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Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island
by Vonda Skinner Skelton

Category: Fiction / Mystery
192 pages; ISBN: 1570723079

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island
Vonda Skinner Skelton
Silver Dagger, Jul 2005, $8.95, 192 pp.
ISBN: 1570723079

Twelve years old South Carolina native Bitsy Burroughs is visiting her best friends, Garrett and Ellie Price who recently moved to Florida’s Amelia Island when she meets the local bully Ernie van Tache in a confrontation in which she refuses to back down. Ernie roughs up the smaller Bitsy until his twin sister Bernie warns him off or else he will face the wrath of their aunt.

Not long afterward, the townsfolk debate whether to convert an abandoned house into a resource center to help children. Strange things begin occurring including a ghost trying to chase away anyone entering the abandoned house. Bitsy leads a team of preadolescent investigators made of the twin bullies and the Price siblings, along with the neighbor’s dog and a cockatoo trying to expose who is behind the seemingly otherworldly happenings.

BITSY AND THE MYSTERY AT AMELIA ISLAND is an excellent amateur sleuth “ghost” story that targets the younger middle school student, who will enjoy the antics of courageous heroine who stands up to a bully, a witch, and a ghost. The story line follows Bitsy’s escapades as she bravely takes on one antagonist after another. Young readers will enjoy her adventurous vacation on Amelia Island.

Harriet Klausner


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