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A Vocabulary-Building Mystery Novel!


An abandoned Victorian mansion on the shores of the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut provides the setting for Conspiracy on the Housatonic, an illustrated World War II-era mystery with a novel twist: Itís an invaluable vocabulary-building tool, with nearly 1,500 SAT words deftly woven into the narrative. Conceived in the tradition of Jack Finneyís Time and Again, Conspiracy on the Housatonic takes the reader back to a Connecticut coastal community consumed with Allied war production shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Join Swedish-American girl detective, Ellen Anderson, and her boyfriend and bibliophile, Ken Swenson, as they attempt to unravel the strange activities of the mansionís unknown occupants, with profound implications for national security.

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Enhanced with over one hundred illustrations, including period post cards, maps, drawings, and photographs, Conspiracy on the Housatonic provides readers with an entertaining, educational, and captivating window into life on the home front during World War II.

The bolded vocabulary words, along with other historical terms, are defined in a glossary at the back of the book.

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Author Kendall Svengalis weaves an interesting tapestry of fiction and fact. Learn about life and trends of the early 1940s, the war effort at home, Swedish America, historic events, and the world of espionage. Read about the southern shore of Connecticut, especially Stratford, which was home to the factory which made the important Corsair fighter planes. The story also takes Ellen and Ken to New York City.

Conspiracy on the Housatonic is ideal for students studying for S.A.T.s, or for anyone wishing to improve his or her word power.

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