Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (October 23, 2012)
Rating: ★★★★When Jessie Hanson witnesses a hit-and-run of a child, she knows she must find the person responsible. It’s the opening day of The Swedish Museum, which was converted from the Johnson mansion on Willow Lane, and tea is being served. Twelve-year-old Jessie and her best friend Tina are in attendance. After watching her friend Bryce play a duet on his violin, Jessie decides to take a break from the festivities and ventures out onto a balcony to get some fresh air.
A boy and girl are on the lawn playing with a beach ball. Several minutes later, the ball goes out into the street. When the little girl goes to retrieve it, Jessie witnesses her being hit by a car. In addition to the shock of seeing the accident, Jessie learns the girl is the sister of her friend Bryce. Fortunately, Sunny only sustains a leg injury. Unfortunately, she’s also suffered temporary amnesia, so she doesn’t remember the accident or who was driving the car.
Shadows on the Lane is the third installment of the new mystery series of novellas aimed at pre-teens. Author Virginia Rose Richter has written another enjoyable whodunit. While trying to remember every detail of the accident, Jessie recalls Sunny waving at the driver before being struck. Is it possible the child knows the person responsible? When Jessie hatches a plan to jolt Sunny’s memory, will her suspicions about her piano teacher’s troubled daughter be right?
About the AuthorVirginia Rose Richter grew up in central Nebraska. She attended the University of Colorado and received an MA degree from the University of Denver and a BA in music from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She practiced as a clinical audiologist in Denver while raising four children. In the fall of 2010, Ms. Richter was a winner in a local mystery writing contest. She has written three Middle School mysteries in a series set in Nebraska and featuring two young amateur detectives. The first in the series, "THE SECRET OF WILLOW LANE," was used in a 'Read Along' project in a sixth grade class in Littleton, Colorado. She was told that the teacher tried to limit the reading to a chapter a day but was often persuaded by the students to add another chapter. When the suspense was becoming intense, the students were allowed to turn off the lights and follow along on the lighted classroom screen.
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