Wednesday, August 7, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: SHADOWS ON SOCIETY HILL


SHADOWS ON SOCIETY HILL review
SHADOWS ON SOCIETY HILL
AN Addy MYSTERY
Evelyn Coleman
Pleasant Company Publications
2007

Available: paperback,

Eleven-year-old Addy's life is suddenly changed when she saves the life of a man from being trampled on a busy Philadelphia street. The man wants to give her huge reward, but her poppa declines. Then man then offers him a job and a house to live in on his property in the elegant Society Hill section of town. The year is 1866. Just two years earlier Addy and her mother had escaped from a plantation in North Carolina where they were slaves. The new home is more wonderful than imagined, but not every one is happy that a colored family has moved
into the neighborhood. Strange things start happening and Addy decides it's up to her to investigate. She can't let their good fortune be ruined. She is more than surprised as she uncovers the secrets of her new home. Dangerous secrets that trail back to the plantation she and her mother left behind.
SHADOWS ON SOCIETY HILL is part of the American Girl series. It's full of action, mystery, and intrigue set in a turbulent historical time period of our nation's past. It's well paced and the characters are well drawn. It brings the reader up close to the injustices of prejudice and slavery, but at the same time it doesn't feel at all preachy. You will like Addy because she's bright, spunky and brave. Young girls will especially love this book.

Target audience: Grades 4-6
Mystery / suspense: good
Kid Appeal: Girl's especially

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