Children's book about Quaker riddles?
May 18, 2012 4:17 AM Subscribe
Children's book about Quaker riddles? I read it as a kid, I remember a hell of a lot about it -- except of course the title.
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I feel like the title was something like "The Riddle of the Sieve" but google doesn't turn anything like that up. The plot twist/conclusion centered around the fact that 'riddle' was an American colonial synonym for sieve (apparently). The story featured a boy and his great-aunt (I think) who was a Quaker. There was a boy-ghost from the revolutionary war era who was helping the boy solve the riddle that drove the plot of the book. At the end of the book the boy sits in on a Quaker meeting (which before he'd thought was boring?) and ends up saying something profound -- I think? I have been trying to find this book for years but finally decided the Hive Mind might be the only place that can help me.
I read the book in the early 1990s, but it was likely published much earlier than that. I loved historical fiction as a kid and basically read anything on that shelf in the library.