The Cameo Necklace: A Cecile Mystery (American Girl) (American Girl Beforever Mysteries)

By Evelyn Coleman

As Cécile exits a crowded showboat after having fun with a lavish Floating Circus, she stumbles--and whilst she will get up, she realizes that the cameo necklace she borrowed from her aunt isn't any longer on her neck. figuring out that the necklace was once the final reward Tante Tay's husband gave her ahead of he died, Cécile is wanting to locate it. As she tracks down the folk within the crowd who have been close to her whilst she fell, her seek takes her into many corners of recent Orleans, from a society tea social gathering to the crowded French industry, even the harmful cypress swamps...and deep into secrets and techniques she by no means imagined! An illustrated in retrospect essay presents proof concerning the 1850s.

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Cécile stopped in her tracks. What have been they doing? “I imagine they’re nonetheless the following somewhere,” one policeman yelled to the opposite. “Keep having a look! ” Cécile heard a rustling sound in the back of her. She became and located herself observing the backs of 2 dark-haired childrens, huddled at the back of a stack of burlap sacks piled in a nook. She famous their tattered cloaks and the indigo-striped baskets they held by way of their facets. Cécile knew that if the policemen obtained any nearer, they'd see the youngsters. subsidized into the nook, that they had nowhere to run. What may still she do? this is able to be her in simple terms likelihood to determine if the kids had the necklace. but when she stopped to speak to them, the police might without doubt trap them. She remembered them status in entrance of the elephant, saving her. She glanced one final time on the young ones. Cécile decided. She begun jogging towards the 2 policemen, puzzling over her subsequent circulation. How may possibly she cease them from catching the kids? She noticed a wide steel bolt mendacity at the flooring. She waited for the instant while the policemen seemed into one other set of barrels sooner than throwing the bolt with all her energy over the heads of either policemen right into a nook of the warehouse wall at the back of them. She held her breath because the policemen speedy became towards the sound that they had heard and took off working. Cécile waited, now not bold to take a breath till either policemen had long past out of sight. Cécile lower back to the nook the place the youngsters were hiding, yet they have been now not there. She fought again tears, realizing that she may have misplaced her simply probability to speak to them. yet she couldn’t have simply stood via and allow them to be stuck, now not no matter if it intended that she could by no means get Tante Tay’s necklace again. The phrases of the outdated lady floated into her brain: Hunters continuously are looking to kill lions…Lions merely are looking to consume. 10 pass over MILLIE Cécile became from the deserted hiding position and attempted to settle down. probably it didn’t subject that she had misplaced her probability to speak to the youngsters. in the end, she was once right here as the orange-bun guy had obvious the blonde circus performer decide whatever up from the wharf. it may possibly rather well were Tante Tay’s necklace. Cécile straightened her shoulders. She needs to search for the circus performer, simply as she’d deliberate. yet Cécile didn’t see any circus performers as she surveyed the Floating Palace. She went nearer. The gangplank was once down, yet no sounds have been coming from contained in the boat. Cécile regarded again over the wharf. The doorways of the within sight warehouse constructions have been flung open, and folks have been bustling out and in. She learned that she’d been the circus humans all alongside. they simply weren’t donning their costumes now. Excitedly, she moved quickly again towards the warehouses, convinced she’d realize the girl with the blonde ringlets whether she wasn’t in dress. Peeking into one doorway, Cécile observed males tugging on lengthy pulleys; they have to be engaged on the high-wire act. via one other doorway, she glimpsed a number of ladies wearing unusual, ballooning pants, yet all of them had jet-black hair.

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