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These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past. When Pam's homing pigeons disappear while her father's away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy. These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past. When Pam's homing pigeons disappear while her father's away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy.


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These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past. When Pam's homing pigeons disappear while her father's away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy. These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past. When Pam's homing pigeons disappear while her father's away fighting in World War I, she uncovers evidence of an enemy spy.

30 review for The Night Flyers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stasia

    I think that somewhere along the line, American Girl has sidetracked from what they originally set out to do as the Pleasant Company- it used to be about making American history interesting, making any girl feel that she could have been apart of it. Now, what are the goals? Just selling dolls and clothes. I say that because, AG never needed to market dolls with this series. These books stood on their own, they were well done, and a tasteful way of introducing young girls into a more 'grown up' g I think that somewhere along the line, American Girl has sidetracked from what they originally set out to do as the Pleasant Company- it used to be about making American history interesting, making any girl feel that she could have been apart of it. Now, what are the goals? Just selling dolls and clothes. I say that because, AG never needed to market dolls with this series. These books stood on their own, they were well done, and a tasteful way of introducing young girls into a more 'grown up' genre, while still educating and giving a sense of historical interest and accuracy. I'm still enjoying how well written this series is, and touching some history that I'd forgotten I'd learned. And I'm not slamming AG for their dolls, because of course, I dreamed about having my own Felicity doll to enjoy reading the books with (and so I grew up and became a collector of AG dolls, lol), but in the new catalogs and websites, it feels only about selling dolls in trendy clothes. The sense of history and teaching girl history has been lost along the wayside, and I'm sorry for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessika

