Many children who join us each year look forward their vacation at Madden’s for months. For Gianna Bonello-Freund, 11, looking forward to Madden’s just wasn’t enough. Gianna was excited to visit Madden’s for the first time ever. In preparation for her week-long visit with her aunts, uncles, and cousins, she toured our entire website and took our virtual tour. Then in anticipation, Gianna wrote a story about Gull Lake. And this wasn’t just any story. Gianna, a single child, sprinkled the story with characters based on several of her cousins and family members. The 19 page document, cover page and all, tells the story of a family visiting Madden’s. A mystery develops when precious jewels go missing on the resort. The story reminded me of the many Boxcar Children books I read as a child as the “Mcleian” children solve the crime.
Gianna Bonello-Freund crafted a story about a mystery at Madden's in anticipation for her vacation.
Here are several clips from Gianna’s 19 page story…
As the family was heading back to their cabin a lady who was biking on a pink sparkly bike dropped a white letter. Grace got off her bike and picked it up. She could see the letters fairly well as she read them: Tell Jason tomorrow to get a hold on that treasure. Grace got on her bike and pedaled as fast as she could and yelling all the way until she caught up with that lady. She had long blond hair, blue eyes and was surprisingly wearing high heels. “Give me that!” The lady [Sasha Drole] screamed, “How did you get that?” “You dropped it. I only picked it up for you,” Grace replied a little nervously.
FLASHING REPORT AT MADDEN’S: YESTURDAY ON JULY 17, 2011, A LADY NAME CRISTIA MONTEROLY WOKE UP, LOOKED ON HER DRESSER AND CRIED “SOMEONE STOLE MY JEWELS”! HER PEARL RING AND DIAMOND WEDDING RING HAD BEEN STOLEN. SHE CALLS THEM HER TREASURES AND IF ANYONE SEES ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS PLEASE TELL THE SECEARTY GUARDS AT THE FRONT GATES. “THESE ARE MY ONLY REAL JEWELS, AND MY HUSBAND GAVE THEM TO ME. PLEASE FIND THEM,” CRISTIA SAYS, “THEY ARE MY ONLY JEWELS.”
The children in the story enjoyed time at the Wilson Bay beach in between solving the mystery.
A skinny girl with pretty long dark hair came up to them, wearing purple jeans and carrying a black sparkly handbag. “Oh, hi Momma, Daddy, how was the pizza?” The girl said. “Emily where were you, and what were you doing?” Mrs. Noter asked. “I was getting ice cream.” “We told both of you to meet us in the pizza shop. Why didn’t you?” Mr. Noter asked…”Now I want you to meet our friends. They are staying above us. This is Ben and Chloe Mcleian. Then its baby Kelsey and, oh I don’t know the rest.” Mrs. Noter said. “I’m Grace and I’m eleven. This is Garrett, who is nine…”
“Oh yes Jason, I love her jewels. They sparkle so much and they really match brown eyes. They’re so pretty,” Sasha said. The children looked at each other. Sasha stole the jewels they were all thinking. Today was Thursday and they had gotten there on Sunday. They were leaving Saturday, so they had only two days to catch Sasha Drole.
Garrett ran to the window and saw Sasha Drole and Mark Noter walking along. “I know but-,” Mark said. “Listen to me, Mark. If you keep acting the way you are, then you are going to be in trouble,” Sasha snarled at Mark, as she looked at her watch. “Now go. It’s late.”
About midnight Gianna heard another scratching noise at the window. She woke Grace and they tiptoed to the sliding door. They saw a pair of purple jeans and a pearl ring and a diamond wedding ring sticking out of a black purse. The jeans were hanging on a branch, and the purse was hanging on a tree branch. Gianna and Grace looked at each other thinking, the jewels! “I’ve seen those jeans before, but where?” Grace said. “I recognize that handbag…”
They stayed watching until midnight, finally when almost all of the children were almost asleep, they heard a noise. They saw the back door of the building and a slim figure step out. When the person got to the tree, she climbed it, until she came to the balcony, there, the children could see their their parents pretending to be asleep. When the person got up to the branch in which the jeans and jewels were hiding, the person cried “Where did they go!” Mark jumped out, the parents got out of bed, and opened the sliding glass back door and Grace shined the flashlight at the tree. The person lost balance and fell. Luckily Mark was there to catch the person. When he caught the person he was looking into the face of his own sister.
**Eventually the missing jewels were found. Emily Noter had stolen them in hopes of a new cell phone. She returned them to Cristia Monteroly and paid her $900 to make up for it. All of the small mysteries that had arisen throughout the week were explained when everyone gathered as the Police arrived. The Mcleian children returned home Saturday “sad, but also proud and happy for solving the mystery.”