The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)


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Kirsten Larson has been living on the Minnesota frontier for only a few weeks when her neighbor and friend, Erik Sandahl, disappears. Erik had promised to help the Larsons at harvest time--and he owes Uncle Olav money. Has Erik run out on his promises? Everyone seems to think so--except Kirsten. Can she figure out what's happened to her friend?

Takes place in 1854.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593692988
Publisher: American Girl Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Series: American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning author, educator and social historian. She has published fifteen novels and one nonfiction book, including her bestselling American Girl mystery, Danger at the Zoo, which was an Agatha Award finalist in the category of best children’s/young adult mystery. She took an interpreter job at Old World Wisconsin and later worked as a Curator of Interpretation and Collections at the historical site.

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The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
The Runaway Friend written bvy Kathleen Ernst is an American Girl mystery book about a young pioneer girl growing up on the American Frontier wth her family form Sweden; Kirsten Larson. Growing up on the frontier requires much farmwork and sometimes, the farmwork needs animals like oxen to get it done. That's what Kirsten's family has recently bought, oxen to help plow the soil, so the work could be much easier. However, one day, the Larson family's oxen is taken away from them, because they can't pay back the money. The reason for this, is because one of Kirsten's friends, Erik was to pay the family back money he owes to them, but Erik goes missing. Kristen's relatives think Erik ran away because he couldn't pay back the money. They find Erik selfish for doing this, but Kirsten doesn't think that's the reason. Kirsten knows Erik would never do such a thing, so she sets out to investigate. She figures there must be a good reason why Erik has left. She searches through his cabin, and finds some confusing clues. Each clue seems to bring up more questions to Kirsten's mind. Slowly, though, she is beginning to find more answers, too. No matter what, Kirsten is determined to help her friend, Erik, and to prove that he wasn't running away for his own selfishness. I think this mystery proves the strength of friendship and caring for others, and not just mystery, which is why I think it does deserve five stars. It can prove easily to anyone who reads it how important friendship and to care for others, other than just yourself and to provide a good read. I would definitely recommend this book to any girl who's got a heart for caring, and a love for American Girl and the Kirsten Larson historical character. This is also for any girl who loves American history and would like to know more about the time of the pioneers in America. I Hope you enjoy this book as much as I did-maybe even more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
The Runaway Friend - A Kirsten Mystery - American Girl by Kathleen Ernst has a great storyline with well-developed characters. There are plenty of twists & turns in this novel to capture your attention and keep you intrigued. Things are not as they appear to be and some assumptions made about key characters are found to be incorrect. You'll be surprised by the truth. *This is an enjoyable novel for leisure reading. **The other American Girl mysteries are worth reading, you will probably enjoy them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book Love kristen the most
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of boring at first but then it gets realy good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mystery book about friendship
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kirsten and her family are very new to America when this mystery takes place: they find themselves homesick and a little afraid. They also discover that they have new friends and neighbors who are willing to help them out. One of their friends, however, is suspected of running out on his loan. Kirsten doesn't think he'd do that, and she works hard to look for clues to discover why he has disappeared. It turns out that his sister was in trouble, and he hurried to help her without even thinking about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book