The Secret of Dead Man's Mine (A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery)

The Secret of Dead Man's Mine (A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery)

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by Rodney Johnson, Jill Thompson
     
 

School's almost over for the year in the sleepy tourist town of Plainsville, South Dakota, but there's still plenty of time for weird happenings. That's why sleuth-minded teenager Rinnah Two Feathers isn't too surprised when she spots a mysterious stranger poking around the haunted, long-abandoned Jackson house. She's sure there's more going on than meets the eye…  See more details below

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School's almost over for the year in the sleepy tourist town of Plainsville, South Dakota, but there's still plenty of time for weird happenings. That's why sleuth-minded teenager Rinnah Two Feathers isn't too surprised when she spots a mysterious stranger poking around the haunted, long-abandoned Jackson house. She's sure there's more going on than meets the eye, so Rinnah enlists the help of her friends, Tommy Red Hawk and Meagen Paige, and together they set out to crack the mystery, hampered by final exams, schoolyard bullies, and meddling adults. But they must be onto something, because it isn't long before they find themselves in deadly danger when they stumble across ... The Secret of Dead Man's Mine. Features a cover and ten interior illustrations by Jill Thompson.

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Gr 5-7-A thematically rich story that handles friendship, death, and familial love in a subtle and tender manner. Since the death of her father three years ago, Rinnah Two Feathers and her mother have learned to move on with their lives, running a successful lodge in a quiet community at the edge of the Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Longing for adventure, Rinnah finds more than she can handle when she spies a suspicious stranger lurking around the abandoned Jackson house and decides to investigate. She and her friends Tommy Red Hawk and Meagan Paige set out to crack the mystery, hampered by final exams, schoolyard bullies, and a meddlesome realtor looking to buy the Circle Feather Lodge from Rinnah's mother. Their inquisitiveness leads to danger when they come face to face with a possible killer. Strong characterization, fast-paced action, and well-structured chapters make for an interesting mystery that will keep readers guessing. Rinnah is a strong, independent, and resourceful protagonist who takes pride in her Native American heritage, and the author's exploration of contemporary Native American culture is insightful and interesting.-Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966347333
Publisher:
UglyTown
Publication date:
04/15/2001
Series:
Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.05(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The Secret of Dead Man's Mine (A Rinnah Two Feathers Mystery) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Do you remember the thrill of reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries growing up? The straight-forward stories kept you guessing until the last page, and they were filled with characters you liked and could identify with. If so, it's time to rejoice! 'The Secret of Dead Man's Mine' brought back wonderful memories of those old-fashioned (in a very good way) mysteries, while updating the concept by making the lead character a Lakota Sioux Indian girl -- just imagine a Native American Nancy Drew. And at a time when many so-called 'children's books' are nothing more than toy commercials, 'The Secret of Dead Man's Mine' is a breath of fresh air. Author Rodney Johnson takes us into a fascinating world with a plot that is simple but extremely effective -- by being naturally inquisitive, Rinnah Two Feathers finds herself in the middle of a mystery that leads to a search for the legendary Dead Man's Mine. Fortunately for us, the clever writing, the glimpse that the book provides into the Indian world and the fun illustrations (by Jill Thompson of Scary Godmother fame!) take this book to the next level. Rinnah is the type of girl you want to know, and her best friends, Tommy and Meagen, are wonderful, fully drawn characters, similar to the kids in the Harry Potter series. In fact, all of the characters are not only interesting but also integral to the story, such as the bullies at school, the Indian family members and the numerous adults staying at the lodge run by Rinnah's mom. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that it was both surprising and satisfying. I can't wait for the next Rinnah Two Feathers book!