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 Beth's story, 1914
 Author: Whitby, Adele

 Publisher:  Simon Spotlight
 Pub Year: 2014

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 148 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 938535 ISBN: 9781481406321
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Family life -- Fiction
 Historical fiction

Price: $20.01

Lady Beth of Chatswood Manor is about to celebrate a very special birthday and receive the heirloom necklace handed down from her great-grandmother, the original Elizabeth Chatswood. Then a scandal breaks out inside the manor that threatens to ruin Beth's birthday and the first of many family secrets is revealed.

Secrets Of The Manor

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.00
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 167268
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 62951

   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/14)
   School Library Journal (04/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2014 Gr 4–7—This historical mystery series takes place in England in the pivotal year of 1914. The story centers around Lady Beth, who lives in the stately Chatswood Manor, on the eve of her 12th birthday. It is a family tradition that each Elizabeth upon turning 12 inherits the gorgeous sapphire jewelry known as the Elizabeth necklace. Not only will Beth receive this precious family heirloom, but a grand birthday ball is also being thrown in her honor. When Uncle Claude and his family arrive from France for the festivities, he brings doomsday predictions about an ever expanding Germany and an impending war. In addition, her favorite older cousin Gabrielle has become patronizing and belittling to Beth. When the necklace goes missing and a beloved servant is accused of the crime, Lady Beth decides to solve the mystery herself. Secret passageways, an old diary and family secrets are all in this delightful first entry in the series. Beth is a likable heroine who is plucky and determined and readers will be sure to sympathize with her. Replete with historical facts, fashion details and customs of the times, this novel is destined to be a hit with fans of the "American Girl Mysteries" (American Girl) and "Dear America" series (Scholastic).—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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