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Riddle of the Prairie Bride (American Girl History Mysteries #12)

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In 1878, twelve-year-old Ida Kate Deming and her widowed father welcome a mail-order bride to their Kansas homestead -- but Ida Kate soon suspects that the bride is not the woman that Papa had been corresponding with
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ever since her mother's death two years ago, twelve-year-old Ida Kate Deming has done all the housework for herself and her father on their Kansas homestead. The year is 1878, and life on the prairie is difficult, dangerous, and lonely. Ida Kate's father has decided the time has come for him to remarry. He puts an advertisement for a wife in an eastern newspaper, and a young widow, Caroline Fairchild, who has a one-year-old son, responds. Ida Kate is eager to have a mother and a brother, and her ...more
Cullen Howard
Summary: "Riddle of the Prairie Bride” is a mystery novel set in post-Civil War Kansas (which was then still considered the frontier), and follows the happening of a young girl named Ida Kate Deming. Her widowed father sends an advertisement out east seeking a new bride, to which a woman named Caroline responds and comes to Kansas. However, Ida finds many clues that indicate Caroline isn’t who she claims to be, and thinks she might be there to murder her and her father. In the end they discover ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating- 9/10 stars

Riddle of the Prairie Bride by Kathryn Reiss is one of the books in the History Mysteries series from American Girl. This book literally took me 30 mins. to read and 5 more to review. So, a nice, fast read.
Ida Kate is excited, and for the first time since her mother died, so is her Pa. A wonderful lady named Caroline Fairchild has come to marry Pa, though they have only exchanged letters. When Caroline answered the ad for a bride (yeah, I guess that was common back the
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I just discovered this series of books written for girls ages 10 and up called the American Girl History Mysteries. And if the rest are like "Riddle of the Prairie Bride," I would highly recommend them.
This book takes place in 1878 in Kansas and is about a young girl, age 12, whose mother had died. After two years, her father puts an ad in a newspaper back East advertising for a wife. A widow by the name of Caroline answers his ad and eventually agrees to come to Kansas. Both Ida Kate and her d
Mary MacKintosh
I sought this out because I liked another youth title by Reiss: Paint by Magic. This is an American Girl book--historical fiction for girls aged 10 and up. This one is part of a series called History Mysteries. Written competently, the book illustrates life in Kansas post Civil War, and the mail order brides that left the East to try a new start with men on the prairies.
Kristine Hansen
Is Caroline truly Caroline? This mail-order bride isn't quite as advertised, leaving Ida Kate to figure out some way to save her father before he marries an imposter.

Entertaining read, richly steeped in history, yet still fast-paced and exciting. I'm truly loving the books by Kathryn Reiss.
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
With this particular story, it might be useful to read the history part before you read the actual story. I didn't realize that there was a system where newspapers regularly ran ads for brides for men who were in the “west,” (which area varied depending upon how far the “civilized” border had been pushed west.)

There weren't many women in the actual “west”, so apparently lots of men took out ads in newspapers in the “east” to see if they could get a woman interested in coming out and marrying the
This is a fun story for girls who like mysteries. The mystery is not that complex, but the ending was still unsolved in my mind before I came to it. A few negatives include the fact that Ida Kate, the main character, 12 years old, believes her mother is now an angel watching over her and can hear her. She asks for help from her dead mother once or twice. Also, her father sounded as if he was dishonoring to his father by moving. Positives include that Ida Kate was honoring and loving to her fathe ...more
I enjoyed listening to this audio book on my commute to and from work. A simple story for readers of all ages set in Hayes, Kansas after the American Civil War. Good messages on love, forgiveness and family I recommend this book to all.
Chris Koeth
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio book and the reader was not a good fit with the character. Her voice was that of an old women and it detracted quite a bit from the story. I listened to it based on a very high recommendation of the book. This one would be better read than listened to.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Read with C for her book review at school. It's the first time I had read an American Girl series book. It was a good book, especially for girls 8-11 or so. It was nice to be able to share the story with my little gal :D
Mail order bride for a young girl's father. 9+.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
My 10 year old and my 6 year old loved it. I thought it was a fun little story with some good references to some classics.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites of the American Girl History Mysteries. In such a short book, they actually put in a decent mystery!
Holly Green
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Holly by: Daddy
This is the best book of the series so far!
2015 Reading Challenge: "a book from your childhood"
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: girls 7+
A very suspenseful book. Really good book, highly recommend it to anyone who loves mysteries.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
One of my least favorites, there's still a good story in there.
May 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I LOVE this book!!!!!
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this is the best in the series so far!!!!!! totally awesome!!!!!!! i don't know how people come up w/ such great stories.
Madeline Rose
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-alone, favorites, mg
Another of the History Mysteries that I loved.
I always like to try and figure out what's going to happen before the end.
I'm usually wrong, but still. XD
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
It was okay. Just didn't really stand out to me.
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Kathryn Reiss was born in Massachusetts, grew up in Ohio, and received B.A. degrees in English and German from Duke University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. After college, she lived in Bonn, Germany as a Fulbright Scholar, and during this time wrote the first draft of her first novel.

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