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Title:
The cameo necklace : a Cecile mystery
ISBN:
9781593698997

9781593699000
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : American Girl Pub., 2012.
Physical Description:
165 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Reading Level:
690 L Lexile
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Summary:
Eleven-year-old Cécile Rey searches through many corners of 1854 New Orleans seeking a necklace, borrowed from her Tante Tay, that disappeared as she was exiting a crowded showboat. Includes facts about the 1850s.
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As Cécile exits a crowded showboat after enjoying a lavish Floating Circus, she stumbles--and when she gets up, she realizes that the cameo necklace she borrowed from her aunt is no longer on her neck. Knowing that the necklace was the last gift Tante Tay's husband gave her before he died, Cécile is desperate to find it. As she tracks down the people in the crowd who were near her when she fell, her search takes her into many corners of New Orleans, from a society tea party to the crowded French Market, even the dangerous cypress swamps...and deep into secrets she never imagined! An illustrated "Looking Back" essay provides facts about the 1850s.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-The first book is set in New Orleans in the 1850s. Marie-Grace meets Wilhelmina Newman, a girl her age, on a steamboat traveling up the Mississippi River. Wilhelmina's father has left her clues to find the gold that he hid on the boat, and, while the girls work together to decode the secret messages they learn that they aren't the only ones trying to find it. Also set in New Orleans in the 1850s is The Cameo Necklace. Cecile discovers after being caught in a crowd leaving a show that the precious diamond necklace that she borrowed from her aunt is missing. In her search to find it, she discovers hidden corners of New Orleans and secrets she never imagined. In The Crystal Ball, set in 1914, Rebecca takes over the care of Mr. Rossi's pigeons after he hurts his wrist. She finds a strange black pigeon carrying a warning message of danger. Is the girl in peril along with Mr. Rossi? She visits a fortune-teller to find out. Fans of the "American Girl" series will enjoy these historical mysteries.-Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Cicile, a "free person of color," searches her city of New Orleans for a lost necklace and learns about "maroons" (escaped slaves living in the Louisiana swamps), circus life, and more. Coleman ably evokes the novel's 1854 New Orleans setting and Cicile's perspective is interesting, but the narrative tries too hard to incorporate history. A historical note and French pronunciation guide are included. Glos. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.