Samantha and Nellie set sail for Europe in 1906. Also aboard the ship is a world-famous archaeologist and the legendary sapphire he is carrying to a London museum. When his priceless jewel disappears, Samantha realizes that every one of the first-class passengers is a suspect--and one of them must be the thief!
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Sarah Masters Buckey is a former journalist and editor who has a deep interest in history and loves bringing it to life for children. She is the author of three History Mysteries, The Smuggler's Treasure, Enemy in the Fort, and Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic. She was nominated for the 2004 Agatha Award for Best Children's/YA Mystery for Gangsters. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, with her husband and three children.From School Library Journal :
Grade 2-4-This mystery set in the early 1900s has vivid descriptions of clothing and finery, stilted dialogue, and a heavy-handed but well-meaning lesson. Samantha and her adopted sister, Nellie, join their grandparents on an ocean-liner voyage to Europe. When fellow passenger and archaeologist Fitzwilliam Wharton discovers that the legendary Blue Star sapphire he was carrying to a museum in London has gone missing during dinner, everyone traveling first class becomes a suspect-including the girls' French tutor. While Samantha and Nellie frantically try to prove her innocence, a subplot finds Nellie struggling with the prejudices of the day toward the Irish. In the end, the girls solve the mystery and everyone learns a valuable lesson about jumping to conclusions. Interesting endnotes about ocean travel at the beginning of the 20th century and a description of three famous gems round out the enticing package. While the American Girl fervor has certainly died down, this title is sure to find an audience in most libraries.-Adrienne Furness, Webster Public Library, NY
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