Watcher in the Piney Woods (American Girl History Mysteries Series #9)

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It's 1865. Near the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie Willis learns that her brother Jacob has been killed while fighting in the Confederate army. Torn by grief, she runs to the secret thicket in the piney woods that she and Jacob loved -- and stumbles smack into the hideout of a crazed deserter. Cassie escapes, but she can't forget the deserter's threats ... or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Is the deserter spying on her family from the woods, ...
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It's 1865. Near the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie Willis learns that her brother Jacob has been killed while fighting in the Confederate army. Torn by grief, she runs to the secret thicket in the piney woods that she and Jacob loved -- and stumbles smack into the hideout of a crazed deserter. Cassie escapes, but she can't forget the deserter's threats ... or shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Is the deserter spying on her family from the woods, planning to steal from them -- or worse?

In 1865, while helping her family keep their Virginia farm going through the end of the Civil War, twelve-year-old Cassie meets a Confederate deserter and a Yankee prisoner of war and tries to discover who has been stealing from the farm.

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Times are difficult for the Willis family. Ma and her four children struggle to make ends meet while Pa and the oldest sibling, Jacob, are off fighting for the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Twelve-year-old Cassie misses the close relationship she had with Jacob and finds it difficult to find common passions with her other siblings. When word reaches home that her beloved brother has died fighting, Cassie flees to her favorite hiding spot, only to meet and be threatened by a Confederate deserter. Although Cassie escapes the clutches of the dangerous stranger, she cannot escape the fear of him finding her home and her precious family. This story, part of the American Girl "History Mysteries," continues in full suspense and intrigue. Many "big concepts" are broached within its pages--loving your enemy, accepting sibling faults, family hierarchy and maturing from girl to woman. The author's attempt to draw in so many subjects drags the story line and makes the reading laborious at times. However, the story does allow the reader to take a glimpse at life during war, and the "Peek into the Past" historical chapter educates about these challenging times. 2000, Pleasant Company,
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Gr 5-7-The final year of the Civil War has brought hard times to much of the South, including the Willis homestead in southern Virginia. Day-to-day problems are commonplace, but nothing could prepare the family for the devastating news of oldest brother Jacob's death in battle. Then, while grieving privately in the nearby woods, 12-year-old Cassie is terrorized by a crazed and violent Confederate deserter, escaping only because of her dog's courage. A search indicates the man has moved on, but after a short time, things inexplicably begin to go missing from the house and farm. Cassie wonders if the family is really safe, and determines to find out why she often feels she is being watched. The puzzle is worked out in an entertaining, if lightweight, plot, offering enjoyable leisure reading. The appended six-page historical view of 1865 gives an appealing, concise glimpse at a pivotal year in U.S. history, accompanied by excellent black-and-white and full-color illustrations from the period.-Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584850908
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: American Girl History Mysteries Series , #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    awesome

    at first i thought it was confusing but once i understood it i thought it was the best book ever i told all my friends to read it and know all my friends talk about it everyday i loved it loved it loved it if you are a stuck reader i highly prefer this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    AWESOME

    great suspense and couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Just as Boring as Secerets on 26th Street

    This one was boreing. It seemed to rushed. It wasn't very exciting either. When I saw that this was written by Ms. Jones I wanted to read because she did such a good job The Night Flyers (despite her other one Secerets on 26th Street). I was dissapointed when I finished it because it was just like Secerets on 26th Street. If you didn't like Secerets on 26th Street then I wouldn't bnother reading this one. The only reason I give this one 3 stars is because it is well written.

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