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The smuggler's treasure
Buckey, Sarah Masters, 1955-
First edition.
Publication Information:
Middelton, Wis. : Pleasant Co. Publications, [1999]

Physical Description:
163 pages : color illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.
General Note:
"American girl."
Reading Level:
"Intrigue for girls 10 and up"--cover p. [4].

670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 5.0 34691.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.2 9 Quiz: 23925.
Added Uniform Title:
American girl (Middleton, Wis.)
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Juvenile Fiction Easy Fiction
X Juvenile Fiction Series
X Juvenile Fiction Series
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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.

Elisabet comes face to face with a famous pirate when she tries to free her father, who is a prisoner in the War of 1812.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Launching the History Mysteries series, this swiftly paced, light novel takes readers to Louisiana during the War of 1812. After Elisabet Holder's widower father, the wealthy London-born captain of a merchant ship, is captured by the British, the 11-year-old travels from their home in Boston to New Orleans to live with her aunt and uncle. Once there, Elisabet learns that the family has fallen on hard times and she is expected to work in the couple's bakery. Accustomed to servants, the girl initially scoffs at the idea of working but soon adapts to her new life and forms a friendship with her co-worker and roommate. When a shady character stops into the bakery and conveniently mentions a hidden treasure map, Elisabet sees a way to procure her father's ransom. As a mystery, this is lean on suspense and intrigue, yet Buckey conveys a credible sense of time and place. Taking a cue from the American Girls Collection books, the volume concludes with a section, "Looking Back: 1814," that describes the American political scene as well as the cultural and social climate of French-influenced New Orleans. Ages 10-up. (Sept.) FYI: Four additional titles, due out the same month, are: Hoofbeats of Danger, set in 1860, by Holly Hughes; The Night Flyers, a WWI novel by Elizabeth McDavid Jones; Secrets on 26th Street (1914), also by Jones; and Voices at Whisper Bend, a WWII novel by Katherine Ayres. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Pirates and Pickpocketsp. 1
Chapter 2 Alonep. 10
Chapter 3 An Unexpected Introductionp. 19
Chapter 4 Haunted?p. 34
Chapter 5 The Missing Mapp. 49
Chapter 6 A Captain's Ransomp. 59
Chapter 7 Footsteps Downstairsp. 73
Chapter 8 Treasure Searchp. 86
Chapter 9 Disturbing Newsp. 97
Chapter 10 A Ghostly Visitorp. 107
Chapter 11 Dangerous Discoveryp. 116
Chapter 12 Escape into the Stormp. 124
Chapter 13 A Mysterious Meetingp. 133
Chapter 14 A Pirate's Promisep. 142
A Peek into the Pastp. 155
Glossary of French Wordsp. 162