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Jul 2005
Silver Dagger Mysteries

Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island

by Vonda Skinner Skelton

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Bitsy and the Mystery at Amelia Island is a new book in the Silver Dagger Mysteries line. It is a young adult adventure story, fun-filled and moral-teaching, about a twelve-year-old tomboy who goes to visit friends on Amelia Island. The folks she visits are busy cleaning an old house and raising funds to turn it into a resource center for handicapped citizens.

The children encounter the usual—mysterious strangers, ghosts, a witch, thieves and bad guys. All turn out to be explainable and pretty harmless, so in the end the money is raised, the thief is captured, and the day is saved. In the process the main character, Bitsy learns some good lessons for life, including the fact that the best things in life are free and aren’t things at all.

The author, Vonda Skelton, writes this book as a sequel to her first—Bitsy and the Mystery at Tybee Island. The book contains plenty of action and dialogue as the kids solve the mystery while preparing for a community talent show.

The story is entertaining, the mystery not too scary, and the characters charming and likeable: from twins Bernie and Ernie to Trooper, the K-9 dog, to a talking cockatoo, Mooshew. Bitsy fights to overcome her quick temper, greed for money, and general propensity for trouble.

It is comparable to the Nancy Drew type books without the unrealistic story lines and worldliness. It is a believable story with real sounding children in a situation that could actually happen. I would recommend this book for the tweeners: the nine- to twelve-year-old age group. – Elece Hollis, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Twelve-year-old Bitsy Burroughs has vowed to turn over a new leaf, cause no more calamities, and live at peace with everyone. But while spending a week with her friends Garrett and Ellie on Amelia Island, Florida, the neighborhood bully puhses her too far, and Bitsy's promise of peace quickly comes to an end.

When strange things begin happening on the island, Bitsy and her friends reluctantly join forces with the bully, Ernie, and his twin sister, Bernie, to discover the dark secrets of a nearby abandoned house. A talking cockatoo and a retired police dog help them along the way as they search for a ghost, run from a witch, and try to uncover the mystery of a family portrait.