The Minstrel's Melody (American Girl History Mysteries Series #11)by Eleanora E. Tate
In 1904, 12-year-old Orphelia Bruce runs away from her small town of Calico Creek, Missouri, to pursue her dream of being a singer. She stows away on a traveling minstrel show headed for the St. Louis World's Fair - but her family's troubled past follows her. See more details below
In 1904, 12-year-old Orphelia Bruce runs away from her small town of Calico Creek, Missouri, to pursue her dream of being a singer. She stows away on a traveling minstrel show headed for the St. Louis World's Fair - but her family's troubled past follows her.
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I picked up and put this book back down years ago because it didn't interest me. I recently picked it up again and enjoyed it. It has some slow parts and others that happen too fast but the book is not long itself. Orpheilia is a young girl who wan't to star in a traveling show, sining dancing and playing music. She is the blacksheep of the family and feels no one understands her dreams howevr she will go to extraodinary measured to chase them. I really liked Orphelia as a character and Othello but that was about it. Everyone else was either okay or I hated them. The mother for example didn't seem protective but insane to me. However it is a good read.
This book was really great and it had a really exciting twist to it. It had alot of detail.
This is as good as Shadows in the glasshouse. I loved the daring character, Orphelia. She reminded me alot of myself. This book was sort of a mystery. The first one was Orphelia was tyring to let her mother play the music she loved. The author though kind of squeezed in the part about Reubun. At first he was no big deal. Then in towards the end of the book he became a big deal. If I hadn't known it was supposed to be a mystery book I would have thought it was just aa historical fiction book. This is why I only it 4 stars. It is very well written.