The Minstrel's Melody (American Girl History Mysteries Series #11)

The Minstrel's Melody (American Girl History Mysteries Series #11)

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by Eleanora E. Tate
     
 

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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

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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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Orphelia Bruce wants to display her piano playing talent before a larger audience than the school and church in Calico Creek, Missouri where she lives with her family. Set in 1904, this charming book provides fascinating insight into the world of African Americans at the turn of the century. Orphelia wants to participate in a talent show hosted by the glamorous and famous Madame Meritta, who owns a minstrel show. The prize is an opportunity to perform with Madame Meritta's show at the World's Fair in St. Louis. Orphelia gets into trouble with her mother, however, and is punished by being taken out of the talent show. Later that night, Orphelia runs away from home and hides in one of Madame Meritta's wagons. When Orphelia is discovered the next day, Madame Meritta tells Orphelia that she has no choice but to send her home to her parents. The minstrel show is beset with problems every time it gets close enough to a train station to send Orphelia home, so Orphelia actually does go to St. Louis to see the World's Fair. The book includes a brief but informative section on the lives of African Americans during this time period, the roles they played in minstrel shows and the beginning of their contribution to the world of music. 2001, Pleasant Company, $9.95 and $5.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
Another well done American Girl History Mystery, this one focuses on a talented girl who wants to perform. Despite the fact that her mother forbids it, the intrepid youngster eventually joins a traveling minstrel show. This show entertains and teaches at the same time. Part of the "History Mysteries" series. 2001, American Girl Library, $5.95. Ages 10 to 12. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)

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ISBN-13:
9781607541806
Publisher:
Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
American Girl History Mysteries Series, #11
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Minstrel's Melody (American Girl History Mysteries Series #11) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
otulissa More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really great and it had a really exciting twist to it. It had alot of detail.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.