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Title:
Betrayal at Cross Creek
Author:
Ernst, Kathleen, 1959-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co. Publications, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
163 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 21 cm.
Summary:
Twelve-year-old Elspeth Monro, a Scottish settler and weaver's apprentice on the North Carolina frontier in 1775, must find out who is betraying her Loyalist family during the months before the start of the Revolutionary War.
General Note:
"American girl."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.0 5.0 78029.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.7 9 Quiz: 41261.
ISBN:
9781584858782

9781584858799
Format :
Book

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Orphaned 12-year-old Elspeth Monro lives with her Scottish immigrant grandparents in North Carolina. The brewing American Revolution feels very far away to Elspeth and her Scottish neighbors--until someone tries to force them to join the rebels. Illustrations.


Author Notes

Kathleen Ernst received a degree in forestry from West Virginia University. Before becoming a full time writer in 2004, she worked at an outdoor living history museum called Old World Wisconsin for 12 years and as a television writer. Her first published historical fiction novels were The Night Riders of Harpers Ferry and The Bravest Girl in Sharpsburg. She has also written numerous American Girl novels including 6 books about Caroline Abbott published in 2012. Her other works include Hearts of Stone, the Chloe Ellefson Mystery series, and the nonfiction book Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-10. In North Carolina in 1775, Elspeth MacKinnon, 12, and her grandparents are refugees from Scotland and the brutal war with Britain that killed Elspeth's parents. Patriots in America want to fight the Loyalists who support the British king, and Elspeth's grandparents are split about which side they are on; they're not even sure about whether to fight at all. Suspense builds, new war breaks out, Elspeth's cousin is killed, and her grandfather arrested. Who is spying on the family? Can Elspeth trust her English friends? At times the author's research shows, and the plot bogs down with daily details--what the people eat and wear and how they make it. But characters are drawn with extraordinary depth, especially the women at home; wounded by past wars, Grandmother is bitter and angry. The shocking solution to the mystery of who has betrayed the family reveals the anguished history as well as the truth about those who join the militia but are not sure why. A competent entry in the History Mysteries series. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-A little-known aspect of the American Revolution comes alive in this absorbing novel set in 1775. Elspeth Monro and her grandparents recently moved from Scotland to North Carolina to escape the poverty and political instability of their homeland and are forced to choose sides in the brewing conflict. Elspeth tries to live a normal life, spending time with friends and learning to become a weaver. However, local Patriots continually confront the members of her family, using scare tactics to try and persuade her grandfather and cousins to join their cause. Even more disturbing, the Patriots seem able to anticipate the family members' whereabouts, suggesting that someone is spying on them. This well-told story has an intriguing plot, and details about the Scottish settlers and life in the Colonies are carefully integrated into the narrative. The element of mystery keeps readers guessing and the family's betrayer is truly a surprise. Each character is three-dimensional, with complex reasons motivating his or her behavior. A helpful section with information about the time period rounds out the description of this unique segment of history.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.