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Peril at King's Creek

by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
Series: American Girl Mysteries #
165 pages, Mystery
Reviewed by Ariel_of_Narnia

Easy read, not-very-difficult mystery, and a brief touch on inner character.

Plot

As Patriot-Loyalist tension grows, Felicity Merriman is looking forward to a summer spent at the family's summer home, King's Creek Plantation. She meets a friendly naturalist, but her father's apprentice, Ben, tells her to keep an eye on her new friend.

Morality

Felicity has matured in this story. She is friendly and eager to learn; she also begins to teach her little sister Nan about horses. When the time comes for her to make some big decisions, she steps up to the plate. However, she still justifies her "freeing" her horse from the cruel Jiggy Nye (from "Meet Felicity") even though she admits that she knew disobeying her parents was wrong; her naturalist friend backs her up on that, though he has a point (to some extent) about dishonesty and loyalty. Felicity makes plans for a mission without even telling her mother anything; she makes her sister promise not to tell until a certain point.

Spiritual Content

Felicity says that "Mother has taught us to be true as the Gospel, always." She tells Nan to "say a little prayer" for her.

Violence

The Merrimans receive news about Patriot plantations being burned and sacked by Loyalist troops. Felicity fears this may happen to King’s Creek. A man is chased and bound.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

Until a certain point, there is no mystery at all. When the mystery does show its face, it’s one of character. Felicity learns that not all is as it seems and that loyalties may well conflict. Readers should be advised against taking drastic actions as Felicity did, namely, without authoritative help/consultation.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 5 stars
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