Thirteen-year-old Kasey Madrid finally has the freedom she's always wanted. Instead of putting up with sitters or camps, she can spend the summer home alone in their "new" house. Never mind that the house is a creepy old place built in the nineteenth century. The creep factor skyrockets when Kasey meets a nineteenth-century girl named Lizzie Bellows in the basement. It takes some time for Lizzie to convince Kasey she's not a ghost, though neither girl understands why they can see each other when they live 120 years apart. The difference in their worlds doesn't stop the two from becoming fast friends. Lizzie's life isn't easy though. In her time, her parents died in a fire many believe Lizzie started herself. As the summer passes and Kasey learns more about her own past, she is shocked to discover Lizzie is part of a terrible Madrid family secret. It's up to Kasey to go back to Lizzie's world to unlock the secret and clear Lizzie's name.
|Publisher:||Indigo Sea Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)|
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Dizzy Miss Lizzie by R.M. Clark is the story of thirteen-year-old Kasey Madrid. Kasey decides to spend the summer in her new home instead of going to camp. The house is a creepy old place built in the nineteenth century. The creepy factor in the story is enhanced by the presence of Lizzie Bellows, who is from the nineteenth century. It takes some time for Lizzie to convince Kasey that she is not a ghost. The difference of living in different times does not stop them from being good friends. As the summer comes to an end, Kasey learns more about Lizzie and her own past. She finds out that Lizzie is part of a family secret. Kasey has to help Lizzie clear her name. Will she be able to go back in time and unlock the secrets? The story adopts the interesting theme of time travel where two girls are from different times. The plot is thrilling and fast paced and holds the attention of the reader till the very end. The adventure, mystery, and intrigue angles have been worked out well by the author and woven into the story with great style. Both the characters are fun loving and the mystery surrounding Lizzie Bellows ignites the curious minds of young readers. It is a kind of mystery that all children will love reading. The contrasting times and the two girls trying to reduce the gap of years between them to become friends is what makes it an exciting read. An excellent story with the interesting concept of time travel woven with mystery, adventure, and intrigue.
Such a fun read. I liked the mystery surrounding Lizzie Bellows, and taking the ride with Kasey as she discovered the secrets. I also admired the amount of detail given to preserving the historical aspects - the clothes, scenery, transportation, etc of the Lizzie time period. It reminds me of the "Now and Then" film with the teenage girls solving the town mystery. My only complaint is that I wanted more of Lizzie. Her story can be another novel all on its own. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it!