Shadows on Society Hill: an Addy mystery /

Author Coleman, Evelyn
Language English
Middleton WI: American Girl, 2015


When her family moves to Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood in 1866, Addy discovers that her new home holds dangerous secrets--including one connected to the North Carolina plantation she had escaped from only two years earlier. Includes a brief overview of the experiences of African Americans during Reconstruction, the period immediately following the Civil War.

Subjects :

  • Mystery And Detective Stories
  • African Americans Juvenile Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • African Americans Fiction
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) Fiction History

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Edgar Allan Poe Awards , Best Juvenile , 2008
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award , Multicultural Fiction , 2007

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Reading Measurement Programs:

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Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Reading Level 4.3
Interest Level 3-5
Title Point Value 7

Accelerated Reader

Interest Level MG
Accelerated Reader Points 4

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Reviews :

Gail C. Krause (Children's Literature)
Addy, an eleven-year old escaped slave from a North Carolina plantation living free with her family, finds prejudice in Society Hill, the richest part of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Addy saves the life of Mr. Albert Radisson, a famous architect, and he in turn offers Addy s father a job as a carpenter. He also gives them a nice home behind his aristocratic mansion. Addy and her family are thrilled to have found such good fortune. A mysterious stranger from a secret room in Mr. Radisson s mansion appears at night and befriends Addy because she needs her help to survive. Mr. Radisson s scornful and prejudicial mother accuses Addy of stealing food, bread, and finally a jeweled necklace from the mansion. Mr. Radisson s fianc , who had been friendly to Addy and her mother, suddenly turns cold at the sight of Abby s protection stone, made by her old Uncle Solomon. She stops all association with Addy s family, siding with her future mother-in-law, and insists that Addy and her family be sent away. The stranger, a black woman who served as a Union spy, teaches Abby to seek answers in riddles, as a spy would. Addy solves the riddle and discovers the secret Mr. Radisson s fianc is harboring. When all is revealed, Addy and her family are not turned out of their new home. 2007, Pleasant Company Publications, $6.95. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: American Girl (Middleton WI:), PUBLISHED: c2007.)

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Series :

BeForever mysteries-Beforever-

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Middleton WI: American Girl, 2015

Media Type: Language Material
1 online resource.
PZ7.C6746 ([Fic])
American Girl (Middleton WI:), PUBLISHED: c2007.,

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