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A Growing Suspicion: A Rebecca Mystery (American Girl: Rebecca Mysteries) (American Girl Mysteries) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-17 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1609583604
LANGUAGE:English

" An okay mystery. Tied up loose ends quite nicely. " said.

" I really enjoyed this book. It is perhaps one of my fav in the AG line. My only criticism of the story is that there is a great deal of info in Japanese culture but not so much of an American Jewish girl. I loved the beauty of the Japanese culture and hope to visit a botanical garden soon due to the story. Imagine sitting in a grand garden reading a book. :) " said.

" I was more excited about the idea of the story than the actual reading of A Growing Suspicion. It wasn't that interesting to me in the "mystery" aspect. I did appreciate the "Looking Back" information on education in gardening and botanical gardens. The Glossary is always a favorite addition to the back of a book for me. " said.

"I enjoyed following Rebecca and Ana in the last few weeks of their summer break. Their friendship with the gardener neighbor leads to a volunteer position, and soon they are faced with accusations and mysterious events. The girls take risks that today would be seen as fool-hardy, but seem appropriate at the time. Again, the author presents the girls sneaking out at night by deceiving Ana's parents in order to accomplish their goals. I disagree with the American Girls' philosophy of teaching these risky behaviors to our impressionable tween girls. But the ending is satisfactory, and it is my job as a parent to discuss these concerns with my children." said.

"I've given up on ever loving Rebecca's characters in the books. To me, she's disobedient and selfish, and it bums me out because I was so excited about a Jewish character! I love the parts of her books that deal with Jewish or Russian culture, but it's hard to enjoy too much when Rebecca is constaly disobeying or doing inappropriately things and it just works out in the end.

I did manage to enjoy this book, though it was a poor decision to read this after Addy's really meaningful mystery, which explored race and Reconstruction and poverty and privilege. I really liked Mr. Tanaka and the glimpses into Japanese culture and heritage were great, and I loved the braiding of that with learning to make knishes. But once again, Rebecca was meddlesome and unfocused and impulsive, and the lesson she keeps seeming to learn is to just keep doing it until things work out. Love Ana (who reminds me a lot of Josefina or Melody.)

Come on, Beckie. I want to love you!
" said.

" It was unreasonable to put the blame on Rebecca and Ana, since the trouble started before they got to the garden. " said.

"My granddaughter is looking forward to reading this book. She could hardly wait to get the book. This is the first Rebecca book that she has received, so she is looking forward to see if she like it." said.

"This is a great book. During Rebecca's stay at Brooklyn with her cousin, the girls visit the botanic garden. Soon though, unexpected occurrences happen, casting blame on Rebecca and her cousin, making a fight between them. Rebecca is determined to find out the troublemaker, and its someone the girls never suspected. This is a great book." said.

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