The Turquoise Trail Mystery (Barbie and Friends Book Club) by Rita Baldacci
Barbie is a model working in Santa Fe, showcasing beautiful turquoise jewelry. She meets the designer, Rosa, and the two become instant friends.
Rosa is a Pueblo Native American and offers to show Barbie around the new and old parts of the region. As she hands her a map to show her where to go, Barbie remarks on the artistry of it and stumbles onto a mystery.
Rosa’s sister Susanna has been missing. She was a talented artist and wanted to leave the Southwest for New York City. Her grandfather, an elder in the tribe, did not want her to leave as he worried that she would forget her culture if separated from her people. After the fight, Susannah ran away.
And she isn’t the only thing to have vanished. Around that time a very important headdress, one used in an important ceremony, also disappeared. Until it can be recovered, no ceremonies are allowed to continue.
The jewelry photos come out perfect and Barbie gets time off. That works out perfectly as Rosa calls her up to invite her to come with her for an art show. They look at the paintings, but one of them puts Rosa into total shock! It is her grandfather in his headdress! It wasn’t signed but instead a symbol of scissors cutting through a blue line.
There are two other paintings by the same artist and when they look at the area where a signature should be, they discover two other symbols. One is a red half circle on a line, like a setting sun. The other had a box with a squiggly line coming out. Both remind Barbie and Rosa of the symbols that Susannah would use and decide they must be clues to lead to where she lives.
They look at a map and discover the Turquoise Trail, figuring that must be the blue line in the first painting/symbol and they make plans to investigate the next day. As the continue past ghost towns they come to near the end of the trail, going to Tijeras Canyon, figuring that is the scissors on the map (Tijeras means scissors in Spanish).
They later head down sunset road and find the symbol of the last painting to be group of trees by a river. As they continue down will they find what they are looking for? Susannah and the headdress? Or will this all have been one giant wild goose chase?
Thoughts After Reading:
It was an extremely cute story and I loved it. It is one of my favorite of the Barbie stories I received in the book club.
For more Barbie books, go to The Secret of the Three Teardrops
For more children’s books, go to The Silver Deer
For more mysteries involving a disappearance, go to Emilie and the Sky World