Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic (American Girl History Mysteries Series #20)

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Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic

It's 1925, and 12-year-old Emily Scott can't believe her luck when she and her older sister Dorothy are invited to vacation at a fancy hotel on the Jersey Shore. But Emily's excitement turns to fear when she spots a hotel guest she recognizes from the city-a dangerous gangster! Dorothy's busy impressing her wealthy friend, so it's up to Emily to figure out what the sinister man is doing at the Grand Atlantic-and ...

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Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic

It's 1925, and 12-year-old Emily Scott can't believe her luck when she and her older sister Dorothy are invited to vacation at a fancy hotel on the Jersey Shore. But Emily's excitement turns to fear when she spots a hotel guest she recognizes from the city-a dangerous gangster! Dorothy's busy impressing her wealthy friend, so it's up to Emily to figure out what the sinister man is doing at the Grand Atlantic-and whether he means big trouble for the people Emily loves most!

In 1925, after witnessing the violent actions of some gangsters, twelve-year-old Emily accompanies her older sister on a trip to a luxurious hotel on the New Jersey shore but worries that the gangsters have come to the same hotel. Includes historical notes on the time period.

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Go back in time once again with this "American Girl" title set at the New Jersey shore in 1925. The mystery begins when Emily, age twelve, witnesses the criminal acts of gangsters. It is decided to be in her best interest to go out of town and she and her older sister are invited to spend a week at an elegant hotel on the Jersey Shore. Feeling safe and carefree, she has a surprise encounter with the gangsters. Not wanting them to discover her, Emily stays in hiding in the hotel. Her sister, Dorothy, is too distracted by her wealthy friends to notice what is going on with her sister. Emily is able to make friends with a girl her age that likes a mystery just as much as she does. Together they try to figure out what to do and stay safe. Also included for readers is historical information about the 1925 era when Al Capone, the Charleston and the radio were prominent features. 2003, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 10 to 13.
—Michele Wilbur
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584857198
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: American Girl History Mysteries Series , #20
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    A Book That Truly Is Grand

    Gangsters on the Grand Atlantic written by Sarah Masters Buckey is great proof that American Girl easily succeeds with four-star and five-star mystery books. Gangsters on the Grand Atlantic takes place in the 1920's when gangsters were at large in the USA, thus befitting the name. It was a time, when different fashions for girls and were at large, and people snuck in bootleg beer into speakasies, thus mentioned in the book. Emily Scott is growing up during this time with her older sister and mother. Her older sister, Dorothy, who is a flapper, takes Emily on a vacation with her to a luxurious hotel. At the hotel, however, Emily's excitement turns into fear when she spots Mr. M, an evil gangster from the city where she lives. Scared that he might mean harm or something against the law, Emily decides to investigate. Emily makes a friend on the way who helps her to solve the mystery and figure out what Mr. M. is really up to. However, the clues Emily and her new friend discover lead Emily to find out that Dorothy might be in danger, because of Dorothy's boyfriend, Frank, who seems to owe the Mr. m. something. Determined to protect her sister and her sister's friends, Emily tries to piece everything together, clue by clue. But this might lead to fatal danger for Emily and her loved ones, especially when facing the most infamous gangster in the city. I think this book is the perfect mystery for the setting, and Sarah masters Buckey has once again successfully written another book that shows her skill at true mystery writing. This book is a promising tale of mystery, the importance of family and friends, drama, and growing up in the 1920's. I recommend this book to any girl who is in love with American Girl, AG's History Mysteries( the series this book is a part of), the Roaring Twenties, mystery, drama, and growing up. This book is for you, for it is a grand book, once again befitting the name. I hope you like this book as much as I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2004

    Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic

    Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic is and exciting mystery by Sarah Masters Buckey. The story takes place in the year 1925. Emily Scott, a twelve year old girl, witnesses an attack by gangsters on her landlord Mr. Florio. The gangsters tell her she better watch out or the leader of their gang, Mr. M, would be coming for her. Meanwhile, Emily¿s older sister Dorothy gets invited on vacation by her friend Bitsy to Jersey Shore. Concerned for Emily¿s safety after the witness of Mr. Florio¿s attack, Emily¿s mother asks Dorothy if Emily can join her on the trip. Soon after Emily is being whisked away to a very fancy hotel on Jersey Shore. While Dorothy is enjoying time with her friends Bitsy, Frank, and Chadwick, Emily notices a strange man at their hotel. Emily suspects the man is Mr. M. She gets very worried that Mr. M may be at Jersey Shore to make sure she doesn¿t tell anyone about the attack on Mr. Florio. Because Dorothy is too busy to help Emily, Emily makes friends with Gwen, a disabled girl who is always at the hotel because her mother works there. The two of them investigate Mr. M and why he is at the hotel. They find out he is a gangster who sells illegal rum and liquor. They eventually get Mr. M and the rest of his gang arrested after going through some hard and scary conflicts. I really liked this book. It was very exciting and suspenseful. I never got bored reading this book. There was always something new and exciting happening in every chapter. I couldn¿t keep the book down. The author Sarah Masters Buckey, did a wonderful job describing the setting of Jersey Shore. I felt like I was really there. She also did a great job describing the characters. I felt like I knew each of them personally. I really like the History Mystery series, but this book is one of my favorites.

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