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Book Description Publication Date: September 1999 | Age Level: 10 and up | Series: American Girl History Mysteries (Book 1) Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.


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Book Description Publication Date: September 1999 | Age Level: 10 and up | Series: American Girl History Mysteries (Book 1) Sent to live with relatives in New Orleans during the War of 1812, eleven-year-old Elisabet determines to find a smuggler's treasure to ransom her imprisoned father.

30 review for The Smuggler's Treasure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Willowy Whisper

    Been forever since I read this book, but I remember I really liked it. :) I didn't have the whole series, but I enjoyed the ones I read very much! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ethan B

    I read The Smuggler's treasure and I think the theme is don't give up, because they kept trying and not finding anything but a lot of thinking and looking they found the clues.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Agnė

    An enjoyable historical mystery. It's a great book to look at through the Marxist critical lens :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stefanie

    The Smuggler's Treasure is about an eleven year old girl named Elisabet Holder who's father, a ship's captain, is captured by the British and Elisabet is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. Upon arriving Elisabet finds out that her uncle has passed away and her aunt is in Baton Rouge caring for her ill daughter. Elisabet is then expected to work in her aunt's bakery while her aunt is away, and Elisabet has an aversion to being a simple shop worker and has a superior attitude com The Smuggler's Treasure is about an eleven year old girl named Elisabet Holder who's father, a ship's captain, is captured by the British and Elisabet is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. Upon arriving Elisabet finds out that her uncle has passed away and her aunt is in Baton Rouge caring for her ill daughter. Elisabet is then expected to work in her aunt's bakery while her aunt is away, and Elisabet has an aversion to being a simple shop worker and has a superior attitude common with upper class citizens of the times. Then after a while Elisabet befriends the bakery workers, a young girl named marie, a young man named Raoul, and the head baker a man named Claude. Then Elisabet hears of a possible treasure map her uncle made and hid somewhere in his home and Elisabet figures that if she can find the map she can somehow save her father, so she and Marie search for it in the night. I really liked this story, the atmosphere and descriptions of New Orleans were wonderful and made me want to visit it eventually!

  5. 4 out of 5

    The other John

    This is one of the American Girl History Mysteries. It's the tale of Elisabet Holder, an eleven-year-old Boston girl whose father has been impressed by the British navy in 1814. Her mother is dead and her guardian decides to send her off to live with and aunt and uncle in New Orleans. When she arrives there, she learns that her uncle has died while she was en route and that he has left behind a mystery--a map of the surrounding bayous that would be worth a pretty price to the local government, s This is one of the American Girl History Mysteries. It's the tale of Elisabet Holder, an eleven-year-old Boston girl whose father has been impressed by the British navy in 1814. Her mother is dead and her guardian decides to send her off to live with and aunt and uncle in New Orleans. When she arrives there, she learns that her uncle has died while she was en route and that he has left behind a mystery--a map of the surrounding bayous that would be worth a pretty price to the local government, smugglers, and perhaps the British army. The mystery unravels while Elisabet struggles to make the transition from the daughter of an upper class Boston merchant to a working class, orphaned shop girl. While I was delighted to read a story that wasn't set on the Eastern Seaboard for a change, the story itself is rather pedestrian. Neither the characters nor the story drew me in, and the descriptions of the setting seemed rather lackluster. Still, it serves as waiting room material.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Marketed as "Intrigue for girls 10 and up" The Smuggler's Treasure seems to hit the right notes. A pleasant mystery set in a well-developed historical circumstance. Age and era appropriate notes on slavery, class and gender issues. A good read. Marketed as "Intrigue for girls 10 and up" The Smuggler's Treasure seems to hit the right notes. A pleasant mystery set in a well-developed historical circumstance. Age and era appropriate notes on slavery, class and gender issues. A good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    Loved it! Recommended. 8+.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I found this book by pure chance at a street fair this summer. I never knew about these books from American Girl's and now I'm going to be looking for more of them to read. Elisabet starts off the book as a bit of a brat, but it actually makes a lot of sense. She's grown up the daughter of a wealthy ship's captain - with a fine house and servants and all the things that go with it. Now, she's been ripped away from that life and sent to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. She expects that I found this book by pure chance at a street fair this summer. I never knew about these books from American Girl's and now I'm going to be looking for more of them to read. Elisabet starts off the book as a bit of a brat, but it actually makes a lot of sense. She's grown up the daughter of a wealthy ship's captain - with a fine house and servants and all the things that go with it. Now, she's been ripped away from that life and sent to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. She expects that they live the same way she did in Boston. Upon arriving, she realizes that she is quite wrong in that expectation. Not only is her uncle dead, but she's not going to a fine home with servants to wait on her. She's going to the home of a shopkeeper and she's going to have to learn how to work hard herself. Eventually, she makes friends with Marie and Raoul and Claude. There were some things that didn't surprise me at all - the identity of the ghost, the fact that the story has a happy ending (this is a story from American Girl after all). Other things were a little surprising: just what the treasure was and how it's important to the story was a surprise. I also found it really amusing to see this little blond rich girl about Elisabet's age pop up: Caroline. Now, she was nothing like the Caroline that the same company had out a few years ago, but... it was still kind of funny. Yeah... this book is great for the target audience: 10-13 year old girls. There's enough of a mystery there to get them thinking and the clues are there for them to solve it, along with Elisabet and Marie.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stasia

