Mystery of the secret code by Ruth Nulton Moore

By Ruth Nulton Moore

Teen-agers trying to find a treasure hidden at an previous farm discover a mystery message written in code.

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One thing she did know. It was a strange and disturbing experience to be sitting in a school bus with nobody paying the least bit of attention to her. Back in Philadelphia, where they used to live, there had been millions of friends to jabber with on the way to school. That summer her family had moved to Maplewood, a small college town forty miles north of Philadelphia, where Professor Harmon had accepted the position of chairman of the history department at Maplewood College. They had bought a small farm which dated back to the American Revolution and was called the old Goodwin place because Goodwins had lived there from the eighteenth century until just a year ago.

Even Sam, who never showed much interest in the friends Sara brought home, was all smiles when he was introduced to Amy. During dinner everybody listened intently while the girls told about their American history project. Professor Harmon, who taught history at Maplewood College, was especially interested in Adam Goodwin. Only Sam looked a bit downcast. ” asked his father. Sam shook his head. “Well, since the girls have already begun theirs, I suggest you choose another topic. ” Sam looked across the table at Amy and a smile quirked one corner of his mouth.

Sara looked at the girl curiously as she sat down. She had a pale, sharp-chinned face framed by sandy wisps of uninteresting-looking hair. She wore a plain blue skirt and a wrinkled shirt which drooped over her skinny shoulders. She sat hunched over, as before, but this time she was nibbling a peanut-butter sandwich from her brown-bag lunch. Sara cleared her throat. ” The girl looked up for the first time and seemed surprised that someone had spoken to her. Sara turned her plate halfway around and started on her lasagna.

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