When the Johnson family wanders into a new coffee bean shop with a naked-mermaid logo and a strange-sounding name, little do they know what Starbucks will someday become. The year is 1971, and Seattle’s own Jimi Hendrix has just died overdose — just months before the first Bumbershoot music festival. Written in the voice of a ten-year-old girl, Pike Place begins in the town of Richland, home of the Hanford nuclear plant and the Manhattan Project. When the family moves into the “Seattle City Limits,” the kids explore the city on foot and mini bikes. But then the unimaginable happens: one day, one of the Johnson children disappears — magical play lands become forbidden woods, suspicion clouds every interaction, and even Pike Place Market itself stirs up feelings of uncertainty and fear. Pike Place is a story of innocence and innocence lost. It is a quest for what was — for closure, for reconciliation, for a return to a place that only exists in the memory.
Actually Pike Place is told in the voice of a twenty-five year old who recalls her memories of when she was ten. At first, I was having brief WTF shock-waves at the words and phrases little ten year old Bobbi was using to relate her story. No ten year old child would know some of those words, they were too “grownup”. (It’s not till way later in the novel that this issue is resolved with a simple explanation.) Other than that little issue, I found Bobbi (ten year old girl) to be funny, witty and sometimes a brat, but always a young girl. Her observations and reactions to her perception of her world were classic of an inquisitive child. I found myself getting lost in my own childhood memories.
In my opinion Pike Place is an excellent YA story with a real lesson for the reader to grasp.
About the author
Born and raised in the state of Washington, Marilyn has also lived in Cleveland, São Paulo (Brazil), New York and Raleigh – where she lives today. Marilyn is a graduate of New York’s Barnard College and founder and president of Architexture Home Center, Inc. Pike Place is Marilyn’s debut novel.
Award-Winning Finalist – 2007 National Best Books Awards
Finalist – 2008 Indie Excellence Book Awards
Best Novel of the Year – 2008 Premier Book Awards
Honorable Mention – 2009 Beach Book Festival
Honorable Mention – 2009 San Francisco Book Festival
Runner Up – 2013 Great Northwestern Book Festival
Print Length: 176 pages
Publication Date: August 17th 2007 by Quarrystone Publishing Co.
4 out of 5 stars