    I will never be able to get over how American Girl made such an impact on the historical fiction for young girls genre. I truly believe that they are one of the biggest reasons why I became such a history lover and why, to this day, historical fiction remains one of my preferred genres. But anyway, enough rambling. This was a great story that I read in an afternoon. I remember reading it when I was younger and enjoying it, and reading it as an adult, I still very much enjoyed it. Jones has a way I will never be able to get over how American Girl made such an impact on the historical fiction for young girls genre. I truly believe that they are one of the biggest reasons why I became such a history lover and why, to this day, historical fiction remains one of my preferred genres. But anyway, enough rambling. This was a great story that I read in an afternoon. I remember reading it when I was younger and enjoying it, and reading it as an adult, I still very much enjoyed it. Jones has a way of driving the story forward with a mystery that even as an adult, I wasn't able to solve. I grew fond of Pam, and I appreciated how her story offered a glimpse into the time period. Plus, I liked how that "glimpse" was historically accurate and how it tied into the historical text at the end. Not to mention that Jones' writing was beautifully descriptive--I mean, I was there with Pam in the woods and in the swamp. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'd recommend this one if you are looking for a great historical fiction for the young reader in your life...or if you are a young reader yourself!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    This was a cute and informative mystery. I liked the pigeons and how well the leading gal worked with them. I didn’t know about this angle to WWI, so I was glad to learn about it. I might just have to research more about it now. Content: two profane words, replacement expletives, smoking (including underage smoking)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    The now-defunct History Mysteries were each one-off stories, set in different times and places in American history. They're a little longer and aimed a little higher than the main American Girl books. The Night Flyers is set in World War I era North Carolina. This particular plucky girl detective sets out to discover who's stealing her birds and if the new man in town with a strange accent is a German spy. There's actually quite a bit going on here, but it all ties together fairly well in the en The now-defunct History Mysteries were each one-off stories, set in different times and places in American history. They're a little longer and aimed a little higher than the main American Girl books. The Night Flyers is set in World War I era North Carolina. This particular plucky girl detective sets out to discover who's stealing her birds and if the new man in town with a strange accent is a German spy. There's actually quite a bit going on here, but it all ties together fairly well in the end.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is good it tells you that things aren't always like they seem. Also tells you that the people you don't like sometimes aren't all that bad. This book is good it tells you that things aren't always like they seem. Also tells you that the people you don't like sometimes aren't all that bad.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This was an excellent history mystery by Elizabeth McDavid Jones. I remember distinctly not liking one of her books, so I was hesitant to read this one, but it was very good! I would love to read more of her books to see if I like them! This story is about Pam Lowder, a young girl who has an excellent talent with training animals. She and her Papa have trained some of the best pigeons in the country. But when her Papa goes off to fight in the Great War, Pam is left to take care of the pigeons by This was an excellent history mystery by Elizabeth McDavid Jones. I remember distinctly not liking one of her books, so I was hesitant to read this one, but it was very good! I would love to read more of her books to see if I like them! This story is about Pam Lowder, a young girl who has an excellent talent with training animals. She and her Papa have trained some of the best pigeons in the country. But when her Papa goes off to fight in the Great War, Pam is left to take care of the pigeons by herself. Eventually you find that an interesting new stranger has arrived in Pam's small, seemingly insignificant town. He has a foreign accent and his behavior is relatively strange to everyone in the town. He is very secretive and unusual. The townsfolk are sure that he is a German spy. What startles Pam is that he is extremely interested in her Papa's pigeons, which she refuses to sell to him, even for a shocking offer of two hundred dollars. Around the time that she refuses to sell the birds, they start to go missing. Pam is sure that the foreigner is connected with the missing birds, and she is willing to spy on HIM to find out the truth. This book won an award for children's best mystery, and I can honestly say that I can see why. This is one of those mysteries that makes sense when you look back at the plot after you've read the book. I loved reading it, and devoured the book in two days!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This story takes place in the U.S. In 1918, late in World War I. Pam Louder is a young girl who lives with her mother, with her father away fighting in the war. Pam loves to raise pigeons and has managed to train some to be able to fly at night. Into the area comes a man with a German accent who has an interest in pigeons and wants to buy Pam's, but she's not selling them. He seems to be spending money rather freely, but gradually Pam begins to wonder if he is actually a German spy. Propaganda o This story takes place in the U.S. In 1918, late in World War I. Pam Louder is a young girl who lives with her mother, with her father away fighting in the war. Pam loves to raise pigeons and has managed to train some to be able to fly at night. Into the area comes a man with a German accent who has an interest in pigeons and wants to buy Pam's, but she's not selling them. He seems to be spending money rather freely, but gradually Pam begins to wonder if he is actually a German spy. Propaganda of the time was virulently anti-German, and people expected spies to be everywhere. Things go bad when, one-by-one, Pam's pigeons start to disappear. She goes in search of the stranger's house and finds that he has lots and lots of pigeons already. Things aren't as simple as they seem, though, and Pam ends up suspecting a number of different people, in addition to which she actually ends up becoming involved in an important project to help the American army in their fight in Europe. There are lots of twists and turns in the story and it proves to be quite interesting, including the historical section which explains just how pigeons were of vital importance to the war effort for both sides. Definitely one of the better and more interesting books in the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    Yes, this is another of my collection of books acquired from teaching 4th grade. And yes, it's an American Girl book. But soooo good for a quick little read! Loved it. History, regional culture, and a cool little mystery and a heroine that anyone could identify with. Good story that I cannot wait to pass onto to one of my nieces! I also liked that the approach didn't make Pam perfect and addressed some of the issues of the time and place like poverty and discrimination. And Yes, this is another of my collection of books acquired from teaching 4th grade. And yes, it's an American Girl book. But soooo good for a quick little read! Loved it. History, regional culture, and a cool little mystery and a heroine that anyone could identify with. Good story that I cannot wait to pass onto to one of my nieces! I also liked that the approach didn't make Pam perfect and addressed some of the issues of the time and place like poverty and discrimination. And

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Didn't like the historical note and the story didn't focus on the aspects of WW1 I'm more interested in. Didn't like the historical note and the story didn't focus on the aspects of WW1 I'm more interested in.

