In 1958, Mendy puts herself in danger when she discovers that the Ku Klux Klan is planning to bomb the Highlander Folk School in order to disrupt a visit from Mendy's hero, Eleanor Roosevelt.
In 1958, 12-year-old Mendy Thompson discovers nighttime intruders in her secret forest clearing in Monteagle, Tennessee. They're members of the KKK and are plotting to bomb Highlander School during a speech by Mendy's hero, Eleanor Roosevelt. With no one to turn to, Mendy must find a way to stop the KKK herself.
This book originally published by American Girl in their History Mystery Line is published now by Windmill Books, Skyview, Mysteries Through Time. Sold in eductional markets and a few online services. s
Circle of Fire Book review- "A lovely piece of fiction." - Dallas Morning News
Review: Circle of Fire - "As readers learn in an afterword, the events in this intriguing story are based on a true incident: Eleanor Roosevelt did speak at the school, and the FBI foiled a Klan plot to disrupt her visit." - Shelley Townsend-Hudson, Booklist - - Book Review:
This latest installment to the "American Girl" series of "History Mysteries" will captivate readers. This is the compelling story of two young friends, Mendy and Jeffrey. They are having difficulty maintaining their long-time friendship in a southern town in Tennessee during 1958. Mendy Thompson is a young black girl. She has discovered that a group of men have been meeting in her secret hideaway in the woods near her home. One evening she hears their voices plotting and planning to take part in an awful scheme of hatred and violence. Jeffrey has been Mendy's best friend since they were toddlers. Jeffrey is white and his parents think it does not look good for him to be friends with Mendy. They have forbidden Jeffrey to see her. The two friends work through thoughts of betrayal and together, they thwart the plan of evil plotted by the men in the woods. Readers will love the realistic characters and will be riveted by the mystery and events of this dark past in America's history. Mendy and Jeffrey together prove that good always overcomes evil. A great message anytime.
The year is 1958. Mendy is 12 years old and she's
kind of a loner. She likes to play in the woods near her house in rural
Tennessee. Mendy has a secret clearing that she claims as all her own---she
calls it "The Taj Mahal". Mendy goes there to sit in the still beauty of the
mountain forest and visit her cottontail rabbit, Mr. Hare. She saved him from
her father's trap when he was a baby, and she raised him until her father told
her to release him to the wild. Instead, she took him to her clearing, where she
can visit him often and where he's happy and safe.