evans, Kim Richardson, and Ally Carter. I teach fourth grade and have readers that can read eighth grade and higher books but not the material that authors put in them. So during the summer I spend some time reading books looking for ones that my students could read. I convinced Leah to write one last year: Mission One of Auggie the Alien. My students loved it. I am hoping that we write the second one soon. Leah does not have time to pleasure read. If I catch her picking up a book I ask what she thinks she is doing.
Any other books in the works?
Megan: Leah is working on her first adult fiction book. The book reminds me of the Italian Job. We have company visiting and then hopefully after that we will start on our second middle grade book: Mission Two of Auggie the Alien! My students will be so excited!
Although we moved down to North Carolina several years ago, we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. (That’s why a lot of our characters either live in the Burgh or reference our hometown football team, The Pittsburgh Steelers.) And yes, we even have the Southern accents to show for it now. Although Megan’s is considerable thicker, Leah still can’t understand the locals.
We are known as ‘the sisters’ among our neighborhood; when actually we’re probably really known as ‘the sisters with the Yorkies’. Our pups, Skippy Jon Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow, were given long names to compensate for their small size but not their large personalities.
If Leah’s not glued to her electronic devices, AKA her Kindle Fire and various laptops, you can find her training ‘the attack dogs’, running on the treadmill while conceiving the next great book idea with the Dave Matthews Band, Muse, Florence and the Machine, The Lumineers, and Pink (just to name a few) blaring out of her earphones.
If Megan’s not glued to her electronic devices AKA her iPad and Nook Color, you can find her teaching fourth graders, swimming marathon style at the pool, or cuddling with ‘the attack dogs’ as she watches Duck Dynasty, Gold Rush, Scandal, Person of Interest, Morning Joe, etc.
Leah graduated from Edinboro University with a BA in Art Education. Megan received her teaching degree from Edinboro University and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Technology from Grand Canyon University.