Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson
Eleven-year old “Audacity Jones” – Audie – is a resident of Miss Maisie Witherton’s School for Wayward girls. She is the lynchpin that holds things together as she has assumed many responsibilities that Miss Witherton neglects. Audie’s spunk often results in her banishment to “The Punishment Room” – the Witherton library – where she reads voraciously. The appearance of Commodore Crutchfield, a wealthy businessman, and his desire to “adopt” an orphan change the course of Audie’s life. As the pair travel by chauffeured car from Indiana to Washington, D.C.
It turns out the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie -- plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot. Before she knows it, Audie winds up in the White House kitchens, where she's determined to stop the Commodore dead in his tracks. Can Audie save the day before it's too late?