Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic (American Girl History Mysteries)

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9781584857198: Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic (American Girl History Mysteries)

In 1925, after witnessing the violent actions of some gangsters, twelve-year-old Emily accompanies her older sister on a trip to a luxurious hotel on the New Jersey shore but worries that the gangsters have come to the same hotel. Includes historical notes on the time period.

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Gr. 4-6. This adventure story from the History Mysteries series takes place in 1925. After 12-year-old Emily witnesses gangsters beating up a neighborhood store owner, she fears that they will come after her, as they have threatened. She accepts a timely invitation to join her sister for a week at a posh seaside hotel in New Jersey and feels relieved to think that she is leaving her troubles back in Philadelphia. However, a glimpse of one of the gangsters on the boardwalk alerts her to danger and leads her to enlist the help of a new friend. Gwen, who wears braces because of polio, proves a resourceful ally. Together, they spy on the gangster and plot his downfall. Buckey succeeds in telling a suspenseful story with a likable heroine while communicating a great deal about 1920s attitudes, class distinctions, social problems, and dress. Attractive crosshatched drawings appear at chapter heads.The appended nonfiction section, "Looking Back: 1925," offers information about the period, small photos, and a map. Carolyn Phelan
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