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The Tangled Web is a Historical Character Mystery that is part of Julie's books.


From the Central Series


Only in The Tangled Web

Chapter By Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Figure in the Fog

Chapter Two: New Girl

Chapter Three: Spy Radio

Chapter Four: Puzzle Pieces

Chapter Five: Secrets

Chapter Six: An Unsettling Visit

Chapter Seven: The Ogre

Chapter Eight: Visit to a Painted Lady

Chapter Nine: A Sticky Web

Chapter Ten: Caught!

Chapter Eleven: Second Chances

Chapter Twelve: Thanksgiving

Looking Back

Discusses how people began to focus on making healthy living accessible. Topics discussed:

  • The need to accommodate disabled people in public and older buildings
  • The passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, prohibiting discrimination against the disabled applying for federal assistance and employment
  • The failure to enforce the Rehabilitation Act, which led Judy Heumann to stage a 26-day sit-in at the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare in San Francisco
  • How the enforcement of the Act affected disabled Vietnam War veterans
  • How the Vietnam War not only affected soldiers, but civilian opinion as well
  • The lack of support Vietnam War veterans faced when they returned home
  • How people began to focus more on healthy living, such as partaking in exercise, yoga, and paying attention to what they ate
  • The development of farmers' markets
  • Alice Waters, who founded Chez Panisse and pioneered the concept of California cuisine


Book Covers


  1. In Chapter 1 Mrs. Albright mentions the possible presence of rain, and in Chapter 2 T. J. mentions it rained on Sunday. The only Sunday in November that rained in San Francisco was the 14th.
  2. The story ends on Thanksgiving evening. Thanksgiving in 1976 was November 25th.