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The Mystery of the Strand of Pearls, Part 1



The Mystery of the Strand of Pearls, Part 1
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.58

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     challenging words:    bedpost, ignite, luminescent, inspiration, patchwork, reflection, ridiculous, strand, mahogany, stuffy, nightstand, upcoming, antique, petticoat, further, scraps


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The Mystery of the Strand of Pearls, Part 1
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Felicity fingered the antique strand of pearls lovingly. Each bead represented a memory. This strand of pearls had been worn by her great-grandmother at her wedding. Then her grandmother and her mother had followed in the tradition. Now, the precious heirloom belonged to Felicity's older sister, Jane. The luminescent strand glowed in Felicity's hand, and she noticed that her palm was sweating. She was so worried. Where was Jane?
 
2     Felicity looked around Jane's room. Heavy mahogany furniture sagged in the corners. She saw her own reflection in the large oval mirror on top of the dresser. Her dark hair was twisted in a braid around her head. The brown curls contrasted sharply with her bright pink satin dress. She prided herself on her appearance and took good care of her clothes. It annoyed her to see a blue sash thrown carelessly across Jane's bed.
 
3     Jane was so careless with her things! It was amazing that their grandmother had given her the old strand of pearls in the first place. Jane was the oldest, so it was her turn to have the pearls. Still, the way Jane had left them in a tangled pile on the bed next to the sash aggravated Felicity. But how could she be irritated when Jane was nowhere to be found? She had been missing since last night.

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