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The Dragon's Secret

Augusta Huiell Seaman

Book Overview: 

Sixteen year old Leslie Crane has come to the New Jersey shore as a companion to ailing Aunt Marcia, whose doctor has sent her there for a some quiet rest and recuperation. While the beach is lovely in October, Leslie quickly finds herself getting lonely with no one her own age to talk to. Little does she realize that she will not only soon make a new friend, but that they will both end up in the midst of a puzzling mystery centered around the closed up bungalow next door.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .g something will turn up, too, and my plan is to hurry through high school and training-school and then teach, and save every spare penny for Ralph. But it seems an awfully long time to wait, and all the while that little tot isn’t getting any better.”

There were tears in her eyes as she reached this point, and the impetuous Phyllis hugged her. “You darling thing! I think you’re too unselfish for words! It makes me feel ashamed of my own selfish, foolish little wish. Wouldn’t it be gorgeous if we could find four or five thousand dollars lying around on the beach? Wouldn’t it just—” She stopped abruptly.

“What’s the matter?” inquired Leslie. “Anything wrong?”

“No—something just occurred to me. What if that wretched little dragon of ours was guarding just such a fortune? It might be jewels or bank-notes or—or something 46 equally valuable! I. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It's a short book, but rather exciting. I was really intrigued and anxious about the things that happened in it.
Basically, two young women first find each other, and then they find this mysterious Chinese puzzle box they can't open. It turns out that there are a lot of other people after the box. W

Leslie and Phyllis meet
during the summer season.
They become fast friends
and young amateur sleuths.
3 Enjoyable Stairs.
Listened with TTS.
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A delightful little mystery story - perfect for a rainy afternoon read!

A must read

I really enjoyed this book . I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the whole time they where trying to solve the puzzle .

I loved this book. It was a good example of a cozy mystery. I listened to it on Libre Vox.

This book wasn't great but it wasn't horrible. There was enough "mystery" going on to where you wanted to keep reading and find out what was going on with the box. There were a lot of people involved for such a short story but it all wrapped up in the end and we got all our answers.

The writing style

Girl detectives from BEFORE Nancy Drew!

I considered this a rather entertaining classic young-adult mystery. Something like the more popular Nancy Drew and Dana girls mysteries. Here sixteen year old Leslie Crane meets Phyllis whist spending a bit of a sea shore vacation with her sick aunt. After observing some unusual movements in the su

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