The Cry of the Loon: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

The Cry of the Loon: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Barbara Steiner
     
 

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Samantha can't wait to take Nellie to Piney Point, Grandmary's summer home in the mountains. Samantha is sure that Nellie will love the lodge as much as she does. But the girls arrive to find Piney Point plagued with accidents--and Grandmary thinking of selling. Samantha and Nellie have to figure out what's going on before they lose Piney Point forever!

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Samantha can't wait to take Nellie to Piney Point, Grandmary's summer home in the mountains. Samantha is sure that Nellie will love the lodge as much as she does. But the girls arrive to find Piney Point plagued with accidents--and Grandmary thinking of selling. Samantha and Nellie have to figure out what's going on before they lose Piney Point forever!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
The "American Girls" have been the "girl power" series for quite some time now. In this latest installment, readers are taken back to the Adirondacks at the turn of the century. Samantha is excited about bringing her friend Nellie to meet her grandmother and to see the lodge; however, when she gets there, she begins to hear stories about accidents that seem to keep happening to the lodge and surrounding buildings. Grandmother thinks it is a sign that maybe they should sell the lodge to a developer that has been pressuring her, but Samantha and Nellie think a conspiracy may be at work. They set off to solve the mystery with an ever changing list of suspects including the manager's two annoying sons and a traveling painter who keeps showing up. For readers familiar with the "American Girls," this novel will be one more to add to their collection. The mystery makes sense, and the solution is a surprise, even though the clues are evident after the fact. The girls are likeable and easy to admire; however, readers who do not know about the series may have trouble following a few parts because the author expects them to know how the two girls and their two other traveling companions are related and at times refers back to situations that did not happen in this novel. It is a series book, and fans of this series will like it. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–In Shadows, Molly continues to do her patriotic duty by collecting scrap paper and costume jewelry and visiting the local veterans’ hospital with the Junior Red Cross, but she and others around her are growing weary of the war. Her father has returned uninjured but he isn’t his old, cheerful self; her favorite JRC leader mysteriously quits; and someone is interfering with Molly’s collections for the paper drive. Multiple red herrings interspersed throughout the story keep readers guessing until the somewhat tame denouement, and the “Looking Back” section fills in some details on life during the end of World War II. In Loon, Samantha and her adopted sister visit their Grandmary’s summer house. Samantha loves Piney Point and can’t wait to show Nellie around. Shortly after her arrival, she is dismayed to learn that her grandmother is considering selling the property after experiencing numerous maintenance problems with mysterious origins. Suspicious fires, sabotaged canoes, and other dangers give this mystery more drama and urgency than others in the series, but readers not already familiar with Samantha will have difficulty placing the setting and time period based on the book’s details. The “Looking Back” section helps to clarify some details about the attempts in the 1900s to develop this land in the Adirondacks.–Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593694807
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Cry of the Loon: A Samantha Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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My name is in the title!! My name is Samantha!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tittle of this book sounds scary but when you read it the book is not scary!!!
SlackerLibrarian More than 1 year ago
The ISBN # is wrong on this item. That's the ISBN for "A Growing Suspicion" a Rebecca Mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the title sounds a little scary