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VOYALiving on Glenn Island on the Virginia Coast in 1895 presents many challenges for the Midyette family, especially because its father is the keeper of the U.S. Lifesaving Station and responsible for the safety of all those who travel the treacherous waters off the coastline. Twelve-year-old Rhoda is both proud and terrified for her father, who puts his life on the line every day to feed his family. When she suspects that someone is trying to wreck ships to collect their bounty on Graveyard Shoal, she realizes that she has to be as brave as her father to help save lives. In her quest for the truth, Rhoda must overcome the legend of the Mangled Mariner, her father's reluctance to take her seriously, and the deadly illness of her best friend, Pearl. Middle-grade readers will thoroughly enjoy every aspect of this tale. Jones combines a ghost story, a young girl's love of animals, suspense on the high seas, and a rip-roaring mystery to create a highly appealing story for all reading abilities. Fans of the American Girl History Mystery series will find this book easily enough, but librarians need to make sure that this story gets in many hands, especially those of young readers who complain that there just are not enough mysteries out there. Rhoda is 1895's answer to Nancy Drew. Included is a short chapter on the actual history of U.S. Lifesaving Stations that might further encourage readers to learn more about Mr. Midyette's treacherous job. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Pleasant Company, 153p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.