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Mystery at the Crossroads (The Dana Girls Mystery Stories #16)

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Title:Mystery at the Crossroads (The Dana Girls Mystery Stories #16)
Benson, Mildred A. Wirt  Writing under the pseudonym: Keene, Carolyn   
(12 of 26 for author by title)
The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk (Nancy Drew Mystery #17)
The Mystery at Lilac Inn [Revised Edition] (Nancy Drew Mystery [Revised] #4)
Published:   1954
Publisher:Grosset & Dunlap Inc.
Tags:fiction, juvenile, mystery

The Dana girls are plunged into another mystery during a visit to an old Civil War inn on a lonely country road. They hear singing in the woods, see a ghost, and discover a strange spoon with a handle in the shape of a man's head. The girls are shocked to learn from a jeweler that the spoon is cursed.

The girls visit the old inn again and meet Nura, a young gypsy who has run away to avoid marrying a man whom she does not love. Nura instead longs to marry Stivo, but Stivo has been banished from the gypsy tribe for stealing a valuable silver platter.

Back at school, the spoon disappears from the Danas' room, apparently stolen! Now the girls must find the spoon in case the story of the curse is true and must help Nura by exonerating Stivo and discovering who stole the silver platter. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:100 Info

Author Bio for Benson, Mildred A. Wirt

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The most famous writer who worked on the Girls’ Books Series was Mildred A. Wirt Benson. She was bom Mildred Augustine in Ladora, Iowa, in 1905. She met Edward Stratemeyer in New York in 1925 and began working for his syndicate as a writer who fleshed out his plot outlines for juvenile mystery stories. In 1929, she began to write Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories for a reported S125.00 per book. In 1950, three years after her husband Asa Wirt died, she married George Benson, the editor of The Toledo Times, from which point her professional career was focused on newspaper writing.

Mrs. Benson reportedly gained her first series book writing experience with Volumes 23 to 30 of the Ruth Fielding Series. She wrote twenty-three of the Nancy Drew books and several Dana Girls and Kay Tracey books, all for the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Under her own name, she wrote many other series, such as the Brownie Scouts. Penny Nichols, Penny Parker, and the most unusual to carry the by-line of a woman writer, the six Dan Carter Cub Scouts books for boys.

—All About Collecting Girls’ Series Books. John Axe, 2002.

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