Incoming! is a feature at Ms. Bookish that chronicles new books that have arrived in the Ms. Bookish household. Here’s the latest new arrival:
The Anna-Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure, by L.S. Cauldwell
Twelve-year-old Anna Mae Botts, her eight-year-old brother Malcolm, and Anna Mae’s best friend Raul Garcia, face a ghostly black fist on their first day of school. It blocks their entrance into school, while dropping paper clues about Jefferson Davis’ lost Civil War gold. Things get more complicated when a school fire occurs.
Mysterious events soon overtake Raul, Malcolm, and Anna Mae at school as well as at home. Rats, alphabet noodle clues, floating chalk, and phantom false-bottom wagons lead the tweens to travel the same route by car that was taken by Jefferson Davis and his gold-laden wagon train.
With divining rods given to her by her granma, computer printouts, and Spirit Journey memories that take her back to a Civil War past, Anna Mae, Raul, and Malcolm find Jefferson Davis’ lost gold treasure, part of it buried on Chennault Plantation and more of it in a vacant lot on the outskirts of Warthen, Georgia.
First line: At the beginning of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States, took out a loan from a French Banking House of Emile Erlanger for $15 million dollars.
Received from: The author
My initial thoughts:
This looks like a fun paranormal mystery, and the cover art is very nicely done (it reminds me a bit of a graphic novel). I always enjoy good children’s mysteries with a paranormal twist – for me, it combines two of my favorite genres. I’ve got a few titles ahead of this one but it looks like it will be a good read.
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