L.S. Cauldwell's first Anna Mae mystery, The Golden Treasure, introduces Anna Mae Botts, and her unusual psychic gifts. Accompanied by her brother, Malcolm, and her best friend, Raul Garcia, the three young people are in for the weird adventure of their lives. It's a mystery designed for ages twelve and up.
Anna Mae is an outcast in seventh grade, and the large black fist that appears out of the sky, dropping mysterious notes, doesn't help. It's particularly bad when the class bully, Stanley Paxton, sees the fist as well, and panics. Anna Mae doesn't need the "Pit Bull of the playground," and leader of the elite white kids, to consider her different. But, it's too late for Anna Mae. Between the unusual events at school; a hand writing on the blackboard, the sprinkling system going off only in their classroom, and, Stanley's fear of the psychic world, she's doomed. In the segregated school in Lowry, Georgia, it doesn't pay to be a black girl with unusual gifts.
A class assignment gives her the chance she needs, though. All of the ghosts she saw, and notes she received, indicated she was to find the Lost Confederate Gold of Jefferson Davis. When, she and Raul are made partners for a project about the Myths and Legends of the War Between the States, it's a project made for Anna Mae.
Ghosts, legends of lost gold, and Civil War Stories. What more could a reader want? How about a fascinating grandmother who has "the sight", the ability to see the future? Most of all, it's a book about truth triumphing. It's also a multicultural story in which groups segregate themselves in the classroom, and there's a hierachy according to race. This is a difficult book to read, as readers watch Anna Mae suffer at the hands of other students, and even teachers. But, it's a story of courage and triumph in the end.
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Annd Mae Mysteries: The Golden Treasure by L.S. Cauldwell. Star Publish, ©2008. ISBN 9781932993981 (paperback), 228p.