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The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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Kirsten Larson has been living on the Minnesota frontier for only a few weeks when her neighbor and friend, Erik Sandahl, disappears. Erik had promised to help the Larsons at harvest time--and he owes Uncle Olav money. Has Erik run out on his promises? Everyone seems to think so--except Kirsten. Can she figure out what's happened to her friend?

Takes place in 1854.

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Overview


Kirsten Larson has been living on the Minnesota frontier for only a few weeks when her neighbor and friend, Erik Sandahl, disappears. Erik had promised to help the Larsons at harvest time--and he owes Uncle Olav money. Has Erik run out on his promises? Everyone seems to think so--except Kirsten. Can she figure out what's happened to her friend?

Takes place in 1854.

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Gr 3-5

This installment in the popular series follows the adventures of a young Swede adjusting to life on the Minnesota frontier in the mid 1800s. When her neighbor Erik, who had promised to help her family with the harvest, mysteriously vanishes, leaving an unpaid loan behind, Kirsten is determined to find out what happened to him. Despite her family's opinion that he merely ran away from his responsibilities, she feels that he may have had different motives. Against her parents' wishes, she investigates and discovers several clues that lead to the truth of Erik's disappearance. Throughout the story, the author weaves in information about the dangers of frontier life, and the narrative concludes with interesting historical notes describing what life was like for these early immigrants.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593692988
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: American Girl Mysteries Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 77,555
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 6.91 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    A Mystery About Friendship And Caring

    The Runaway Friend written bvy Kathleen Ernst is an American Girl mystery book about a young pioneer girl growing up on the American Frontier wth her family form Sweden; Kirsten Larson. Growing up on the frontier requires much farmwork and sometimes, the farmwork needs animals like oxen to get it done. That's what Kirsten's family has recently bought, oxen to help plow the soil, so the work could be much easier. However, one day, the Larson family's oxen is taken away from them, because they can't pay back the money. The reason for this, is because one of Kirsten's friends, Erik was to pay the family back money he owes to them, but Erik goes missing. Kristen's relatives think Erik ran away because he couldn't pay back the money. They find Erik selfish for doing this, but Kirsten doesn't think that's the reason. Kirsten knows Erik would never do such a thing, so she sets out to investigate. She figures there must be a good reason why Erik has left. She searches through his cabin, and finds some confusing clues. Each clue seems to bring up more questions to Kirsten's mind. Slowly, though, she is beginning to find more answers, too. No matter what, Kirsten is determined to help her friend, Erik, and to prove that he wasn't running away for his own selfishness. I think this mystery proves the strength of friendship and caring for others, and not just mystery, which is why I think it does deserve five stars. It can prove easily to anyone who reads it how important friendship and to care for others, other than just yourself and to provide a good read. I would definitely recommend this book to any girl who's got a heart for caring, and a love for American Girl and the Kirsten Larson historical character. This is also for any girl who loves American history and would like to know more about the time of the pioneers in America. I Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did-maybe even more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Sweden Comes to America.

    The Runaway Friend - A Kirsten Mystery - American Girl by Kathleen Ernst has a great storyline with well-developed characters. There are plenty of twists & turns in this novel to capture your attention and keep you intrigued. Things are not as they appear to be and some assumptions made about key characters are found to be incorrect. You'll be surprised by the truth. *This is an enjoyable novel for leisure reading. **The other American Girl mysteries are worth reading, you will probably enjoy them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    100 out of 100

    Love this book
    Love kristen the most

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Good

    Kind of boring at first but then it gets realy good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Great book!

    A great mystery book about friendship

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