The Mystery of Biltmore House

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Gallopade International, Sep 15, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
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In 1981, Carole Marsh (a real writer) took four real kids on a visit to the famous Biltmore House in Ashville, NC. They went to learn about George W. Vanderbilt; the Victorian Era, O. Henry and more. There was only one little problem... First one kids disappeared. Then another! The, so did a priceless antique chess set! There was the creepy Halloween room, the very scary basement, the eerie attic, and all those gape-mouthed gargoyles. Oh yeah, and all that blood! And did I say that the kids got trapped in a mile-long heating system? Did I say ONE little problem? How about LOTS of BIG problems! Everyone loves Biltmore House! So much so, that there has been constant demand for a reprint of Carole's most popular book ever! Biltmore's more than one big, giant house; it's one big, giant history lesson!

LOOK what's in this mystery - people, places, history, and more!
The game of chess ? George Washington Vanderbilt, who he was and his vision of a self-sufficient estate • Information on the Biltmore rooms and grounds And Biltmore House history, the building of the house, and the luxuries therein • Walled gardens and English gardens • Thomas Wolfe • O. Henry • Carl Sandburg • Secret doors at Biltmore House • Definition of curator • Sidney Lanier • F. Scott Fitzgerald • Biltmore Dairy Bar • Grove Park Inn • Thomas Wolfe House • Connemara, Flat Rock, NC., Flat Rock, NC.

Like all of Carole Marsh Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities.

Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book:
Grade Levels: 3-6
Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.4
Accelerated Reader Points: 3
Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 74562
Lexile Measure: 640
Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Q
Developmental Assessment Level: 40

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

It's really difficult to determine whether or not I would have enjoyed this mystery as an elementary school child when that has been so long ago, but the mystery seems rather mild compared to many of ... Read full review

Review: The Mystery of the Biltmore House (Carole Marsh Mysteries: Real Kids, Real Places #1)

User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

Cute, not too scary, fun and educational all at once. I'm going to start buying these on ebay for the kids. They're gender-neutral so they should both enjoy them. I didn't notice any really tough ... Read full review

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Four Hot Sweaty Crazy Mad Kids
Four Friends Four Surprises One Mystery
One Creepy Castle One Scary Question
Two Spooky Places to Spend the Night
Lots of Weird People
No Pieces to Play With
Hundreds of Doors But No Way Out
One Watching Eye
35 Secret Hiding Places
TenSecond Search
One Less Kid
One Last Chance
Check and Mate
About the Author
Book Club

Zero Clues
Whats a Section 6?
No Michael
Thomas Wolfes House
You Cant Even Go to Biltmore Again
One More Suspect
Scavenger Hunt
Excerpt from The Mystery of Blackbeard the Pirate
Be a Carole Marsh Mysteries Character

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About the author (2002)

Carole Marsh is the Founder and CEO of Gallopade International, an award-winning, woman-owned family business founded in 1979 that publishes books and other materials intended to guide, inspire and inform children of all ages. Marsh is best known for her children s mystery series called Real Kids! Real Places! America's National Mystery Book Series. Popular among children ages 7-14, this series follows four characters (Mimi, Papa, Christina, and Grant) along educational adventures to more than 48 locations across the U.S. Learning Magazine has awarded the series with the Teacher s Choice Award for the Family, and Midwest Book Review called her mysteries for children as true gems of education and entertainment for young readers.

During her 35 years as a children s author, Marsh has been honored with several recognitions including Georgia Author of the Year and Communicator of the Year. She has also received the iParenting Award for Greatest Products, the Excellence in Education award, and been honored for Best Family Books by Learning Magazine. She is also the author of Mary America, First Girl President of the United States, winner of the 2012 Teacher s Choice Award for the Family from Learning Magazine.

Over the years, Marsh has been the creative force for more than 15,000 supplemental educational materials that Gallopade currently publishes. Other popular series include all 11 Carole Marsh Mystery series (Real Kids! Real Places!. Around the World in 80 Mysteries, Wildlife Mysteries, My Life As A Third Grade…, Pretty Darn Scary Mysteries, Awesome Mysteries, Fantasy Field Trips, Postcard Mysteries, Masters of Disasters, The Three Amigos, and Criss Cross Applesauce), The Students Civil War graphic novels for kids, State Stuff series which is available for all 50 States, American Milestones reproducible resource books, and many more!

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