Behind the Masks

Behind the Masks

by Susan Patron


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Newbery Award-winning author Susan Patron brings her talents to the beloved Dear America series in this exciting story of a girl growing up in the Wild West, in a California gold mining town.

Growing up in the wild gold-mining town of Bodie, California, in the 1880s, Angeline Reddy has seen it all -- saloons, brawls, and a whole lot of desperation. When her father, Bodie's greatest lawyer, is declared murdered, Angie knows deep in her heart that he isn't dead and decides it is up to her to solve the mystery of what happened to him. But when her mother takes ill and a mysterious ghost appears, putting together the puzzle pieces seems impossible. Not to mention, a gang of vigilantes, the 601, is raging out of control, running folks out of town, and nobody seems safe.
Will Angie, with the help of her friends Ellie and Ling Loi, and the mysterious and tragically handsome Antoine, be able to uncover the secret of her father's disappearance?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545304375
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Dear America Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 598,674
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Patron is the author of many critically acclaimed novels for children including the Newbery Award winner, THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY; its follow-up book, LUCKY BREAKS; and the early chapter book MAYBE YES, MAYBE NO. She is a former librarian, now full-time writer. She and her husband live in a small cabin in the high desert of the Eastern Sierra of California.

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Behind the Masks 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thrill of a a good historical fiction book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I have read it many times and it never gets boring. It is like amystery with a hint of romance and seen through the eyes of a girl who says it like it is. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to go down as one of my favorites in the Dear America Series, I had started off a while back and had forgotten about it then remembered and continued. I started at around page 60 and finished it that night. Definetly a good book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first dear america book that i read, i read the paperback and it was amazing!!!!! I loved it!!!! I hope to read more soon!!!!!
kalan More than 1 year ago
this was one of my all time favorite dear america books i really LOVED it it was wonderful i highly recomend it
SusieBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a bit worried that the latest addition to Scholastic's Dear America series would fall to the stereotypes of the "Wild West," but Behind the Masks generally managed, as with the rest of the series, to rise above what is expected. Like the rest of the excellent series, it provides a tale rich in historical detail - albeit this time with a touch of mystery and ghostliness. Having been a fan of Dear America since early elementary school, I found Behind the Masks to match the historical accuracy of the earlier books, bringing to life the time period and the characters for readers. Being a more discerning reader than I was in elementary school, I also found parts - mostly the mystery ones - to seem a little rushed and confusing. Other than that, however, the author presents a lifelike young voice from the time period. I learned quite a lot about California frontier life, especially its socio-political aspects, from reading this! I also appreciated that Angeline is not the all-perfect character; her "sidekicks" are as every bit as important to the uncovering of the Bodie mystery as is she. Behind the Masks is certainly a welcome and satisfactory addition to the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is an interesting book. It an interesting book to me because, it’s taking place in Bodie ,California in the 1880s. This book is a very good book because, there is a mystery .I love mysteries because you can find out what happened .I hope you guys like mysteries like me if you can read this book. I want you guys to like this book. This book is a special book to me. I hope it a special book to you to. Oh and be sure to like this book. This book is a great book and if you guys like mysteries please read this book. This book Dear American and Behind the mask I strongly recommend you to read this book. Also if you want me to tell you find out what happened to Angie’s parents  in her village where she live and in her village there is an sickness coming. Angie’s dad died but the family don’t know what happened to Angie’s dad found out what was the sickness called. After a few month later Angie’s mom was sick and then she died and found out what was Angie’s mom sickness and if you know in village where Angie live there is a lot and please pray for Angie’s village maybe today it maybe is still sickness. 
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I read untill the part wear she sees the three masks of the dead people then I returned it to the library because it scared me so much. And I am a 10 years old and in 5th grade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and i am a fourth grader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lloved it but u was at the library i hope it comes out there so that is what i think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite Dear America books. This book is SO good. Just enough mystery to keep you on the edge of your seat, with a hint of romance for those who lile that sort of thing.
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My friend said it was weird and she would NOT recommend it
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