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Secrets in the Hills: A Josefina Mystery (American Girl Mysteries) [Paperback]

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 6.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 21, 2006
Publisher   American Girl Publishing Inc
Age  9-12
ISBN  1593690975  
EAN  9781593690977  
UPC  723232090976  


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Josefina has heard legends of gold and silver buried in the hills and tales of a ghostly Weeping Woman who haunts the countryside, but she never imagined that such tales might be true until the day a mysterious stranger arrives at her rancho. Simultaneous. 38,500 first printing.

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Josefina has heard tales and legends all her life: rumors of gold and silver buried in the hills, tales of a ghostly Weeping Woman who haunts the countryside. But she never imagined that such tales might be true--until one day a mysterious stranger arrives at her rancho. Set in New Mexico in 1826.

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Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning and bestselling author, educator, and social historian. She has published over thirty novels and two nonfiction books.  Her books for young readers include the Caroline Abbott series for American Girl.  Honors for her children's mysteries include Edgar and Agatha Award nominations.  Kathleen worked as an Interpreter and Curator of Interpretation and Collections at Old World Wisconsin, and her time at the historic site served as inspiration for the Chloe Ellefson mysteries.  The Heirloom Murders won the Anne Powers Fiction Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and The Light Keeper's Legacy  won the Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery from Love Is Murder.  Ernst served as project director/scriptwriter for several instructional television series, one of which earned her an Emmy Award.  She lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.  For more information, visit her online at KathleenErnst.com.

 

 



Kathleen Ernst was born in 1959.

Kathleen Ernst has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Chloe Ellefson Mysteries


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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great adventure!  Apr 20, 2008
Out of all the American girl mysteries, this is one of my favorites, if not my favorite! if your looking for adventure, i would get this book. Its really exciting when two strangers come, and there all shocked when they see one of thems a American! I think this is a great book, and if you like the other mysteries, you'll love this one like me! Hope i helped!
 
Great adventure!  Apr 20, 2008
Out of all the American girl mysteries, this is one of my favorites, if not my favorite! if your looking for adventure, i would get this book. Its really exciting when two strangers come, and there all shocked when they see one of thems a American! I think this is a great book, and if you like the other mysteries, you'll love this one like me! Hope i helped!
 
A colorful, informative tale about Josefina, and the land she calls her home  Nov 7, 2006
The year is 1680. Ten-year-old Maria Josefina Montoya has heard all kinds of stories and legends about the countryside and hills surrounding her families rancho. From La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, a ghost who haunts the countryside, crying for her drowned children; to the tales of the silver and gold that is hidden, and marked with peculiar designs in the hills. While the legends are enjoyable to learn about, and tell while surrounded by friends and family at campfires, Josefina tends to feel that these stories are untrue. They are just legends that people tell. However, when an American and an injured Hispanic man searching for his families buried treasure arrive at her Rancho, Josefina begins to take the legends more seriously. Suddenly, as she helps the injured man regain his health, thoughts of the treasure begin swirling through her brain, and she feels that it is her duty to help locate the treasure that has evaded him and his family for so many years. As if that weren't enough, Josefina is dealing with family troubles, as her older sister, Francisca, has been bitten by the green-eyed monster, and is suddenly jealous of Josefina's studies as a curandera with Tia Magdalena. Now, Josefina must find time to locate an illustrious treasure, play curandera by keeping the local townspeople well-maintained and cared for until Tia Magdalena returns home, and make amends with Francisca by doing her fair-share of chores, otherwise her problems just may take on a life of their own.

While I obviously grew out of the AMERICAN GIRLS tales years ago, I am pleased to admit that the new line of American Girl inspired mysteries is enjoyable even for those who have progressed in the reading level department, but still want to experience excitement with some of their favorite characters. While I have never read any previous books starring Josefina, I have vowed that I will read through the entire mystery series, and was quite pleased with the tale Josefina was involved in. Josefina is a fun, spirited character, whose discipline in learning to become a curandera, and remembering the different remedies to heal the sick around her is admirable; while her large, boisterous family, and the various celebrations they take part in are enjoyable, and make the reader want to join in the festivities. Those who enjoy ghost stories, urban legends, and historical tales will find the facts about hidden gold and the Weeping Woman enjoyable; and American Girl fans will adore having the opportunity to read more about lovable Josefina. A colorful, informative tale about Josefina, and the land she calls her home.

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
 
Rich Josefina Novel  Mar 12, 2006
"Secrets in the Hills" is the latest book in the American Girl series about Josefina as well as a book in American Girl's Mystery series for older readers. The main series of six novels for each historical American Girl character (Kaya, Felicity, Josefina, Addy, Kirsten, Samantha, Kit, and Molly) are written at a second to third grade reading level. The Mystery books for each character are longer chapter books with more complex themes and written around a sixth grade reading level.

As a long time adult collector and fan of Josefina and New Mexico culture and history, I was thrilled to see the release of a new novel with Josefina, set in historic New Mexico. I was not disappointed. The themes and images of early New Mexico are beautifully interwoven. It held my attention and kept me eagerly reading to see how the pieces of the mystery fit together.

The themes in this book include the tale of "La Llorona" (a Spanish-Mexican tale about a weeping woman at the river), and Josefina's growing experience as a young, apprentice "curandera" (woman who heals others with herbs). She also learns more about the experiences of those taken captive by other groups and meets men looking for treasure buried in the hills during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.

Although one can read this book without having read the other Josefina books, I would highly recommend reading the six book series sold as a boxed set and "Josefina's World" before reading this book. The themes and characters from "Josefina Learns a Lesson" and "Happy Birthday, Josefina" are repeated in this book. "Josefina's World" has illustrations and short pieces of information that may prove helpful to more visual learners. "Secrets in the Hills" may be a much richer experience for the reader with this background knowledge of Josefina and New Mexico.

 

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