Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

Shadows on Society Hill: An Addy Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Evelyn Coleman
     
 

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In the winter of 1866, Addy's poppa gets a new job. His employer, Mr. Radisson, even offers the Walker family a home of their own on the grounds of his fine house in Society Hill. Addy's delight quickly evaporates as she realizes that Mr. Radisson's house holds frightening secrets--one of which leads straight back to the plantation where Addy's family was held in… See more details below

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In the winter of 1866, Addy's poppa gets a new job. His employer, Mr. Radisson, even offers the Walker family a home of their own on the grounds of his fine house in Society Hill. Addy's delight quickly evaporates as she realizes that Mr. Radisson's house holds frightening secrets--one of which leads straight back to the plantation where Addy's family was held in slavery only two years before. You will enjoy solving the mystery right along with Addy. An illustrated "Looking Back" section gives you information about the time period in which Addy's stories are set.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gail Krause
Addy, an eleven-year old escaped slave from a North Carolina plantation living free with her family, finds prejudice in Society Hill, the richest part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Addy saves the life of Mr. Albert Radisson, a famous architect, and he in turn offers Addy's father a job as a carpenter. He also gives them a nice home behind his aristocratic mansion. Addy and her family are thrilled to have found such good fortune. A mysterious stranger from a secret room in Mr. Radisson's mansion appears at night and befriends Addy because she needs her help to survive. Mr. Radisson's scornful and prejudicial mother accuses Addy of stealing food, bread, and finally a jeweled necklace from the mansion. Mr. Radisson's fiance, who had been friendly to Addy and her mother, suddenly turns cold at the sight of Abby's protection stone, made by her old Uncle Solomon. She stops all association with Addy's family, siding with her future mother-in-law, and insists that Addy and her family be sent away. The stranger, a black woman who served as a Union spy, teaches Abby to seek answers in riddles, as a spy would. Addy solves the riddle and discovers the secret Mr. Radisson's fiance is harboring. When all is revealed, Addy and her family are not turned out of their new home.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7 - In this suspenseful mystery set in Philadelphia during the Reconstruction era, 11-year-old African-American Addy Walker saves the wealthy architect Albert Radisson from a runaway horse as her father works nearby. Radisson is grateful, notices her father's carpentry talents, and not only offers him a job, but also housing for their family in the servants' quarters on his estate. While Radisson's late father was known as an abolitionist, his mother is not of the same mind, and is quite hostile to the Walkers. When the man's fiancée, Elizabeth, comes to town to prepare for their wedding, she is kind and generous but then she suddenly turns against Addy and accuses her of stealing a necklace. Addy discovers the reason for this change of heart, and also solves the mystery of a shadowy stranger who is hiding in the house. Addy and her family experience many verbal assaults from white people they encounter, and the tensions of this era are clearly and honestly depicted. Coleman is faithful to the characters and settings in Connie Porter's "Addy" books (American Girl), and provides an enjoyable and informative mystery.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609582685
Publisher:
AMERICAN GIRL PUBLISHING, INC
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
244,115
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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