    I loved these books as a 'tween'. I remember loving the way the matte covers felt, and they had a lovely new book smell that I can still remember while reading these. And, this series is well written and suspenseful, and the different time periods throughout keep it interesting. It's a personal goal of mine to read the whole series again this year.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    The American Girl series has been on the shelves for awhile. Recently realised the third in the series is an Edgar award winner. I started with the first. Pleasantly surprised to find that it is a fairly well written adventure mystery, with a short history brief at the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justine W.

    I read this when I was a kid... and it scared the snot out of me. It’s very entertainedinf for that age bracket!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    Superb writing. Learned a lot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Merkel

    This is a great story. I recommend it for kids who like history and/or mysteries. Some parts are very intense, so I recommend they read it when the sun is still up.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gonzalez

    I love this book

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    Really loved this mystery when I read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina Cabezas

    Title: The Smuggler's Treasure Author: Sarah Masters Buckey Genre: Chapter book, historical fiction Theme(s): Family, discovery, adventure. Opening line/sentence: Eleven-year-old Elisabet Holder climbed the wooden ladder from the Marissa's dark lower deck to the brilliant sunshine on the top deck. Brief Book Summary: After her father becomes a prisoner of the British, Elisabet leaves her home in Boston to stay with family she has never met in New Orleans. Not only must she adjust to the different cul Title: The Smuggler's Treasure Author: Sarah Masters Buckey Genre: Chapter book, historical fiction Theme(s): Family, discovery, adventure. Opening line/sentence: Eleven-year-old Elisabet Holder climbed the wooden ladder from the Marissa's dark lower deck to the brilliant sunshine on the top deck. Brief Book Summary: After her father becomes a prisoner of the British, Elisabet leaves her home in Boston to stay with family she has never met in New Orleans. Not only must she adjust to the different culture and life down south, but she also works to do what she can in order to help save and free her father. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: (4) 4-6 History Mysteries series. Well-drawn historical contexts--War of 1812, Pony Express in 1860, women's suffrage movement in 1814, and World Wars I and II--combine with thin but fast-paced mysteries and courageous preteen heroines for satisfactory historical-fiction fare. The best of the group, Secrets on 26th Street, relates the predominantly middle- and upper-class suffragists' efforts to recruit working-class women. Historical notes are included. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Lois Rubin Gross (Children's Literature) Buckley offers a promising start to a series of adventure books starring resourceful girls as role models. The time is 1814, and America is again at war with the British. Elisabeth Holder arrives in New Orleans thinking that she will be living comfortably with relatives while the enemy holds her sea-captain father captive. Her plans go awry when she discovers that her relatives have left town and she is expected to work in a bakery to earn her keep. At first she resists the change in her status from pampered daughter to barefoot working girl. But gradually, she becomes an able employee, and also hatches a plan to ransom her father from the British with the help of her new friend, Marie and the unexpected aid of the pirate, Jean Lafitte. This exciting story of young girls involved in a life-or-death treasure hunt will surely capture the intended pre-adolescent audience while educating girls to a little-explored period of American history. "History Mysteries from American Girl" #1 1999, Pleasant Company Publications, $5.95. Ages 10 to 13. (PUBLISHER: Pleasant Co. Publications (Middelton Wis.:), PUBLISHED: c1999.) Response to Two Professional Reviews: The mystery of the book is a bit thin and fast-paced, but I find this appropriate for young readers who may not yet have much exposure to mystery books. However, the plot is exciting and will certainly capture the attention of readers who enjoy a book about adventure and discovery. The story does educate readers on life in the early 1800s and the historical notes in the back allow the events of the past to become real for readers. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The characters of this book are the highlight of Buckey's writing, especially the protagonist, Elisabet. The change that occurs in Elisabet as she learns that different is not always bad is relatable to readers of all ages. The mystery is slightly predictable, but is appropriate for younger readers who may not yet have much experience reading mystery books. I thought it appropriate and helpful to include a map at the beginning of the book, a glossary of French words, and a brief "Peek into the Past" excerpt that provides more facts about life in 1814. Consideration of Instructional Application: For older students, this book can be used when discussing the events of the War of 1812. Students can read the book and discuss/compare the events that occurred in the book versus the historical account of the same events. Also, students can write their own stories that occur in this time period, and how the characters in their story are affected by the events of this particular war.