Mystery on Skull Island (American Girl History Mysteries Series #15)

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It's 1724 in Charles Town, South Carolina, and 12-year-old Rachel Howell is forbidden to see her only friend, Sally. When the girls meet secretly on a nearby island, they find mysterious carvings, a human skull...and more! Will Rachel survive a harrowing chase with pirates to solve the island mystery?

In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be...

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It's 1724 in Charles Town, South Carolina, and 12-year-old Rachel Howell is forbidden to see her only friend, Sally. When the girls meet secretly on a nearby island, they find mysterious carvings, a human skull...and more! Will Rachel survive a harrowing chase with pirates to solve the island mystery?

In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be connected to the woman who will soon become Rachel's stepmother.

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The year is 1724 and the reader is transported back in time to the era of pirates and Colonial America. Rachel moves from New York to South Carolina to live with and renew her relationship with her father, who is engaged to be married to a young socialite. She continues a forbidden friendship with the tavern keeper's children and together they discover a hidden, mysterious island in the Charles Town port. The friends become stranded overnight on the island and overhear a heated discussion by pirates in a hidden lagoon. Rachel and her friend begin to uncover a mystery linked to this forbidden island that threatens her father's livelihood. The dialogue is written in the dialect of the era and the plot moves along with much suspense in this thrilling historical mystery. At the end of the book, there is a several-page historical section describing lifestyles of the time period. This is number 15 in the "American Girl History Mysteries." 2001, Pleasant Company, $9.95 and $5.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Melissa A. Caudill<%ISBN%>1584853425
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2004

    Lots of suspense

    Mystery on skull island is my favorite of all the History Mysteries. The book begins with Rachel Howell on her way from New York to the hot, southern village of Charles Town to live with her father. While there she befriends a tavern keepers daughter who helps Rachel solve the mystery on Skull Island. The adventure starts while she is on board the Betsy Jo with her Grandfathers servant Roland. This book contains lieing pirates, narrow escapes, and many exciting happenings. There is never a dull moment while reading this suspenseful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2001

    A wonderful new History Mysteries book.

    Since her mother's death when she was just five years old, Rachel Howell has lived with her grandparents in the city of New York. The year is 1724, and Rachel is now twelve. Her father has finally sent for her, and she must make the sea journey from New York to Charles Town, South Carolina. When the ship is almost at its destination, pirates attack, and Rachel loses her most precious possession, a necklace that had belonged to her mother. When she finally arrives in Charles Town, Rachel is thrilled to finally be reunited with her father, but is devastated by the news that he plans to remarry and that his fiance, Miranda LeBoyer, will be arriving soon from Philadelphia. Rachel makes two friends, Sally and Todd, whose mother runs an inn. But at Miss LeBoyer's urging, Rachel's father forbids her to see her friends because they are from a lower class. Rachel and Sally decide to meet in a secret place, a small island near the city that they name Skull Island because they believe a pirate's treasure may be hidden there. After Rachel's father loses his fortune in a bad business deal, the friends begin to believe that his misfortune may have been caused by Miss LeBoyer, who is keeping a secret about his partner in the investment. I highly reccomend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction.

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