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Samantha is excited about her family's stay at a fancy new "apartment-hotel" - until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner! As soon as Samantha arrives, one thing after another goes alarmingly wrong. Is it the curse - or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt?


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Samantha is excited about her family's stay at a fancy new "apartment-hotel" - until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner! As soon as Samantha arrives, one thing after another goes alarmingly wrong. Is it the curse - or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt?

30 review for The Curse of Ravenscourt: A Samantha Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    This had a good ominous tone for middle grade readers. I loved the setting of NYC in the early 1900s.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    this book was NOT the best. NOT my favorite. I would not suggest if for kids my age, 12

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caity

    This is a fun mystery I particularly loved how the author tied in the historic elements. She did a particularly great job showing what life was like for people like Samantha but also for the working class.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    Fun books for ages 6-10 I'd say. They're typically very "American Revolution" heavy but The Curse of Ravenscourt is just a good easy mystery for a kids to read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liberty

    A solid mystery.

  6. 4 out of 5

    cozy reads

    As a little girl. I was opposed with American Girl. I still really enjoy the stories. American Girl really got me into reading. I started American Girl when I was 9. I loved them ever since.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. best book ever by the way the maniger's ascent is fake!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Switek

    Wonderfully nostalgic for me, since Samantha was one of my favorite American Girl characters!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Araceli

    Samantha moved with her uncle and aunt because her parents died. And her best friend Nellie and her sisters Jenny and Bridget got adopted by Samantha's uncle. They got adopted because they were living in a horrible place. Jenny doesn't want to move out of the house they are living, they moved to a apartment for a few days, Samantha figured out the secret about the manager, rats started coming out of the apartment, girls got chicken pox, the family finally moved back to their own house.Jenny does Samantha moved with her uncle and aunt because her parents died. And her best friend Nellie and her sisters Jenny and Bridget got adopted by Samantha's uncle. They got adopted because they were living in a horrible place. Jenny doesn't want to move out of the house they are living, they moved to a apartment for a few days, Samantha figured out the secret about the manager, rats started coming out of the apartment, girls got chicken pox, the family finally moved back to their own house.Jenny doesn't want to move(vacation) out of the house. She is scared to move to a other place and not feel good there. Samantha and Nellie told her that they were going to move back when they finish building the buildings. They also let her take her doll with her. What I like about the book is that the girls are trying to figure out a mystery about the apartment they are living in. Also, I like it because it started interesting and it got me into it. What I don't like about the book is that they talk about rat and this other nasty animals and I don't fell good. Also, I don't like that they are on the roof because I can see it in my head ad I get scared because the building is really high and I get scared feeling I'm going to fall off.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    When Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia decide to do some renovations on their house, the family -- which includes Samantha and her adopted sisters Nellie, Bridget, and Jenny -- temporarily moves to Ravenscourt, an elegant new apartment building. However, soon after the family moves into Ravenscourt, things begin to go wrong. Samantha hears rumors of a curse on the building's owner, and begins to wonder if it's responsible for the strange happenings. Then Uncle Gard has to leave on business, and soon When Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia decide to do some renovations on their house, the family -- which includes Samantha and her adopted sisters Nellie, Bridget, and Jenny -- temporarily moves to Ravenscourt, an elegant new apartment building. However, soon after the family moves into Ravenscourt, things begin to go wrong. Samantha hears rumors of a curse on the building's owner, and begins to wonder if it's responsible for the strange happenings. Then Uncle Gard has to leave on business, and soon after Aunt Cornelia leaves as well, supposedly to visit her mother in Connecticut. Samantha begins to wonder if Aunt Cornelia lied about her reasons for leaving, but if she feared the dangers of Ravenscourt, how could she leave her adopted daughters there? Samantha decides she must find out the truth about what is happening at Ravenscourt before something goes even more terribly wrong. This is a nice mystery that will be enjoyed by the many girls who are fans of the American Girls, especially those whose favorites are Samantha and Nellie. The longer length of this book will be appreciated by girls who are beginning to outgrow the regular American Girls books. The story will also be enjoyed by young readers who haven't read other American Girls books, but who enjoy historical mysteries. And as someone who grew up reading American Girls books, including those about Samantha, I really enjoyed revisiting one of my favorite childhood characters.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    A Samantha Mystery Samantha is excited about her family's stay at a fancy new "apartment-hotel"- until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner! As soon as Samantha arrives, one thing after another goes alarmingly wrong. Is it the curse - or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt? About the Author: Sarah Masters Buckey grew up in New Jersey, where her favorite hobbies were swimming in the summer, sledding in the winter, and reading all y A Samantha Mystery Samantha is excited about her family's stay at a fancy new "apartment-hotel"- until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner! As soon as Samantha arrives, one thing after another goes alarmingly wrong. Is it the curse - or is something else scaring the residents from Ravenscourt? About the Author: Sarah Masters Buckey grew up in New Jersey, where her favorite hobbies were swimming in the summer, sledding in the winter, and reading all year round. She and her family now live in NEw Hampshire and enjoy visiting New York City. She is the author of Samantha's Special Talent, as well as three other American Girl History Mysteries: The Smuggler's Treasure, Enemy in the Fort, and Gangsters at the Grand Atlantic, which was nominated for the 2004 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young's Adult Mystery. I loved every minute of this story as always. I can't get enough of American Girl stories. This one is full of suspense and mystery and a little danger. Samantha and Nellie solved the mystery in the end. I love stories like this where it keeps you wanting more, and you can't get enough of the stories. American Girl brings history to life in a fun and exciting way with every story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bree

