The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Sod Schoolhouse


Book: The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Sod Schoolhouse

Author: Miriam Jones Bradley 

Cover Illustrator: Hannah Nichols

Publisher: Emerald House Group Incorporated, 2020

ISBN-13: 978-1649600059

ISBN-10: 1649600054

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 5-12

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Mystery

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Bradley, Miriam Jones.   The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Sod Schoolhouse (Published in 2020 by Ambassador Books International, a division of Emerald House, 411 University Ridge, Suite B14, Greenville, SC  29601).  It has been only been a year since the Double Cousins—Dorie (fourteen), Max (eleven), and Chad Rawson and Carly and Mollie (nine) Johnson— solved their first mystery.  Since then, they’ve had five more.  Now back at Grandpa and Grandma Johnson’s ranch near Berwyn in Custer County, NE, for their annual summer visit, they wonder what will happen now.  Then out of the blue, strangers arrive at the ranch.  Bob Miller and his grandson Joey from Gregory, SD, tell a story from Mr. Miller’s nearly 100-year-old grandmother, Rhoda Babs Miller, that her grandfather Howard Coen had settled on property that was originally part of Grandpa’s land and that Howard’s son Joseph and his friend Jules Samuels had helped to build a sod schoolhouse there and decided to put a time capsule between two sod bricks. 

     Mrs. Miller would like to know if the stories told by her father, Joseph Coen, were true.  Is there any evidence that the first Happy Hollow schoolhouse had been a sod building?  If so, where was it and what happened to it?  And can they fulfill the dream of a centenarian by recovering its history and, against all odds, finding the tiny time capsule hidden by two young boys over 120 years ago?  In this Book 7 of 7 in the “Double Cousins Mysteries” series, the cousins, including their other cousin Brandon, must use all their previously learned sleuthing skills—along with some new ones—to help the Miller family to find the answer to their mystery; and in the process, they all learn that mysteries truly are a part of history.  This is a great set of books that emphasize family values, hard work, and logical thinking.  Plus the kids are homeschooled.

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