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Children's LiteratureRhoda Midyette lives on an island off Virginia, where her father is keeper of the U.S. Lifesaving Station. It is 1895, and her dad and his men regularly risk their lives to help storm-tossed boats. When Rhoda spots an unusual light, she wonders if the old stories about a ghostly sea captain could be true. Or maybe it's something less spectral, but far more sinister: a "wrecker," or someone who intentionally misdirects ships in order to plunder them. This kid-friendly whodunit is part of the "History Mysteries" series, and as such is full of fascinating details about a little-known place and time. Today's kids should be intrigued by facts such as people sleeping on seaweed-stuffed mattresses, using porpoise-oil lights for illumination, and going shopping only once a month—and getting there by boat, rather than by car. 2003, American Girl, Ages 9 to 12.