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The Last Brass Ring

The Last Brass Ring

By Liz HillPublisher: Hovey PublishingISBN: 979-8-9887674-0-4Genre: YA FictionPrice: $12.00
Available from: Amazon

Lilli Whitaker didn’t expect to spend the summer before her senior year living on Staten Island with her notoriously difficult great aunt Stella. Her one refuge is a summer job at a run-down amusement park. For Lilli, 1989 becomes a summer of discovery that leads to romance, new friendships, and a long-hidden family secret.

Liz Hill grew up in Staten Island, New York, the setting for her novel The Last Brass Ring. Since leaving New York in the 1980s, she has lived and worked in six other states. She and her husband now live part-time in western North Carolina and part-time in Mexico.

Liz is the co-author of four other novels for young adults, written in the era of Goose Bumps, as well as co-author (with Ruthie Rosauer) of Singing Meditation: Together in Sound and Silence. Liz has also written several plays and enjoys watching imagined characters come to life on stage.

In addition to being a member of NCWN, Liz is a co-founder of Lit Youngstown, a Literary Arts nonprofit, and has served on the board of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.


A captivating journey to late 1980s Staten Island, where love, a restored carousel, and a long-buried family secret intertwine to create an enchanting and unforgettable tale. Get ready to be swept away in this mesmerizing novel filled with nostalgia and heartwarming revelations.

Christopher Barzak, author of Wonders of the Invisible World

A charming exploration of restoration and rebirth. Restoration of a dilapidated carousel on Staten Island; of secret family histories and misunderstood relatives; of broken relationships, prejudices, and preconceptions. The writing sparkles, the story captivates and surprises, the entire book delights.

Kenn Amdahl, author of There Are No Electrons

You can smell the hot dogs, feel the humidity, and hear the music of the carousal. Hill has taken the reader into the heart and soul of what it’s like to be a young woman finding her place in the world. Lilli Rose is a character so memorable and lovable we can’t help but root for her as she struggles to unravel tightly knotted secrets and to understand her past and what family means. A coming-of-age story with so much heart you will think about Lilli and her triumph of courage long after you close the book.

Shannon Baker, author of the Kate Fox mystery series