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