The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery (American Girl Mysteries Series)

by Kathryn Reiss


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ISBN-13: 9781593694760
Publisher: American Girl Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2009
Series: American Girl Mysteries Series
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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The Tangled Web: A Julie Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CheesyPrincess More than 1 year ago
The Tangled Web written by Kathryn Reiss is an American Girl mystery about Julie Albright, an American Girl, or AG, historical character growing up in the 1970's. Julie's parents are divorced, so most of the time, on school days, basically, Julie lives with her mom and older sister, Tracy. On weekends, Julie lives with her dad. In general, Julie lives in different places of San Francisco when she switches places back and forth. There is a new girl at Julie's school, and her name is Carla Warner. Julie and her other school friends become friends with Carla, and Carla starts to tell Julie stories about her family. Carla says her family is rich, and some of her family members are spies/secret agents. Carla says she helps out, by spying on a woman named Barb, who is supposedly a criminal. Carla even shows Julie, and her best friend, Ivy her ground house, or "Painted Lady", but for some reason, begs them to leave when a man comes to the house. When Julie's dad take her and Ivy to the farmer's market, they see Carla working at a stand with Barb, and sees Barb point a knife at her. Carla also doesn't have as many items for luch as Julie and her friends do at school. Julie and Ivy are starting to worry for Carla, and think that Carla might be in grave danger. Julie is determined to help and protect her friend, and tries to find ansers, but as she searches for answers, the mystery only seems to get deeper, and Julie has more questions than ever. This mystery is a great book that you just can't put down, until you have finished the entire story. Four stars to Kathryn Reiss for a great story to curl up on the couch and read. Not only will this mystery keep you mystified, and keep guessing for the answers, it will also warm your heart for this book takes place a the time of Thyanksgiving. Julie and her mother and Tracy are even going to host a Thanksgiving party! When you have finished the book, it will make you realize the importance of family, hope, forgiveness, friendship, and giving thanks. This mystery greatly warmed my heart, and I hope it is the same for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars!i was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book! Tells a great story of friendship and gives a lesson on telling the truth. A lot of parts got me on the edge of my seat!!!!
keristars on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I picked up and read this book primarily for two reasons. One: I collect the American Girls series, especially the new mysteries. Two: I love the old school series mysteries (Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Bobbsey Twins, &c) and the American Girl Mysteries follow that tradition rather nicely.Prior to reading The Tangled Web, I had only read the first book in the Julie series, and was only vaguely familiar with the events occurring later. Luckily, knowledge of the series is not required to enjoy this book. It takes place a week or two before Thanksgiving and a month (maybe two months) after the events in Changes for Julie, so any major plot bits from the main series have been tied up and are only referred to as necessary in The Tangled Web.What this book doesn't explain, is whether or not Julie is a credulous, almost naive character in the primary series. She is definitely gullible in The Tangled Web - in fact, it's almost impossible to give any description of the basic plot or mystery without giving away the game, because it's so obvious early on. Of course, the older reader does have the book's title to help out, too. Kids might not be aware of the Sir Walter Scott quote that ends "when we practice to deceive," though, so the author helpfully put it at the end of the book.So the mystery plot begins with a girl named Carla who is new to school and who right away tells some pretty fantastic stories that anyone except Julie (apparently) would right away recognize as fabrications. For example, when she tells Julie, TJ, and Joy that her brothers go to a school named Maxwell Academy, she is looking out the window of the cafeteria and pauses before saying the name of the school. Immediately, the three friends note the coincidence that they can all see a Maxwell Coffee House sign right out that same window.Carla continues to make up stories and Julie continues to be suckered in until suddenly, she is faced with the truth that Carla is lying, and then the mystery of Carla's true identity surfaces. Meanwhile, the Albright family is preparing for Thanksgiving with some of the disabled men from the Veteran's Society, but older sister Tracy fears these vets because of their disabilities. This introduces a theme of disabled rights and the work that people did for them in the 1970s.I can't say that I hated this book, because I didn't. It was a fun read and pretty much exactly what I expected from something in the series mystery tradition. I was frustrated with how Julie was so incredibly stupid sometimes, but I accept that this book is being didactic in that respect, and that it's both a decent mystery and lesson for the target age group. (Actually, I wonder that 9-11 year olds might think that the mystery's solution is too obvious, too, and that the actual goal is for a sense of satisfaction at having figured out the mystery before or at the same time as the protagonist.)
prkcs on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In 1977 San Francisco, Julie wants to be just like her new friend Carla, until she discovers that Carla is either in big danger or telling big lies.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Julie immediately befriends Carla, the new girl at school, because she remembers what it's like to be new. Carla's life sounds fascinating to Julie, but things don't quite add up. There's a mystery about Carla, and Julie is determined to solve it. When she does she discovers problems, and solutions, too.
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Its a great book:) It has great deatal and is sary but at the its not sary
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