- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
- Series: American Girl Mysteries
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: American Girl (March 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781584859871
- ISBN-13: 978-1584859871
- ASIN: 1584859873
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paperback – March 1, 2005
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This is a nice mystery that will be enjoyed by the many girls who are fans of the American Girls, especially those whose favorites are Samantha and Nellie. The longer length of this book will be appreciated by girls who are beginning to outgrow the regular American Girls books. The story will also be enjoyed by young readers who haven't read other American Girls books, but who enjoy historical mysteries. And as someone who grew up reading American Girls books, including those about Samantha, I really enjoyed revisiting one of my favorite childhood characters.
Personally, I thought the "Mystery" was a little cheesy, even for ages 9 and up. In any case however, it was great to have the characters back to read about in a new story however, that is longer and different from the other Samantha stories.
The one thing that was lacking from this book was the phenomenal pictures American Girl books are famous for. If you ever just found the pictures distracting however, this book will not disappoint.
"A Samantha Mystery: The Curse of Ravenscourt" is among Sarah Masters Buckey's list of "succeeding whodunits yet." Set in the year 1906, eleven-year-olds Samantha and Nellie, whom are the two main characters of the book outline, temporarily stay at the new apartment-hotel Ravenscourt, coordinated by Mr. Raven and his daughter Eloise. As both young girls learn not only of the somewhat quaint hotel staff, but also the omens of the hotel; blood on the elevator doors, eerie night sounds, and various moments of suspicion, they begin an adventure to capture the ruthless prankster behind the antics, which leads to discover his foremost intentions of the caper-making.
Speaking from my experience, this particular American Girl mystery book will thoroughly succeed in catching your interest in the midst of the plot; you will find it difficult to put down this thoughtfully written book! Mrs. Buckey did a fabulous job with the research of s?ance' performances/ghost shows and historic Victorian hotels, proving this with her concise summary of "Looking Back: A peek into the Past." Overall, I give this book an A+ and highly recommend it to any young, ambitious sleuths.
The mystery portion of the story is pretty good--it will probably keep readers guessing--but Samantha has too much freedom for a rich Victorian girl and she never strikes me as realistic as the other American Girls.