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Kit is visiting Aunt Millie in Mountain Hollow, Kentucky, in 1934. When a professor arrives to study Kentucky mountain traditions, Kit is thrilled to help with her research--until it becomes clear that somebody doesn't want "outsiders" nosing around. Kit decides to find out who's making trouble--even if it means venturing into Lonesome Hollow in the dark of night.
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I have always loved the southern Appalachian mountains. Although I've lived in Wisconsin for many years now, I went to college in West Virginia, spent many summers in western Maryland, and have enjoyed many hikes and rambles through the mountains in the southern states. My editor at American Girl knows that, so when she invited me to write a second Kit mystery, she suggested setting the book in Kentucky. In the original Kit books, readers meet Aunt Millie, who lives in the fictional community of Mountain Hollow, Kentucky. Setting the new mystery in that region, during a visit Kit makes to Aunt Millie, opened up all kinds of new possibilities.From Booklist:
Kit, the Depression-era heroine of the American Girl mystery series, is visiting her aunt in rural Kentucky when Professor Lucy Vanderpool arrives to do research on Appalachian basket weaving. She asks Kit to help her collect information, but it soon becomes clear that someone doesn't want strangers nosing around Lonesome Hollow. At the same time, Kit is worried about her friend Fern. The county has threatened to send her to an orphanage, and Fern's older brother seems to have come up with a sketchy plan to earn money. Ernst does a fine job of showing not only the poverty of Appalachia during the Depression but also the ingenuity of its people. There is also a good deal about Kentucky's mining companies that used and abused their workers. The mystery element is solid, but this works best as an evocation of time and place. The historical backdrop is bolstered by the back matter, which gives more detail in words and photos. Cooper, Ilene
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