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Midnight in Lonesome Hollow

by Kathleen Ernst
Series: American Girl Mysteries #
181 pages, Mystery
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

A well-meaning girl learns that all is not as it first seems.

Plot

Kit Kittredge is visiting her Aunt Millie in the beautiful Kentucky mountains, but the lives of the people she cares for aren't going so well. Kit is sure the trouble lies with the older brother of her dearest Kentucky friend. Now if only she could prove it, she would feel a lot better.

Morality

Kit and her aunt care deeply for the people around them. The Kentucky mountain folk are hospitable after they get over their suspicion of "outsiders" and despite the hard times the depression brings. Kit's friend worries about her older brother's nighttime excursions. Kit, Aunt Millie, and the folklorist are forgiving and willing to work things out. However, Kit also sneaks out into the dark of night to follow someone without permission and she makes her suspicions known to her aunt with little restraint.

Spiritual Content

A woman says that she figures she should use her mind, hands, and voice "as the good Lord intended".
One man says that he thinks it will rain soon because he saw a cat wash its ears.

Violence

Books and glass camera plates are destroyed. A Dictaphone barely escapes damage. Kit is grabbed by a shadowy figure; she falls off a wee footbridge into a cold stream.

Drug and Alcohol Content

There is talk about men making and selling moonshine (defined as a homemade liquor) in order to provide for their families. Kit narrowly misses meeting a couple such men.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

Trust and friendship are strong values here. Kit is a good friend who throws herself into things to aid the family she cares about. She is resourceful and constantly willing to learn and help.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

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