The Smuggler's Treasure (American Girl History Mysteries Series #1)

The Smuggler's Treasure (American Girl History Mysteries Series #1)

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by Sarah Masters Buckey, Troy Howell, Greg Dearth
     
 

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Elisabet comes face to face with a notorious pirate when she tries to free her father, who is a prisoner in the War of 1812.

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Elisabet comes face to face with a notorious pirate when she tries to free her father, who is a prisoner in the War of 1812.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Launching the History Mysteries series, this swiftly paced, light novel takes readers to Louisiana during the War of 1812. After Elisabet Holder's widower father, the wealthy London-born captain of a merchant ship, is captured by the British, the 11-year-old travels from their home in Boston to New Orleans to live with her aunt and uncle. Once there, Elisabet learns that the family has fallen on hard times and she is expected to work in the couple's bakery. Accustomed to servants, the girl initially scoffs at the idea of working but soon adapts to her new life and forms a friendship with her co-worker and roommate. When a shady character stops into the bakery and conveniently mentions a hidden treasure map, Elisabet sees a way to procure her father's ransom. As a mystery, this is lean on suspense and intrigue, yet Buckey conveys a credible sense of time and place. Taking a cue from the American Girls Collection books, the volume concludes with a section, "Looking Back: 1814," that describes the American political scene as well as the cultural and social climate of French-influenced New Orleans. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) FYI: Four additional titles, due out the same month, are: Hoofbeats of Danger, set in 1860, by Holly Hughes; The Night Flyers, a WWI novel by Elizabeth McDavid Jones; Secrets on 26th Street (1914), also by Jones; and Voices at Whisper Bend, a WWII novel by Katherine Ayres. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Pleasant Company's new "History Mystery" series will be welcomed by those who have devoured their other books. There's much going right in these books, which combine history, suspense, and the strong heroines Pleasant Company is known for. The series launches with a set of five stories and there will be more for those who become addicted, though unlike their beloved doll-inspired series, these heroines will change. There is a great range in the mysteries, challenges faced by heroines, locales, and time periods. In The Smuggler's Treasure, Elizabeth searches for pirate treasure in New Orleans. The story is set during the War of 1812 and Elizabeth is trying to help free her father who is a prisoner of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562477578
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Series:
American Girl History Mysteries Series , #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.49(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Smuggler's Treasure (American Girl History Mysteries Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
This story was a about a girl who lost her dad since she was little. Her name was Elisabeth. She lost her father because he was a pirate and when he was sailing the police have been arrested Elisabeth¿s dad. Also Elisabeth¿s mom has been passed away. Later when she was 13 years old she got a letter from her uncle at New Orleans and the letter said come and work at his bakery. So she had to ride the boat. When she was in the boat she met Mr. Robinson. Mr. Robinson is lawyer at New Orleans. Later she told Mr. Robinson what happen to her father then he gave his business card to Elisabeth. However she met Mary and Mary is a one of the workers at the bakery. Then she met Claude and Raul. They are workers too. When she work she met a evil person and he also tell about a map. So Mary and Elisabeth start¿s to find the map. However they found the map. She went to Mr. Robinson¿s house. Then she met a guy and he told Elisabeth if she gave the map to him he will release her father. So she gave it to him. But later Elisabeth heard that someone came to the bakery and he told him that ¿this thing looks really nice but I want to go get some Boston breads¿. Elisabeth turns then she saw her father. She ran way to him. That¿s what did I learned from this book was how can a girl leave without his parent and how people treat you when you have nobody to take care especially when you don¿t have parents. The other part that I learned was who ever hurt you how to be brave.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...The events in the book are very fast-paced - maybe too fast. It's a good size for a middle grade novella, but as an adult I would love to see the story more fleshed out. Everything just seems to unfold much too quickly to be realistic, I think. Again, though, that's just coming from the perspective of an adult. I don't remember my exact thoughts as a child reading this, but since I kept the book on my shelves, I think it's safe to say I liked the book just fine. It's a fun mystery about a young girl in a new and exotic city, and in 1814 there was not only danger of invasion from the British, but also danger of pirates! The famous Jean Lafitte actually plays rather a significant part in Elisabet's story, as a matter of fact, which makes it all the more exciting and mysterious..." For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger! jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding! I loved every page! The thought of getting caught at any moment is heart stopping! Literally! I almost fainted when she was running from that evil man! This book is just one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The american girl writiers make so many good books, Now,they have new ones for 10-14 yrs olds. I LOVE it keep going!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really think that this one was the best, it's full of suspense and it was one of those books that I just could not put down. The others are great as well, but this one was the only one that I could read more than 2 times and still get into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, but not the best book to kick the seris off with. I truely enjoyed it, and it was well written, but my type of book. It had alot of suspence but not enough excitement for a mystery book. The suspence was the only thing that kept me reading, but that's just me talking. Anyways this book is great for ages 10-12. It gets them into American history. The best part is for those who love this book and want more there are 16 more to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book so much i is my faviorte it always leaves you hanginf in the sky. It is one of the books i dont read half of and think eww that is an awful b
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Smuggler's Treasure was an outstanding book! Your story made me want to read the other History Mysteries books! Your book was a great contribute to the series and im sure your next book will be too! The part I like best was that she had to solve more than one mystery through out the story! Can't wait to read your next book, Enemy In The Fort! Keep up your great work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
abody will find it exsiteing!!!!! a very great book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of mystery and suspense. Here is the back of the book's summary [I don't MEAN to plagerize] : It's 1814. America is at war with Britain, and 11-year-old Elisabet Holder is suddenly alone. Her father-the only family she knows-has been taken prisoner by the British. Sent from Boston to New Orleans to live with relatives she's never met, Elisabet soon learns that a treasure is hidden in her new home. Her desperate search to find the treasure and find her father's freedom takes her deep into a world of pirates, smugglers, and enemy ships! I hope that you will all enjoy it as throughly as I have. Please email me if you enjoyed the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wass great! It was exciting and kept my eyes glued to the pages. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book! American Girls Rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book that I thourali enjoyed