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Children's LiteratureSecrets in the Hills is an American Girl mystery featuring Josefina. Set in the rugged, rural hills of New Mexico, Josefina and her family befriend a traveling ranch hand that has been badly injured. Josefina's aunt, Tia Magdalena, had been teaching Josefina the methods of a curandera. A curandera knows how to make medicines from plants and helps to heal people. Josefina uses her newly learned skills to help the rancher recover. While caring for him she inadvertently discovers a map. The rancher confides that he is hoping the map leads to his ancestor's long lost, hidden treasure. Helping the ranch hand to interpret the clues is just one of the mysteries that Josefina hopes to solve. There is also the strange moaning sound she has been hearing in the early evening hours. Could the sounds belong to the lonely ghost of La Llorona? Josefina uses compassion and common sense to help those around her find answers, and in the process she learns about herself. Her character is compelling and her story is earnest, interesting, and extremely enjoyable. 2006, Pleasant Company Publications, and Ages 8 to 12.