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Missing Grace: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)
     

Missing Grace: A Kit Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

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by Elizabeth McDavid Jones, Jean-Paul Tibbles (Illustrator)
 

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Kit writes a newspaper story about how her dog, Grace, saved the Kittredges and their boarders from a house fire. Grace becomes a local celebrity, and all the attention is a lot of fun for Kit--until the night Grace mysteriously vanishes. Who would take Kit's dog--and why?

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Kit writes a newspaper story about how her dog, Grace, saved the Kittredges and their boarders from a house fire. Grace becomes a local celebrity, and all the attention is a lot of fun for Kit--until the night Grace mysteriously vanishes. Who would take Kit's dog--and why?

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Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Featuring Kit Kitteridge, the American Girl living during the Great Depression, this "A Kit Mystery" novel picks up Kit's story after her report about Grace, her recently adopted dog, saving the family's boarding house from a fire is published in the local newspaper. Once readers gain an understanding of this past story, they can easily follow the narrative although there is a slight feel of missing something. This book begins when a new boarder moves into the Kitteridge home, demanding among other things that Grace sleep outside. On the first night, Grace disappears from the back porch, leading Kit to investigate as part of her cub reporter job for the Cincinnati Register and because she misses her dog. Along with her friends, Ruthie and Stirling, Kit solves a mystery involving dog thefts and gets her dog back. As with all "American Girl" books, this title ends with a chapter called, "Looking Back: A Peek into the Past," this time focusing on pets during the Great Depression and dog shows. The book's twelve chapters will keep any girl entertained, although the typical American Girl Mystery theme might bore the older or more mature reader who does not want to follow the same story of girl has problem, girl meets new adult friend who can help, girl solves mystery, all is well. There are twists to the plot, such as when Kit first suspects two neighborhood bullies of taking her dog, which will help children learn to deal with gaining all the information before falsely accusing someone. This book is a good fictional account of childhood during the Great Depression, with parents losing jobs and going elsewhere for work, children having to work to help support the family, and learning to entertain oneself without money. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593696672
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Inc
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Missing Grace: A Kit Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
choirgal04 More than 1 year ago
"Missing Grace" is one of a new crop of American Girl Mysteries just in time to offer summer reading fun for your own American Girl (and her grownup!) This is the fourth A.G. Mystery title to feature the ever-resourceful cub reporter Kit Kittredge, who always manages to triumph through the struggles of the Great Depression. Fans will recognize the "Grace" in the title as Kit's adopted Basset Hound, who recently has earned some fame as a local hero. Unfortunately, the Kittredge's fussy new boarder is unimpressed by Grace's celebrity status, and insists that the loyal hound sleep out on the porch; Kit's aggravation over their separation turns to anguish after Grace's first night outside, when her loveable dog mysteriously vanishes! Is Grace's disappearance somehow connected to the recent rash of show-dog thefts in the area? Kit is hot on the trail, along with her best friends Ruthie and Stirling. Which leads will turn into dead ends? There are enough red herrings to keep the mystery going, as well as sufficient clues that lead up to a plausible conclusion without loose ends. Also, unlike some other juvenile mysteries in which the kid-sleuths are unnecessarily reckless, Kit & Co. wisely seek advice and assistance from some trusted adults and, eventually, the authorities in order to nab the culprit. Along the way, we meet some engaging new characters, both old and young, and learn a bit about the world of dog breeding and showing, with perhaps some insight into Grace's background before she became Kit's beloved pet. Like every A.G. book, this one also features a small non-fiction section in the back, with photographs and interesting tidbits from the past. All in all, another solid American Girl Mystery. My girl and I both enjoyed it.
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