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Set on the shores of San Francisco Bay in 1866, this lovingly crafted adventure tale tells the story of twelve year old Emma Green who finds her world turned upside down when her father, an initiate lighthouse keeper, takes his first assignment at Point Bonita, a remote rock on the California coast, a dozen miles north of far more glamorous San Francisco. Despite Emma's isolation, she manages to make friends with the son of a powerful rancher and with the granddaughter of an American Indian. But when a mysterious shipwreck survivor - a young, feverish boy who claims improbably to be a pirate - washes into their cove, secrets that have been tranquilly hidden across generations are suddenly threatened, and in order to survive the rifts, the four youths must forge a fellowship in spite of newly opened mistrusts.
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Robbie Scott is a native of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and grew up sailing, shrimping, and working on farms. He studied marine biology in college, and moved west where he has lived ever since, working in various jobs, including map maker, stable hand, and engineer. The Mystery of Rascal Pratt is the first of a series of adventures he invented to entertain his own children, and it is also his first published work. He resides in San Francisco with his family.Review:
Four children bond over multiple mysteries in this historical adventure for preteens.
It's 1866, and young Emma Green has moved with her family -- including her ex-Navy Civil War hero father -- to remote Point Bonita, a lighthouse post overlooking San Francisco Bay. Lonely and isolated at first, she's also confused as to why the move was necessary and why her father seems ashamed of his role in the war. Emma soon meets other children Harris, the son of a rancher, and Sue, the granddaughter of the ranch's oldest worker and they play at solving mysteries every day. Things turn serious when a boat washes into the cove, with raving, feverish boy Rascal Pratt inside. Rascal claims to be an infamous pirate, but his real origins are intertwined in the narrative with the stories of Sue's grandfather ranch-hand Achilles, a Native American seeking his freedom, and the mystery of long-lost buccaneer treasure. Achilles is blind and unable to find the alleged long-lost booty of Sir Francis Drake that would let him buy his way out of bondage. Instead, he entrusts Rascal to find it for him. Rascal, initially distrustful of the other children, is forced to bond with them to find it and to secure his own freedom once his true origins are revealed. Scott's tale manages to deftly tie together all these threads, incorporating a generous amount of historical detail and educational footnotes about different types of boats, vegetation and other trivia along the way. Scott generally avoids talking down to young readers, avoiding preachiness while exploring bigotry and military culture in America's post-Civil War past.
A satisfying adventure for young readers, bucking fantasy trends in current Potter-obsessed lit to winning effect. (Fiction. YA) --Kirkus Discoveries
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Book Description Greenwich Mill, 2007. Condition: New. Gary Cianciarulo (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1604025190
Book Description Greenwich Mill, 2007. Perfect Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111604025190