The campfire smoke rises to the sky and a shriek pierces the night. Roberta brings her family to her hometown of Manawa, Wisconsin, where thirty years earlier, she and her brothers discover something very odd in the woods: the grave of a young girl and the mound of an Indian warrior. Roberta's grandfather tells the tale of how the Indian warrior Manawa challenged the tribal chief to a duel and lost. The story intrigues Bobby, but she wants to know more about the young girl's grave. Bobby learns bits and pieces about Catherine Carmody, daughter of a wealthy lumber baron who literally owned the town in the 1870s. She is visited by Catherine's ghost, who leads Bobby on a journey to find the truth. Bobby discovers that the Carmody family's past is anything but pleasant, and that the wealthy lumber baron and the Indian chief shared a deadly secret. . . .
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The first thing that intrigued me about this book was the setting¿Manawa, Wisconsin, which is not far from my hometown of Appleton. I believe I once attended a rodeo in Manawa. The book takes its cue from Manawa's history. The book deals with a fatal duel among an Indian chief and one of the Braves. It also entwines with the family history of the lumber baron in the town¿and gives a plausible reason why the settlement was called ¿Manawa¿ instead of ¿Carmodyville.¿ The novel starts with a girl named Bobby exploring the woods outside Manawa with her brothers when they find the lonely and forlorn grave of Catherine Carmody. But why was this solitary grave site out in the woods¿and next to an Indian burial mound to boot? And the mound bore the inscription ¿Manawa.¿ Why is the town's name on this mound, chiseled onto a rock? Bobby begins to explore the story of Catherine and the Carmody family, a family that was once the most influential family in the village as Mr. Carmody was a lumber baron and controlled the town. Seems Mr. Carmody did not like the nearby Indians. A Carmody son allegedly was killed fighting the Indian Wars in the army. Mrs. Carmody (Constance), it was said, was tried for bringing diphtheria from the Indians to the village. Along the way Bobby explores the Carmody residence that is now a Bed and Breakfast. (Was the Lindsay House B&B the inspiration for this aspect of the story?) She also sees the ghost of Catherine Carmody, explores the old Carmody mill, and meets with a reclusive woodsman who not only knows Bobby and her brothers, but seems to know a lot about the Carmody's, the nearby Indians, and the brave named Manawa. This fascinating tale of ghosts, death, missing persons, and interaction between hated peoples makes for a fascinating story. The strange twists the story takes is almost out of a plot of a David Lynch movie (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks). It ties history with contemporary and does it at the child's level, a la Nancy Drew or The Bobsey Twins. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Victorian Visitor is a chilling tale of a young girl who comes upon 2 graves dating back to the late 1800's. When the ghost of one of the graves starts to visit Roberta, she learns the truth about a lumber baron's daughter and a handsome Indian warrior. Author Robin Glocke spins a story that involves the reader so much that you find it hard stop reading. An excellent use of sensory preception makes this a fun and educating way to learn about history. Based on a true story, Glocke has captured my attention! A real must read for teens and adults!