The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen
An Unsolved Mystery from History

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In 1872, another ship came across the Mary Celeste adrift on the open sea.
Her captain, crew, and passengers -- the captain's wife and two-year-old daughter -- had vanished.
Did a storm over take them? Did the crew mutiny? Were they attacked by pirates?
No one ever found out.
Become a detective as you read this true story, study the clues, and try to figure out the fate of the Mary Celeste. The Unsolved Mystery from History series is written by acclaimed author Jane Yolen and former private investigator Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. Read carefully and check your clues. You might be the first to solve a puzzle that has baffled people for years.
 

About Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen has won a number of awards for her body of work in children's literature, including the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award, and the Anna V. Zarrow Award. She has written more than three hundred books for children. Among them are Owl Moon, which won the Caldecott Medal; the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?; Devil’s Arithmetic; and The Scarecrow’s Dance. Jane lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Heidi Elizabeth Yolen Stemple is Jane Yolen's daughter and sometime writing partner. Together they wrote the Unsolved Mysteries from History series. Heidi lives in Hatfield, MA.  Roger Roth has illustrated The Wolf Girls, The Mary Celeste, and Roanoke: The Lost Colony in the Unsolved Mystery from History series, as well as many other books for young readers. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He resides in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
 
Published October 1, 1999 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A member of a slovenly traveling troupe, young Nicola performs for Queen Mary, wife of the newly crowned King Francis, in Rheims while the royal family mourns the death of Francis's father.

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PW said that this tale of a crewless ship, the Mary Celeste, found adrift in 1872, "may well have amateur sleuths lying awake at night."

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Her notes on a spiral steno pad, plus nautical definitions on multicolored Post-It notes, are tipped into the book's main action as the 19th-century seamen rummage through the ship and attempt to reconstruct what happened.

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