  10. 4 out of 5

    SFrick

    Just one of the many reasons I like to read books for young adults is explained in detail at https://www.theguardian.com/childrens.... And I quote from their website which is very well written. "It’s not a secret that books written for children, teens and young adults (YAs) often sell far more copies than even the most popular adult reads. Although a relatively new market, having only really fully developed over the past 50 years, the children’s book industry has grown astronomically to become wor Just one of the many reasons I like to read books for young adults is explained in detail at https://www.theguardian.com/childrens.... And I quote from their website which is very well written. "It’s not a secret that books written for children, teens and young adults (YAs) often sell far more copies than even the most popular adult reads. Although a relatively new market, having only really fully developed over the past 50 years, the children’s book industry has grown astronomically to become worth millions of pounds worldwide, with authors such as JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Michael Morpurgo, John Green, and Jacqueline Wilson quickly becoming household favourites. Perhaps one of the most important things to note about the teen and YA market in particular, though, is that the majority of its readers (55%, according to a 2012 study) are actually adults. Yes, you read that right: adults. Once upon a time it would have been shameful for adults to read books written for teenagers, never mind admitting that publicly, but nowadays it has become so common that many have even taken to blogging to discuss and review what they have read. At YA events such as book signings and author talks, a staggering number of attendees are aged 18 or over – showing that the prior societal damnation of adults reading books for young people is no more. Perhaps the real mystery, then, is not why the works of the authors above have been so successful commercially (it’s because they’re amazing books), but why they, and other books like them, have appealed to so many people beyond their target audience. This in itself creates a sub-mystery, too: why do these books remain popular years after they are first published, and what is it about our current society and world that means that their messages and values are still applicable to us?"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    5/15/20 age 9 - The story is about a girl named Pam who has a passion for animals. I loved it! I liked the part when she got her pigeons back. I did not like the part when she and Henry got into a big fight. Words that describe this book: exciting, funny, surprising, scary, entertaining. It was surprising when she found out that a girl had approached Armiger not a boy. I would recommend this book to people who like fun stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A fun little mystery, with a few historical details. It's not a big winner for me because of some of the deception and attitudes, and yet usually the mother did try to correct her daughter, so you can look at it in various ways. It was a nice way to pass the time when I was recovering from sickness. A fun little mystery, with a few historical details. It's not a big winner for me because of some of the deception and attitudes, and yet usually the mother did try to correct her daughter, so you can look at it in various ways. It was a nice way to pass the time when I was recovering from sickness.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Mesa

    Part of the America Girl History Mystery series… enjoyable and educational with a spunky and snarky main character. Excellent intro to pigeons and how the helped the war effort. Good book for all ages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janel

    Our first World War I read aloud for history. A good mystery for young ears.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    Greta mystery and great read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love AG books becuase they introduce you to things you'd never think would be interesting or even think of. This wasn't a super mysterious mystery, but I did like it. Learned a lot. I love AG books becuase they introduce you to things you'd never think would be interesting or even think of. This wasn't a super mysterious mystery, but I did like it. Learned a lot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carol Stirling

    love this series

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hanson

    This was my first American Girl History Mystery. I think it was very well done for middle graders. There was just enough suspense and mystery to get you worried, but not freaked out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karis Chediak

    A girl named Pam is really dumb in school but she is really good at taming animals. And although her father is at war, she is still taking care of the farm and has trained her pigeons very well. All is going pretty good until a strange man comes into her town. His name was Arminger and when he visited her house, she told him about her pigeons. They were trained to deliver messages and could fly at nighttime. That was why they were called the Night Flyers. When she finished, Arminger said he was A girl named Pam is really dumb in school but she is really good at taming animals. And although her father is at war, she is still taking care of the farm and has trained her pigeons very well. All is going pretty good until a strange man comes into her town. His name was Arminger and when he visited her house, she told him about her pigeons. They were trained to deliver messages and could fly at nighttime. That was why they were called the Night Flyers. When she finished, Arminger said he was planning on raising pigeons and wanted to buy her pigeons. His offer was two hundred dollars. Now, two hundred dollars. Pam and her mother could really use that money. But Pam loves her pigeons and she says no, for now. Arminger tells her to think about it and that he would contact her. But soon, Pam's pigeons start disappearing, one by one. Was Arminger stealing her pigeons? She found where he lived and went there. She saw lots of pigeons lofts and wondered why Arminger would want her pigeons if he already had his own. But he caught her and brought her to a room. After talking for a while, Pam figured out that Arminger needed her pigeons for the war. They could carry secret messages through foreign lands at night time. But when she asked him why he was stealing them, he didn't know what she was talking about. So she figured out it wasn't him. Then she started accusing her nemesis, Henry Bagley. It turned out it wasn't him either. Then she figured out it was her neighbor Mattie. But the reason Mattie had stolen the pigeons was because her brother had all the family's pigeons and he never took care of them. Mattie wanted something of her own. So she had stolen the pigeons. But she gave them back and Pam promised to teach her how to train pigeons to deliver messages. I liked the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zach Larson

