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The night flyers
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid, 1958-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Middleton, Wis. : Pleasant Co. Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
145 pages : color illustrations, map ; 21.
In 1918, caring for her family's homing pigeons while her father is away fighting in World War I, twelve-year-old Pam comes to suspect that a mysterious stranger in her small North Carolina town is a German spy.
General Note:
"American girl."
Reading Level:
"Intrigue for girls 10 and up"--cover p. [4].

710 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 5.0 34692.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.1 8 Quiz: 23938 Guided reading level: W.
Added Uniform Title:
American girl (Middleton, Wis.)

Format :


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Material Type
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X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Series

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These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past.

When Pam's homing pigeons disappear while her father's away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-This American Girl History Mystery richly details the hobby of keeping homing pigeons whose use in World War I is crucial to the plot. Set in coastal North Carolina, the book by Elizabeth McDavid Jones (Pleasant Co., 1999) won the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Children's Mystery, and this audio version narrated by Stina Nielsen justifiably earns a place in any collection catering to American Girl fans. Local color in the form of daily rural and small town routines, one room schoolhouse life, and the problems of poor families with their men gone to war make this an informative as well as interesting book. Pam Lowder at 12 struggles with missing her father, caring for an exceptional pigeon loft with rare night flying birds, school taunting and, finally, an unbelievable offer by a man with a German accent. Fear of spies causes Pam to investigate surreptitiously, and the possible range of suspects who might have stolen her valuable birds gradually emerges and is dealt with. A fairly surprising resolution to the mystery ends this story, but a valuable and informative afterword gives listeners more details about this historical time period and the place of homing pigeons in it. Nielsen provides the voice of Pam and all the speakers; however her clear voice with excellent diction is sometimes at odds with the author's attempts to use contemporary rural Southern speech patterns. Nevertheless, as a way to continue encouraging interest in historical events through the eyes of likable and enterprising young heroines, this recorded version rates highly.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.