Monday, June 22, 2009

Book of the Week: Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure by L.S. Cauldwell

Today I'm happy to share a great historical fiction book with all of you. The Golden Treasure is the first in a series that shows lots of promise.

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Her's my review:

Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure by L.S. Cauldwell

Anna Mae, her brother Malcolm and her best friend Raul are on their way to school after what seemed like a very short summer. Strange things start happening; a ginger root that appears to be alive, a floating black fist and alphabet soup are a few of the pieces of the mystery Anna Mae has been chosen to solve. But how can a 7th grader solve the mystery of the Jefferson Davis gold theft that’s stumped adults since 1865? What does the gift she inherited from her grandmother have to do with it? Follow along on this challenging mystery and learn a bit about American history at the same time.

L. S. Cauldwell has done a superb job bringing together history and exciting fiction. She’s done her research and walks you through what happened to the Jefferson Davis gold that mysteriously disappeared while being transported through Lincoln County. She has added a bibliography and questions that help all who read her book learn more about that time in history.

Anna Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure is a good book for either summer reading or to supplement classroom studies about the Civil War and Jefferson Davis.
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So, let's look at all the things L.S. Cauldwell has done to take this book beyond reading. First she gives us some back ground information at the beginning of the book about the story behind her story. She also has a map for you to follow along the path taken back in Civil War times and today.

Then at the end of the story, we learn about the free black men who fought on the Confederate side of the war. The book also introduces some Spanish words and she has a glossary in the back so you can learn some basic Spanish. If that's not enough, there is a full bibloigraphy incase you want to learn more and a great list of questions a parent, teacher or group of friends might use to discuss the book further. She even gives you her email address so you cna send your answers to her.

I'd say Ms. Cauldwell did an excellent job at taking her book beyond reading. Wouldn't you agree?

So, where you can buy this great book?

Find out more about Lillian over at her blog.

I'll be back on Wednesday with a few great summer sites for children to learn about history.

posted by Joy Delgado
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