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Josefina has heard tales and legends all her life: rumors of gold and silver buried in the hills, and even tales of a ghostly Weeping Woman who haunts the countryside. But she never imagined that such stories might be true--until one day a mysterious stranger arrives at her rancho. This suspenseful tale is set in New Mexico in 1826.
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For me, there are few things more fun than plunging into research for a book set in a new time and place. So I was delighted when American Girl invited me to write a mystery about Josefina. I traveled to New Mexico and tried to immerse myself into her world by visiting historic sites, museums, and desert trails. Many of the vivid details that caught my imagination made their way into Secrets in the Hills. I hope that reading the story transports you back to Josefina's world.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6-Two more winning entries in a popular series. In Secrets, Josefina lives on her family's New Mexico homestead in the 1820s. She is fascinated when a mysterious man with an injured leg is brought to her house and she and her family must care for him. While laundering his clothes, Josefina accidentally discovers a treasure map in a pocket. Could it lead to buried treasure somewhere in the hills around her house? In Peril, Felicity lives on her family's Virginia plantation where she dotes on her prized horse, Penny. As things begin to heat up between the Loyalists and Patriots, the girl is intrigued by a local visitor, Mr. Haskall, who admires Penny and studies local plant life. However, Felicity begins to suspect he is not who he pretends to be when she discovers detailed maps of her family's plantation in his notebooks. Each story begins slowly, but methodically weaves in clues as it builds on the mystery. Background information is carefully integrated, especially in Josefina's story, which is rich with tales of buried treasure and local traditions, foods, and crafts. Both books include a historical note with color photographs and illustrations.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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Book Description Pleasant Company, Middleton, Wisconsin, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. Tibbles, Jean-Paul (illustrator). 1st Edition. 1st edition/1st printing. Signed by Kathleen Ernst. An American Girl title. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 008537
Book Description Amer Girl, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111593690983
Book Description Amer Girl, 2006. Condition: New. Jean-Paul Tibbles (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1593690983
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