Hoofbeats of Danger


Hoofbeats of Danger: American Girl 'History Mysteries' Book
by Holly Hughes

An action packed historical mystery set at a Nebraska territory Pony Express Station. Eleven year old Annie, daughter of the stationmaster, suspects her favorite pony has been poisoned, so she sets out to solve the mystery--with the help of one of the Pony Express riders Bill Cody and her native American friend Redbird.

Add this pony express History Mystery to your series collection!

And, after kids read this book, one fun alternative to a traditional "book report" would be to have kids create an incident report and case file based on this mystery, listing:

- a description of what happened
- list and description of prime suspects
- list and description of evidence collected
- conclusion based on evidence
- description of action taken/how the case was resolved
- projection for the future now that the case is solved

This will be a good writing activity and will be an effective way to check reading and comprehension.


Reading Levels

Interest Level:  Gr. 3-6             DRA Level:  40                Lexile Measure: 720L
Grade Level Equiv: 5.5          Guided Reading: S


See Inside

THIS IS A HISTORICAL FICTION CHAPTER BOOK.   We don't have sample pages of the main text of the book.

However... below are some pages from the BACK SECTION that is part of all History Mysteries books. This section provides more details about the historical period, in this case the history of the pony express. By the time your students have completed the book, they will naturally be curious to know more about this unique
period in American history.



To learn more about this book, click the link below.  Please note that if you purchase an item from Amazon, they give us a small referral fee. (This helps pay for site hosting costs, thus allowing us to keep everything free for site visitors!)