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is the first book in the History Mysteries series and takes place in 1814 during our second war with England. An eleven-year-old girl named Elisabet is now alone since her father was taken captive by the British and she goes to live with some relatives. She was used to a rather good life but, as a result of what we later learn was a crooked lawyer, all of her father's money, land and property is taken and she is sent almost penniless to New Orleans where she ends up having to work in a bake This is the first book in the History Mysteries series and takes place in 1814 during our second war with England. An eleven-year-old girl named Elisabet is now alone since her father was taken captive by the British and she goes to live with some relatives. She was used to a rather good life but, as a result of what we later learn was a crooked lawyer, all of her father's money, land and property is taken and she is sent almost penniless to New Orleans where she ends up having to work in a bakery This is a major cultural adjustment for her, to say the least. While there she finds out about a map that could bring her enough money to pay a ransom for her father, but there's also an evil man out to get the map at any cost. In addition, there's a very famous pirate featured in the story that played a major role in the U.S. victory over England in the war of 1812. As with the books in the American Girl's regular series, these also end with a historical section of information relating to the lives people led during the time and various events that happened. It's a quite good first book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    History and mystery combine in the most excellent way in this story put out by the makers of American Girl. You meet a new girl in this story - one that has no doll (sad sigh) but has all the gumption and spirit of the other American Girls. Elisabet has just come to New Orleans during the War of 1812 and seems to have walked right into a mystery. What I loved was this wasn't just an adventure story. There was a lot about what i means to change more than a location, but a way of life as she's lost History and mystery combine in the most excellent way in this story put out by the makers of American Girl. You meet a new girl in this story - one that has no doll (sad sigh) but has all the gumption and spirit of the other American Girls. Elisabet has just come to New Orleans during the War of 1812 and seems to have walked right into a mystery. What I loved was this wasn't just an adventure story. There was a lot about what i means to change more than a location, but a way of life as she's lost not only her father and everything she's known, but also her privileged status and now must be a working girl in a bakery. I'm struck by just how hard these kids work too...thank goodness for child labor laws nowadays, right? It's a great book, and one I enjoyed reading. I'll look for more by that author for sure!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    "...Arriving in the strange new city is, for Elisabet, like going to another country - the Louisiana Purchase has only just occurred recently, so the residents are still very much French or Spanish at heart. On top of this, she finds out that she is expected to work in her aunt and uncle's bakery as a shop assistant; this is very different from living in Boston with her father, where she went to school and had servants to wait on her. When she learns news of the ship that took her father prisone "...Arriving in the strange new city is, for Elisabet, like going to another country - the Louisiana Purchase has only just occurred recently, so the residents are still very much French or Spanish at heart. On top of this, she finds out that she is expected to work in her aunt and uncle's bakery as a shop assistant; this is very different from living in Boston with her father, where she went to school and had servants to wait on her. When she learns news of the ship that took her father prisoner, however, and is determined to rescue him from the British, she soon learns the value of friendship despite social class boundaries. ..." For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger! http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    In 1814, after her father is captured by the British, eleven-year-old Elisabet Holder must leave Boston to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. When she arrives, she learns her uncle is dead, her aunt has gone to Baton Rogue, and she is expected to work in her aunt's bakery like a servant. When Elisabet learns of a treasure her uncle hid before he died, she decides to search for it so she can ransom her father. But that's only the beginning of the story. THE SMUGGLER'S TREASURE is an exc In 1814, after her father is captured by the British, eleven-year-old Elisabet Holder must leave Boston to live with her aunt and uncle in New Orleans. When she arrives, she learns her uncle is dead, her aunt has gone to Baton Rogue, and she is expected to work in her aunt's bakery like a servant. When Elisabet learns of a treasure her uncle hid before he died, she decides to search for it so she can ransom her father. But that's only the beginning of the story. THE SMUGGLER'S TREASURE is an exciting combination of mystery, adventure, and history.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Joy

