It's 1724 in Charles Town, South Carolina, and 12-year-old Rachel Howell is forbidden to see her only friend, Sally. When the girls meet secretly on a nearby island, they find mysterious carvings, a human skull...and more! Will Rachel survive a harrowing chase with pirates to solve the island mystery?
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Since her mother's death when she was just five years old, Rachel Howell has lived with her grandparents in the city of New York. The year is 1724, and Rachel is now twelve. Her father has finally sent for her, and she must make the sea journey from New York to Charles Town, South Carolina. When the ship is almost at its destination, pirates attack, and Rachel loses her most precious possession, a necklace that had belonged to her mother. When she finally arrives in Charles Town, Rachel is thrilled to finally be reunited with her father, but is devastated by the news that he plans to remarry and that his fiance, Miranda LeBoyer, will be arriving soon from Philadelphia. Rachel makes two friends, Sally and Todd, whose mother runs an inn. But at Miss LeBoyer's urging, Rachel's father forbids her to see her friends because they are from a lower class. Rachel and Sally decide to meet in a secret place, a small island near the city that they name Skull Island because they believe a pirate's treasure may be hidden there. After Rachel's father loses his fortune in a bad business deal, the friends begin to believe that his misfortune may have been caused by Miss LeBoyer, who is keeping a secret about his partner in the investment. I highly reccomend this book to young readers who enjoy historical fiction.
Mystery on skull island is my favorite of all the History Mysteries. The book begins with Rachel Howell on her way from New York to the hot, southern village of Charles Town to live with her father. While there she befriends a tavern keepers daughter who helps Rachel solve the mystery on Skull Island. The adventure starts while she is on board the Betsy Jo with her Grandfathers servant Roland. This book contains lieing pirates, narrow escapes, and many exciting happenings. There is never a dull moment while reading this suspenseful book.