Two youngsters' curiosity about an old grave leads them to the solution of their town's oldest mystery. When flowers appear for the first time on an old grave near their homes, Steve Patterson and Kendra Jordan try to find out who put them there and why. Their investigation leads them to uncover secrets about the grave and its history that they never suspected. Their search takes them all way the back to the Civil War and the Underground Railroad in The Case of the Lonely Grave.
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This book is one of those that makes you wonder why it hasn't gotten more attention than it has. It features two very attractive protagonists -- an African-American girl and a white boy -- a plot that kept my ten-year-old niece turning pages past bedtime, and a healthy dose of historical information about the Underground Railroad and what life was like for people in western Kentucky during the Civil War Era. The setting is contemporary, but Steve and Kendra do some probing into the past to answer their questions about an old grave that sits off by itself in their local cemetery. The book has a lot to offer young readers. As my niece said, 'I loved this book.'
When Steve Patterson, who is white, and Kendra Jordan, an African-American, notice flowers on one of the oldest graves in a cemetery near their homes, they wonder who put them there and why. Their attempt to answer those questions leads them back into the history of their small Kentucky town to the days of the Civil War and the Underground Railroad. This book would be a natural tie-in for Black History Month in an elementary school class. It raises serious issues in an action-packed narrative.