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Kidnapped in Key West
     

Kidnapped in Key West

by Edwina Raffa, Annelle Rigsby
 

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A daring adventure on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad!

Twelve-year-old Eddie Malone is living a carefree life swimming and fishing in the Florida Keys in 1912 when suddenly his world is turned upside down. His father, a worker on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, is thrown into jail for stealing the railroad payroll. Convinced that he is responsible for his pa

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A daring adventure on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad!

Twelve-year-old Eddie Malone is living a carefree life swimming and fishing in the Florida Keys in 1912 when suddenly his world is turned upside down. His father, a worker on Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, is thrown into jail for stealing the railroad payroll. Convinced that he is responsible for his pa's arrest, Eddie sets out for Key West with his faithful dog, Rex, on a daring mission to prove his father's innocence.

Eddie arrives in Key West as preparations are under way for the arrival of Flagler's first train. Eddie meets the Kimble twins, T. J. and Jen, who live at the Key West Lighthouse and are practicing for their part in the great celebration. They offer to help Eddie with his plan to find the real payroll thieves. Eddie finds them, all right, but they kidnap him and lock him aboard their sailboat. As the boat moves swiftly away from Key West, Eddie realizes he's in serious trouble.

Can Eddie escape from the clutches of the ruthless thieves? Will he ever get back home to Marathon? Most importantly, will Eddie be able to prove Pa's innocence?

Historical fiction, ages 8-12

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From the Publisher
"Kidnapped in Key West, will capture your child's imagination, just as it did my son's, while teaching him or her about an important event and amazing time in Florida's history."—John Blades, Executive Director, Flagler Museum

"Quickly captures the reader's attention with its suspense and adventure." —Pam LaRiviere, Florida Reading Association President 2008-2009

Children's Literature - Catherine Callegari
When Eddie Malone's father Frank is falsely accused and then jailed for stealing the payroll from his employer the Florida East Coast Railway, Eddie feels responsible. If he had obeyed his father instead of goofing off, his dad would have been at home instead of looking for Eddie. He never would have seen, or gone to check out the suspicious light in the paymaster's car. Determined to prove his father's innocence, Eddie and his faithful dog Rex track the real thieves from his hometown of Marathon to Key West, where the thieves kidnap him and leave Rex for dead. Along the way, Eddie endures some hardships but also makes some fast friends. In the end, Eddie manages to escape the thieves, prove his father's innocence, prevent a hold-up of the inaugural run of the Florida East Coast Railways Extension Special to Key West, and get a special invitation to be on that inaugural trip. Raffa and Rigsby cram a lot of railyway history, information about the Florida Keys, and other miscellaneous information into their story. Surprisingly, racism is not mentioned despite one of Eddie's good friends being a black man and the story's setting being 1912. Unfortunately, the steady stream of information is not seamlessly woven into the plot. The dialog seems forced; overall, the writing is ungainly. These flaws may be overlooked by those who are able to focus on the story's adventure plot or by those more interested in the historical information. Contains a glossary of historical notes. Reviewer: Catherine Callegari

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561645374
Publisher:
Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date:
03/25/2012
Series:
Florida Historical Fiction for Youth Series
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
89,049
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Edwina Raffa graduated from Florida State University and Florida Atlantic University before becoming a classroom teacher and counselor. She is the coauthor with Annelle Rigsby of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She divides her time between Florida and North Carolina.

A graduate of Ohio University and Georgia State University, Annelle Rigsby taught in elementary and middle schools and served as a curriculum specialist. She is the coauthor with Edwina Raffa of the children’s novels Kidnapped in Key West and Escape to the Everglades. She lives in Florida with her husband.

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