    The Night Flyers by Elizabeth McDavid Jones is a historical fiction book, part of the American Girl series. It takes place in 1918, and involves a young American girl named Pam whose dad is away fighting World War I. Pam raises homing pigeons and trains them to fly at night and come back to roost. A foreign stranger comes to town and subsequently, some of her pigeons start to disappear. She suspects the foreigner is to blame, and might even be a German spy, putting her own father’s life at risk. The Night Flyers by Elizabeth McDavid Jones is a historical fiction book, part of the American Girl series. It takes place in 1918, and involves a young American girl named Pam whose dad is away fighting World War I. Pam raises homing pigeons and trains them to fly at night and come back to roost. A foreign stranger comes to town and subsequently, some of her pigeons start to disappear. She suspects the foreigner is to blame, and might even be a German spy, putting her own father’s life at risk. This is an effective way for young girls to develop an interest in the WWI era. I would recommend it for 4-6 grade reading to accommodate a history unit from that era.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is an American Girl History Mystery. It takes place in 1918 during WWI. Pam Lowder, age 12, has taken over her father's homing pigeons while he is fighting in France. She has a way with animals, and her pigeons can fly at night. When a mysterious stranger wants to buy her pigeons, she thinks he must be a German spy. This is a good historical novel that teaches about WWI. It's for girls ages 10 and up. This is an American Girl History Mystery. It takes place in 1918 during WWI. Pam Lowder, age 12, has taken over her father's homing pigeons while he is fighting in France. She has a way with animals, and her pigeons can fly at night. When a mysterious stranger wants to buy her pigeons, she thinks he must be a German spy. This is a good historical novel that teaches about WWI. It's for girls ages 10 and up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I really liked this book because it's two of my favorite genres: mystery and historical fiction. It follows a girl named Pam who lives during WWI and takes care of her dad's homing pigeons. She soon finds out an enemy spy is trying to use those pigeons and she has to find out who and stop them. The mystery wasn't my favorite, but I still really enjoyed the story. Would recommend this. I really liked this book because it's two of my favorite genres: mystery and historical fiction. It follows a girl named Pam who lives during WWI and takes care of her dad's homing pigeons. She soon finds out an enemy spy is trying to use those pigeons and she has to find out who and stop them. The mystery wasn't my favorite, but I still really enjoyed the story. Would recommend this.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Captures life on the WWI home front in rural America - fear of the enemy, loss of family members serving overseas, sacrifices made by those left behind. Great highlight of a little-known aspect about how messenger pigeons were used in the war. Enjoyable read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    School library. The kids fight, hate, disobey, lie, etc. but the historical value outweighs the bad, in my opinion. It passes. (but I'm really tired of American Girl. Maybe it has something to do with my girls being so enchanted) School library. The kids fight, hate, disobey, lie, etc. but the historical value outweighs the bad, in my opinion. It passes. (but I'm really tired of American Girl. Maybe it has something to do with my girls being so enchanted)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Touching story with lots of details.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    i liked it because it had lots of suspense and animals and suprises.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin(and Hannah)

    A good easy-read historical/ mystery series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    WWII. Carrier pidgeons. Spies. Courageous girl and friends. Good read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    American Girl book set in World War I and tells of the training of pigeons and suspected espionage...............

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The History Mysteries series were books that my dad used to surprise me with when I was younger. They're oldies but goodies to me and have quite the sentimental value The History Mysteries series were books that my dad used to surprise me with when I was younger. They're oldies but goodies to me and have quite the sentimental value

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