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Riddle of the Prairie Bride

(2001)
(Book 12 in the American Girl : History Mysteries series)
A novel by

 


Gr 3-6-It's a joyous occasion when a mail-order bride arrives for Ida Kate's Papa, but an uneasy feeling descends when Caroline Fairchild has the wrong color hair and is shorter than expected. With the encouragement of a friend, the child finds increasing evidence that the bride is not who she claims to be. Clues pile up and in the midst of a spring blizzard with her father on a trip to town, the 12-year-old has to decide whether her family is in danger and what to do about it. This is a simple mystery with little suspense since it is obvious from the first that "Caroline" is kind, witty, and capable. The details of life on the Kansas prairie in 1878 help to ground the story, but the blandness of the characters and clear outcome from the beginning leave little to capture readers' interest. This series entry is not successful as history or mystery. Frances Arrington's Bluestem (Philomel, 2000) provides a more vivid picture of prairie life and Joan Lowery Nixon's In the Face of Danger (Bantam, 1996) has a stronger sense of suspense. However, fans of the series will undoubtedly enjoy another safe journey to the sanitized past, where fathers know best, women never lose patience, and the children are above average.-Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

August 2009 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (Mysteries Through Time)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-60754-421-0 / 978-1-60754-421-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyview Books
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June 2001 : USA Turtleback
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (History Mysteries-American Girl)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 0-606-21400-3 / 978-0-606-21400-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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March 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (American Girl History Mysteries (Prebound))
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 0-613-44718-2 / 978-0-613-44718-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush
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March 2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (History Mysteries)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-58485-309-3 / 978-1-58485-309-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications
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Paperback Editions

July 2009 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (Mysteries Through Time)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-60754-420-2 / 978-1-60754-420-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyview Books
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2002 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (American Girl History Mysteries)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 0-439-39874-6 / 978-0-439-39874-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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March 2001 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (American Girl History Mysteries)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-58485-308-5 / 978-1-58485-308-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: American Girl
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Audio Editions

November 2005 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride: American Girl History Mysteries
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2005 : USA Audio CD
Title: Riddle of the Prairie Bride
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-4361-6045-6 / 978-1-4361-6045-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2005 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (American Girl)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
ISBN: 1-4193-3832-3 / 978-1-4193-3832-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Riddle of the Prairie Bride (Mysteries through History)
Author(s): Kathryn Reiss
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween
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