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Trade Paperback
120 pages
Jul 2003
Overmountain Press

Bitsy and the Mystery of Tybee Island

by Vonda Skinner Skelton

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"Do a scary old fort, an evil eyed, bushy bearded man, buried treasure, and an ancient skeleton scare twelve-year-old Bitsy? Not a bit! Well, maybe a little bit, or even a big bit, but Bitsy is not about to let fear stand in her way in Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island. With her trusty yet timid Cousin Matt sometimes by her side, when not behind her, Bitsy will get to the bottom of this mystery. Danger means nothing to her, until she is tied up, halfway up the lighthouse and being pushed by a really bad guy. In addition to all these adventures, Bitsy, as oldest child in the family, must take time to test her fatherís newly invented tanning lotion, grudgingly take care of her younger siblings, rescue her very pregnant mother from the rat in the bathroom, make friends with weird people, and run for the veterinarian to deliver the baby.

Delightfully combining Tybee Island, Georgia geography and history with a scary, page-turning mystery, prize-winning playwright, author, speaker Vonda Skelton vividly portrays Bitsyís mysterious perils as well as problems with her loving, Christian parents, and ever-growing, poor family. This humorous, hair-raising tale holds the readerís interest while capably displaying the results of disobedient, thoughtless action, Christian repentance, family values, problem solving, and judging the character of others.

Skelton ably and candidly portrays believable characters. Both children and adults make mistakes and amends. Eight through twelve year olds will love this mystery. So will their parents, and the younger children who have it read to them." -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Set on Tybee Island, Georgia, the story is told by Bitsy, a twelve-year-old tomboy whose imagination and curiosity repeatedly get her into trouble as she searches for hidden treasure, discovers a skeleton, and faces a kidnapper. Local points of interest contribute to the story, including The Tybee island Lighthouse and Museum, historic Fort Screven, and Chapel-By-The-Sea Baptist Church.