    I really liked this book. I liked the characters,I liked the plot, like many mysteries throughout the book they were trying to find out who the villain was. And the bad guy in this book is the the person was most likely to be it and the person was also the meanest person in the book. So it was not a surpise when they found out it was that person who did it when it should of been. I would of liked this book much better if someone els was the villain. But either than that I enjoyed reading this bo I really liked this book. I liked the characters,I liked the plot, like many mysteries throughout the book they were trying to find out who the villain was. And the bad guy in this book is the the person was most likely to be it and the person was also the meanest person in the book. So it was not a surpise when they found out it was that person who did it when it should of been. I would of liked this book much better if someone els was the villain. But either than that I enjoyed reading this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Amendolaro

    "The Smuggler's Treasure" was a book I got in a box set for one of my birthday's when I was little - I remember using it for a book report when I was 7 and being smug because it was recommended for children aged 10+. It's one of the books that really piqued my interest in historical fiction and reading in general, and therefore one that's stayed close to my heart all these years. I'd recommend perusing it yourself before letting your children read it (not something I usually say), just because t "The Smuggler's Treasure" was a book I got in a box set for one of my birthday's when I was little - I remember using it for a book report when I was 7 and being smug because it was recommended for children aged 10+. It's one of the books that really piqued my interest in historical fiction and reading in general, and therefore one that's stayed close to my heart all these years. I'd recommend perusing it yourself before letting your children read it (not something I usually say), just because there are some thrill and dark factors in the story that may or may not scare them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A bit on the simplistic level, perhaps, but on a good level for children. The main character starts out as a somewhat spoiled and selfish girl (rich background), and transforms over the course of the book. She loves her father and wants to help him, so she and her new friend, Marie, begin to look for a mysterious object her uncle spoke of before his death. There is some historical background, about pirates, Jean Lafitte, and New Orleans.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This is a very exciting, suspenseful, and historical mystery. This is a true refresher when compared to other books published by American Girl Library, which are normally fairly dull with no real imagination. This is different. I read it for the first time in the third grade, and I absolutely adored it. This is definately worth reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Fuller

    I read this book many years ago. As a kid in the third - fourth grade age range, this book was at one point my absolute favorite. I can still recall checking it out of the library time after time... come to think of it, I don't know why I never just bought it. In any case, I can't say much about the quality now, but I'm rating it four stars for all of the great memories that I have from it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Sincerely my favorite book out of the entire American Girl History collection. This book grabbed my attention even at the age of 7. My grandpa would even stay up late listening to my mother read to me so he could find out what happened, haha. When I got older and re read the book, still loved it. Great read, perfectly intense and empowering :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Good historical fiction about an 11-year-old girl in 1812 whose father has been captured by the British. She has to go live with her aunt and uncle, but finds that her uncle has died when she gets to New Orleans. She has been raised in luxury, but learns how to work and also finds a way to free her father.

  28. 4 out of 5

    RLL22016_TeresaCamacho

    The Smuggler's Treasure is about a girl named Elisabet and whose father is captured by the British. She went to live with her uncle and aunt. She founds out that there is a treasure. She tries to find the treasure to sell it and free her father. I think that this a good book to read specially for girls.

  29. 4 out of 5

    storystereo

    I still remember this one, too. It really stand out as one of the books I enjoyed the most. Also I keep meaning to go back and read it, but there are so many other books I want to read first. I will have to check it out again sometime, though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Zaglifa

    It's the perfect book for young readers that want a mystery that you can't put down, but something that won't have you sleep with a night light. Or lets say reading light that you plug into an outlet by the door. Don't want to make anyone sound childish. :)

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