- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 and up
- Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
- Series: American Girl Beforever Mysteries
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: American Girl (March 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593692986
- ISBN-13: 978-1593692988
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Runaway Friend: A Kirsten Mystery (American Girl Beforever Mysteries) Paperback – March 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—This installment in the popular series follows the adventures of a young Swede adjusting to life on the Minnesota frontier in the mid 1800s. When her neighbor Erik, who had promised to help her family with the harvest, mysteriously vanishes, leaving an unpaid loan behind, Kirsten is determined to find out what happened to him. Despite her family's opinion that he merely ran away from his responsibilities, she feels that he may have had different motives. Against her parents' wishes, she investigates and discovers several clues that lead to the truth of Erik's disappearance. Throughout the story, the author weaves in information about the dangers of frontier life, and the narrative concludes with interesting historical notes describing what life was like for these early immigrants.—Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library
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From the Author
I always hoped that American Girl would invite me to write a story about Kirsten! The Minnesota setting is close to my own home in Wisconsin. And I've long been interested in the experiences of 19th-century immigrants to the Upper Midwest. Writing The Runaway Friend gave me a chance to think about the many different ways that Swedish people reacted to life in America. Girls like Kirsten faced many challenges with courage, and I find their stories inspiring. I hope you do too!
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