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The Riddle of Penncroft Farm

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  173 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Lars Olafson moves with his parents to the old family farm near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to live with his aged aunt Cass. Lars is miserable--until he meets Geordie, a ghost whose stories of the Revolutionary War are as exciting as those of an eyewitness. When Aunt Cass dies suddenly, Lars is faced with a mystery linked to the Revolutionary War--and Geordie’s ghostly ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jan 20, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
This was such a well-written book! Sometimes historical fiction gets bogged down in the facts and not enough story. Well, this one is a perfect balance between learning about the American Revolution and enjoying a modern-day story. This novel was published in 1989, takes place then and includes many stories from the American Revolution, however the characters are written so that kids today will really be able to relate to them and what they're going through - moving to a new town, going to a new ...more
Rebecca Berinstein
Jensen lived in a town one over from my own hometown in New Hampshire, which is how she became the first author I ever met. An even more telling review would be that of my middle brother saying this is only book he read and like while in school. A jem.
Nov 10, 2009 CaliGirlRae marked it as to-read
Heard about this book on a message board. It looks like they used an image of late actor Jonathan Brandis on the cover when he was a teen. :-)
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Oct 10, 2016 Ria Potter rated it really liked it
History Reenactment

I liked this. It feels like a real story, full of history and characters. Will's parents were a bit annoying-thinking their son has an overactive imagination and that ghosts are impossible. Why? Because there's no real evidence? Just because there's no evidence, that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least listen to your own kid about people being in the building who shouldn't be there.

Aside from a handful of minor irritating things, overall, this was a fun, entertaining novel and
Oct 05, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
I grabbed this book off of my kids' bookshelf because I wanted a quick story to read. It was the perfect choice. It is a fun look at the history of the US through the eyes of a young boy. I think the reading level is around 4th-5th grade and is perfectly geared to that age, since thy study this part of our nation's history during that time. If you have children around this age, I highly recommend it. Just be sure to read the part at the end that explains what is fact and what is fiction. ...more
A Minnesota kid who hates history and is bored by life moves to an old farm in Pennslyvania where he meets an ancestor who changes his opinion about history, life, and relationships.

Gives an interesting look at some of the battles and peoples (and foods and games) of the "First American Civil War." It has some mild language.
Jul 07, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I like historical fictions, and this one was combined with a mystery so it was even better. About a boy who moves to a farm and sees a "ghost," then his grandma dies and he has to find the will or else lose the farm.
Aug 23, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
It makes american history interesting, even though we learned about 4504934583 times in elementary school.
May 08, 2010 Art rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Art by: Mrs. Dodge, Bullitt Lick Middle School
I read this book awhile back.
Great way that Ms. Jensen weaved history into the present and helped this young boy come to terms w/family, school and growing up.
Jan 26, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book as a way to learn about the American Revolution and life in those days. This is a great mystery/history novel with a great story.
Jul 26, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book when I was in grade school. I can't even tell you how many times I read this book.
Feb 09, 2013 Katherine rated it did not like it
***A child's review***

This book is terrible!!!!
How can you like, let alone love it?!?!?!?!?!?
NEVER READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 26, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing
My fifth grade students notice many historical details in this book. I read it to them when
We are studying the American Revolution.
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Jul 18, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This is a favorite book from my childhood that I reread. Love the historical fiction.
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Dorothea Jensen was born in Boston, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. (This is the same little town where Johnston McCulley, the writer who created Zorro, grew up many years earlier.) She majored in English Literature at Carleton College and earned a masters degree in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored ...more
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