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Seeking Signs
     

Seeking Signs

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by Staci Angelina Mercado
 
The 2013 Midwest Book Award winner for historical fiction.

One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer's death shocked her rural Iowa community. A young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn on a rainy summer morning in 1913. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family members were not convinced.

Was it suicide-or was it murder?

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The 2013 Midwest Book Award winner for historical fiction.

One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer's death shocked her rural Iowa community. A young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn on a rainy summer morning in 1913. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family members were not convinced.

Was it suicide-or was it murder?

Seeking Signs, based on actual events, is the story of a young girl's search for answers in the wake of a family tragedy. To solve the mystery of her older sister's puzzling death, 13-year-old Elsie follows tips from a booklet titled "The Baum Detective Agency Course." As she begins observing and gathering evidence, Elsie encounters clues that call into question the coroner's report and lead her into a shadowy world of deceit and betrayal. Elsie's notebook and entries from Minnie's diary reveal an unexpected truth: a truth that interprets a young wife's troubled past in a community not as safe as it seems.

Seeking Signs takes the reader into a world steeped in history and superstition. As Elsie hunts for signs, her voice brings the time period and its people to life. The answers she finds take her investigation to a conclusion that changes the path of her life forever and ultimately catapults her from innocence to a compelling coming of age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615830810
Publisher:
Four Feathers Press
Publication date:
06/13/2013
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Staci Mercado is the mother of four boys, a wife, a late bloomer, a delayed gratification artist, an obsessive-compulsive flare-up survivor, a small scale chicken farmer, a garden dirt junkie, a teacher, a voracious reader, a story collector, and a teller of tales. More of her stories can be viewed at staciangelinamercado.com

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Seeking Signs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
srain-dog More than 1 year ago
What a fun story! Based on true events that took place in Elvira, Iowa in 1913, this detective story is told from the vantage point of a thirteen year ol girl. Her beloved sister is found hanged in the barn. Was it really suicide or a murder?  I especially enjoyed the tale from the point of view of a local resident. It is fun having the history of the small Eastern Iowa towns where I have spent most of my adult life so masterly woven into a riveting mystery thriller.
ILoveToReadLH More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story based on real people and places . Get a little lost in a story.