Spotlight Club: Mystery at Blue Ridge Cemetery

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The Spotlight Clubbers create stone rubbings of Civil War-era tombstones for a summer school class on the Civil War. Cindy has chosen the tombstone of Serafina Winslow, who died in 1862. Then, at the neighborhood yard sale, Cindy locates a box of interesting-looking old photos and frames and miscellaneous papers. When she takes it home with her, she discovers Serafina Winslow's journal inside! Things get even more mysterious when Cindy finds a sketch of her neighbor's missing locket in the journal. What does the...
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Overview


The Spotlight Clubbers create stone rubbings of Civil War-era tombstones for a summer school class on the Civil War. Cindy has chosen the tombstone of Serafina Winslow, who died in 1862. Then, at the neighborhood yard sale, Cindy locates a box of interesting-looking old photos and frames and miscellaneous papers. When she takes it home with her, she discovers Serafina Winslow's journal inside! Things get even more mysterious when Cindy finds a sketch of her neighbor's missing locket in the journal. What does the long-deceased Serafina Winslow have to do with the recent disappearance of the locket? Leave it to the Spotlight Club to dig up the answers!

The Spotlight Club detectives are involved in a new case concerning a mysterious man and an iron dog.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The Heides (mother and daughter) offer beginning chapter-book readers a solid mystery filled with suspects, clues, possible ghosts, red herrings, and commentary about the detective process." Booklist, May 1, 2013
Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Trying to earn money to keep the local museum open, the Spotlight Club Kids—Cindy, Jay, and Dexter—stumble upon another mystery to solve. While in the graveyard, they each make a rubbing of an interesting tombstone to sell at the community yard sale the next day. Their work seems innocent enough until Chuck, the caretaker, comes along with his talk of ghosts. He also shows them the nearby bench, designed by a famous artist named Will Winslow. He is the father of Seraphina, who just happens to be buried at the site of Cindy's just-recently finished rubbing. When Cindy acquires a box of interesting-looking trash, she accidentally learns more about Seraphina. But is her newfound knowledge accidental or coincidental, or is there a ghostly reason behind it? Walk with the Spotlight Club Kids through the community yard sale as they unwittingly come across a whodunit. To make the case of the missing locket all the more mysterious, Cindy later finds a drawing of that very same locket. Young readers will enjoy this book in the Spotlight Club Mysteries series as they not only unlock the door to an unsolved mystery but uncover resources to allow the museum to remain open. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
Kirkus Reviews
After a long hiatus, the Spotlight Club Mysteries return with a new posthumous entry and a paperback reprint of another. Blond siblings Cindy and Jay, of indeterminate age, and their neighbor Dexter, distinct mainly because he wears glasses, solve mysteries together in a fictional town so mild it could be a Beverly Cleary setting. However, whereas the physical safety of Klickitat Street exists to highlight emotional and developmental depth, Parry and Pierce's town--Kenoska--houses whodunits (or what-is-its) that characters easily glide through, enthusiastic but free from disputes or sweat. In this world, adult strangers are no actual threat, and a child can pick up prescription medication. (In contrast, kid-made gravestone rubbings sell for $15 apiece. Really?) The kids bike around town between home and the cemetery, earning money to save a museum and forging connections among a wrought-iron bench, a missing locket, feuding adult sisters and a long-dead artist. Answers are too thin, results too perfect. A second title, publishing simultaneously, Mystery of the Bewitched Bookmobile, offers a bit more meat and interest--climbing into a bookmobile in the dark; decoding a painted sign--but feels even more dated due to old-fashioned telephone numbers and a librarian (Cindy's role model) who wants nothing more than to be asked on a date. White bread. Consider Jane O'Connor's Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth (2012) instead. (Mystery. 7-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807576953
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Series: Spotlight Club Mysteries
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,014,579
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations, but is best known for her many award-winning and best-selling books for children, including The Spotlight Club series and Some Things Are Scary. Florence Parry Heide passed away in 2011.

Roxanne Heide Pierce co-authored many books with her mother, Florence Parry Heide, including The Spotlight Club series and Always Listen to Your Mother. She passed away in 2012.

Sophie Escabasse has worked on diverse projects, mainly as an art director, graphic designer, and illustrator. She lives in France.

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