Based on the extraordinary true story of America's first-ever female detective, this fast-paced adventure recounts feats of daring and danger...including saving the life of Abraham Lincoln!
Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt's doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it's the miserable Home for the Friendless.
Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate...and not just by helping out with household chores. For Kate Warne is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||7.60(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Kate Hannigan is the author of the Cupcake Cousins series. She is a former journalist and lives in Chicago with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an empowering tale of a young teen and her aunt, inspired by the real Kate Warne, Pinkerton's first female detective, in the tumultuous days leading up to President Lincoln's inauguration. Hannigan deftly weaves in interesting facts about America's history when it was still young enough to have only 33 states! I loved spying those unique details, and the crafty adventures of sleuthing kept the action high and fun.
A great kids book.
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AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4 Nell has had a series of losses: shootings, fevers, scaldings and various other maladies have taken all of her family but for her aunt, Kate. Left unceremoniously at her aunt’s door, Nell has to find a way to make herself indispensable, while causing no trouble for an aunt who doesn’t really want her or the memories of her family, and is busy in her own pursuits. Her work often involved disguise and travel, and the girl would just be in the way. Nell, however, has the ability to parse conversations, notice things that would be concealed from adults, and her memory is wonderful. She’s more than able to find and remember important details that aid her aunt in her investigations. But, she knows that only by discovering the real reasons behind the death of Aunt Kitty’s husband will endear her to Kitty, and perhaps remove some of the dour and pinched outlook Kitty has for the world, and her in particular. Fast paced, Nell will steal your hear with her clever phrasing, her insightful comments and her zest for learning more. At just eleven, Nell is far older than her years would indicate, and her willing ness and delight in each new mystery, each disguise and revelation are truly wonderfully written and expressed. Insets of actual pre-civil war history including slavery, the Underground Railroad and the Baltimore Plot and Abraham Lincoln. Most intriguing is the correspondence between Nell and her friend Jemma, who with her family have moved to Canada. As free blacks, they ostensibly had freedom, but the threats from slave catchers and less-than-honest bounty hunters is one to avoid. Through their correspondence, we see the practice of codes and ciphers, details about Abolitionists and the elements integral to the Underground Railroad. Narration for this story is provided by Christine Lakin, and her presentation is spot-on, character voices are distinct and clearly enunciated and pleasant to listen to. Emotions are clearly presented without overwhelming the text, while the subtle inflections, pauses and pacing help to provide a context for the words that could be challenging for the target audience. Smooth presentation keeps this fast-paced story with plenty of action and adventure clear to follow, and the neat insertions of historical facts and descriptive asides help to build imagery that is easy to grasp and relate to. A wonderful example of history coming to life: solidly grounded in the mid-1800’s social conventions and language, approachable by the easy reading style and captivating heroine Nell. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
I kissed my hand 3 times