    I read this book since I had recently read the complete Samantha series and short stories, but had not read any of the historical mysteries. I decided to give this one a try. Also, this author is going to be author of part of the upcoming new historical series, so I wanted to check out her style. As a mystery for children, I think it will do well for the age 8-11 audience. The two overlapping mysteries are adventurous enough to keep the target audience hopping, and Samantha has a bit I read this book since I had recently read the complete Samantha series and short stories, but had not read any of the historical mysteries. I decided to give this one a try. Also, this author is going to be author of part of the upcoming new historical series, so I wanted to check out her style. As a mystery for children, I think it will do well for the age 8-11 audience. The two overlapping mysteries are adventurous enough to keep the target audience hopping, and Samantha has a bit more personality and maturity than I have found in her core books. If she had been written this way before, perhaps I would like her more. I did have some trouble with the character continuity. Nellie almost seems to have regressed since her Meet book. Although she still has lots of gumption about traipsing through nasty parts of town, and isn't afraid to speak her mind, rather than feeling more secure in her stature in the adopted family, she seems less secure. There are interesting historical details, a nice Looking Back section.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    In this story Samantha and the others temporarily move out of their house while some construction is being done on it, and they move into a tall apartment building named Ravenscourt. Nellie is worried since, to her, the raven is a symbol of bad luck. It does seem that bad luck is happening, to, as the furnace goes out, lights go out, an elevator crashes, someone paints the number "13" on the 12th floor plate, etc. The youngest two girls come down with chicken pox, Uncle Gard is off o In this story Samantha and the others temporarily move out of their house while some construction is being done on it, and they move into a tall apartment building named Ravenscourt. Nellie is worried since, to her, the raven is a symbol of bad luck. It does seem that bad luck is happening, to, as the furnace goes out, lights go out, an elevator crashes, someone paints the number "13" on the 12th floor plate, etc. The youngest two girls come down with chicken pox, Uncle Gard is off on a trip, and in the midst of this mess Aunt Cornelia suddenly has to leave. It's left up to Nellie and Samantha to find out if there really is a curse, or if someone is purposely causing accidents for some reason. The book also continues the emphasis in the novels and the movie on the issue of the poor people of the times and the terrible type of living conditions they lived under. This is the first of the non-History Mysteries books I've read and it turned out to be pretty good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Niveditha

