Kidnapped in Key West


Historical fiction, 1912. Twelve-year-old Eddie Malone is living a carefree life in the Florida Keys when his father, a worker on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, is thrown into jail. Eddie sets out for Key West with his faithful dog, Rex. Will he be in time to foil the thieves' next plot and prove his pa's innocence? (8-12)

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Historical fiction, 1912. Twelve-year-old Eddie Malone is living a carefree life in the Florida Keys when his father, a worker on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, is thrown into jail. Eddie sets out for Key West with his faithful dog, Rex. Will he be in time to foil the thieves' next plot and prove his pa's innocence? (8-12)

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"Quickly captures the reader's attention with its suspense and adventure." --Pam LaRiviere, Florida Reading Association President 2008-2009

"Kidnapped in Key West, will capture your child's imagination, just as it did my son's, while teaching him or her about an important event and amazing time in Florida's history."--John Blades, Executive Director, Flagler Museum

Children's Literature - Catherine Callegari
When Eddie Malone's father Frank is falsely accused and then jailed for stealing the payroll from his employer the Florida East Coast Railway, Eddie feels responsible. If he had obeyed his father instead of goofing off, his dad would have been at home instead of looking for Eddie. He never would have seen, or gone to check out the suspicious light in the paymaster's car. Determined to prove his father's innocence, Eddie and his faithful dog Rex track the real thieves from his hometown of Marathon to Key West, where the thieves kidnap him and leave Rex for dead. Along the way, Eddie endures some hardships but also makes some fast friends. In the end, Eddie manages to escape the thieves, prove his father's innocence, prevent a hold-up of the inaugural run of the Florida East Coast Railways Extension Special to Key West, and get a special invitation to be on that inaugural trip. Raffa and Rigsby cram a lot of railyway history, information about the Florida Keys, and other miscellaneous information into their story. Surprisingly, racism is not mentioned despite one of Eddie's good friends being a black man and the story's setting being 1912. Unfortunately, the steady stream of information is not seamlessly woven into the plot. The dialog seems forced; overall, the writing is ungainly. These flaws may be overlooked by those who are able to focus on the story's adventure plot or by those more interested in the historical information. Contains a glossary of historical notes. Reviewer: Catherine Callegari
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561645374
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/25/2012
  • Pages: 138
  • Sales rank: 280,715
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwina Raffa, a native Floridian, lives with her husband in southwest Florida. She has two married daughters and six grandchildren. Edwina graduated from Florida State University with majors in Elementary Education and Spanish. She received a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. After teaching six years, Edwina pursued a career as an elementary school counselor and was chosen Lee County Counselor of the Year. She enjoys reading, writing, walking the beach, and spending time in the mountains of North Carolina. Edwina is co-author of Race to Kitty Hawk,  Escape to the Everglades, and Kidnapped in Key West.

Annelle Rigsby
lives in southwest Florida with her husband. She has two grown daughters. Annelle earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Masters Degree in Education from Georgia State University. She worked fourteen years in public schools, first as a teacher and then as a curriculum specialist. Annelle wrote and illustrated Punctuation, an activity poster book. She has co-authored three historical fiction books for children, Race to Kitty Hawk,  Escape to the Everglades, and Kidnapped in Key West, in addition to illustrating the Escape to the Everglades and the Kidnapped in Key West Teacher's Activity Guides. Besides writing, Annelle's other interests include reading, painting, crafting, shelling, biking, and avidly collecting frogs in all shapes and sizes.

Their first children's historical novel, Race to Kitty Hawk was published in 2003 and received the endorsement of the First Flight Centennial Foundation. They were selected as the 2003 Authors of the Year in the Cherokee County School District in North Carolina. Their second historical novel, Escape to the Everglades,  and the Escape to the Everglades Teacher's Activity Guide were published by Pineapple Press, Inc. in 2006. The authors took their "Meet the Authors" presentation to many Florida schools and presented at the Florida Reading Association and the Florida Association of Media Educators. In 2008,  Kidnapped in Key West and Kidnapped in Key West Teacher's Activity Guide were published by Pineapple Press. The authors spoke in schools, libraries, conferences, bookstores, and museums. In 2009, Edwina and Annelle were selected as the featured authors at the 13th Annual "Meet the Author" program and teleconference for Pinellas County Schools and also were featured at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Florida. In conjunction with Florida Heritage Month in 2009 and 2010, the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida hosted the authors who presented interactive Kidnapped in Key West programs for elementary children at the museum.
Currently the authors divide their time writing adventure novels for middle readers and traveling across the state with their "Meet the Authors" presentations.

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