- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureHigh school freshman Samantha Forster, whose friends and family call her Sam, receives an assignment from her teacher to investigate the abandoned town of Nugget with her best friend, Jennifer Kenworthy. Rumors linger that Nugget is a haunted ghost town. When Sam and Jen go to Nugget on horseback for their first trip, they see Golden Rose, a palomino that has been missing from Jen's family ranch for two years. The disappearance of this horse encourages Jen's father to consider moving to the city, which gives Jen and her mother nightmares. If Jen can return Golden Rose to the ranch, she believes her father will change his mind about moving to the city. As the two girls research Nugget and aspire to catch Golden Rose, they attempt to solve the mystery of the horse's disappearance. Who stole her? Who has been keeping her in captivity for the past two years? Can Sam and Jen save the Kenworthy ranch? As the girls survey Nugget, readers learn how to do on-site research. Although Farley targets young readers, she centers the story on two high school protagonists. Breaking this convention of children's literature makes these protagonists seem much less mature than high school students typically should be. Although the mysterious plot is difficult to follow at times, this book is divided into chapters and written on a fairly simple level, which can give young readers a sense of accomplishment and motivation for more advanced reading. 2003, Avon Books/HarperCollins, Ages 9 to 12.