    The curse of Ravenscourt Sarah Masters Buckey My book is about an eleven year old girl called Samantha who thinks she is going to stay at a luxurious hotel until she finds out that the hotel's owner is under curse. I really likes the character Samantha as she had all the good qualities a person should have. She is a really nice detective and she also has a lot of courage. I liked the because of the mystery mixed with horror. In the beginning it was a little boring. But, in the middle it got a little scary an The curse of Ravenscourt Sarah Masters Buckey My book is about an eleven year old girl called Samantha who thinks she is going to stay at a luxurious hotel until she finds out that the hotel's owner is under curse. I really likes the character Samantha as she had all the good qualities a person should have. She is a really nice detective and she also has a lot of courage. I liked the because of the mystery mixed with horror. In the beginning it was a little boring. But, in the middle it got a little scary and after the it was mystery and funny.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Queen Susan the Gentle

    Samantha Parkington is excited about her stay at a fancy hotel-like apartment building, Ravenscourt, with her Aunt and Uncle, and three adopted sisters. But Nellie, one of Samantha's adopted sisters says ravens are a sign of bad luck. Nellie tells Samantha that the building's owner is cursed. Samantha knows there is no such thing as luck...or a curse. But soon after they arrive, odd things begin to happen. Samantha soon begins to think there is a curse. She decides to play detective and learn th Samantha Parkington is excited about her stay at a fancy hotel-like apartment building, Ravenscourt, with her Aunt and Uncle, and three adopted sisters. But Nellie, one of Samantha's adopted sisters says ravens are a sign of bad luck. Nellie tells Samantha that the building's owner is cursed. Samantha knows there is no such thing as luck...or a curse. But soon after they arrive, odd things begin to happen. Samantha soon begins to think there is a curse. She decides to play detective and learn the truth. She soon learns that this "curse" may be phony. On the top of the roof, she and Nellie soon find the culprit...to find out what happens, read this book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Acacia

    I enjoyed it especially since there was surprises.It really took you back to that difference between the wealthier people and those poor people just like today. It also took you back to that 1900- 1906 feeling with all the dresses, horse drawn carriages, all the classy things for wealthy people. But I also like it when the author incorporated the feeling and view of a not so wealthy person from that time period. I especially like the mysteries. You thought it was one person but then suspected an I enjoyed it especially since there was surprises.It really took you back to that difference between the wealthier people and those poor people just like today. It also took you back to that 1900- 1906 feeling with all the dresses, horse drawn carriages, all the classy things for wealthy people. But I also like it when the author incorporated the feeling and view of a not so wealthy person from that time period. I especially like the mysteries. You thought it was one person but then suspected another. It was sorta like clue. In the end you found out all the mysteries between Samantha, Nellie, Jenny,Bridget,Aunt Cornelia, Uncle Gard and Ravenscourt.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Review by my 8 year old: I loved the book. Nellie knew about Mr. Raven because she used to live where he owned buildings that poor people lived in. So she knew about Grandma Kildany and the curse she put on Mr. Raven. Somebody started playing tricks to make them think the curse was real. The tricks we're painting a number 13 in red, rats, the furnace breaking, the power going out, the elevator breaking, and a raven being cut off the top of the building. Who could it be doing all this? Saman Review by my 8 year old: I loved the book. Nellie knew about Mr. Raven because she used to live where he owned buildings that poor people lived in. So she knew about Grandma Kildany and the curse she put on Mr. Raven. Somebody started playing tricks to make them think the curse was real. The tricks we're painting a number 13 in red, rats, the furnace breaking, the power going out, the elevator breaking, and a raven being cut off the top of the building. Who could it be doing all this? Samantha and Nellie have an adventure trying to find out.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Callie Stillion

    Samantha and her family are at Ravenscourt Hotel, and there seems to be a curse. Samantha, at first doesn`t think that it could possibly be true, but then when bad things start happening, she wonders if the curse on Mr. Ravens is real. First the boilers go out, and it happens many times again. Then at Jenny and Bridget`s school, there had been a chicken pox virus around the school, and Bridget and Jenny get chicken pox! Later, when Samantha and Nellie are on the roof, a raven statue breaks. When Samantha and her family are at Ravenscourt Hotel, and there seems to be a curse. Samantha, at first doesn`t think that it could possibly be true, but then when bad things start happening, she wonders if the curse on Mr. Ravens is real. First the boilers go out, and it happens many times again. Then at Jenny and Bridget`s school, there had been a chicken pox virus around the school, and Bridget and Jenny get chicken pox! Later, when Samantha and Nellie are on the roof, a raven statue breaks. When they find out it`s not a curse, just someone doing it on purpose, Samantha and Nellie are mad.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miri

    Samantha's home is being renovated, so Uncle Gardner, Aunt Cornelia, Samantha, Nelly, Jenny and Bridget are all staying at Ravenscourt until the work is done. Only strange things are happening at Ravenscourt, is it possible that a curse placed upon the owner years ago is working evil there? Samantha and Nellie are determined to discover what is behind the eerie occurrences before trouble falls on their own family.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Meatier than most American Girl books, but still in the same comforting style with dependable, responsible characters. This book is a mystery. Samantha, now living with her aunt and uncle and three adopted sisters, is temporarily living in Ravenscourt, a new high-rise luxury apartment building in NYC. When strange things begin to happen in the apartment house and the girls hear that there is a curse on the owner, Samantha decides to look at the facts logically and discover what is going on.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    As far as American Girl books go, this is a gem. Mysteries are not high on my list of preferred genres, but this one had me captivated. I appreciate American Girl writing longer and more substantial books, and I actually learned a lot from this addition to Samantha's story. I didn't know much about the history of elevators or why there are sometimes not a thirteenth floor in hotels. Samantha will always be my favorite American Girl, and I'm still mourning her retirement. Recommended!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lynch

    I loved the American Girl books when I was younger, and Samantha was always my favorite, probably because we share a birthday! I'm glad they've developed a mystery spin-off series. Samantha and Nellie are able to use the same skills that any young girl (or boy) has to solve the mystery behind the curse of Ravenscourt. I liked that the book tackled elements of family and societal privilege while teaching the values of right versus wrong.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was a decent book. I picked this book up at a garage sale because I wanted something light to read, not realizing that this was a children's book. Despite being written for 9-12 year olds, there was still a fair bit of action and it kept me entertained. I noticed a few historical inaccuracies, but I was able to look past them and enjoy the read. One I would recommend, especially to my neices (10 yrs old).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kay

    A nice little mystery for Samantha. Sam's mysteries really unfold after Nellie's Promise, with all four girls living with Cornelia and Gard. This has a nice bit of suspense, much like an early Nancy Drew.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hall

    It was amazing!! A book about Samantha and her three sisters. They had moved into a apartment/ hotel while their house was being fixed and Samantha and her sisters find out all kinds of things are going on at Ravenscourt.So they try to solve the mystery, but it just gets them in a lot of danger

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    3.5 Stars. Not the best mystery - to me the solution felt so obvious all along, even for a kid's book. On the other hand, I do enjoy Samantha and Nellie and thought this a fascinating snapshot of life at this time with a good dose of adventure thrown in.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Madeline J. Rose

    This mystery was wonderful and kept me guessing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Camryn

    Not quite sure when I finished reading this, I just remember that I loved it((:

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I loved all the suspense Sarah Masters Bukey puts into this book. and this book tells you that theresv a answer to everything.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I got it from the library just two days ago and ive already returned it because I couldn't stop reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was a real cliff hanger.

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