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Closed for the season a mystery story /

The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn't been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look... Full description

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Other Authors: Andrews, MacLeod.
Format: Electronic
Language: English
Published: Brilliance Audio, 2011
Series: Brilliance Audio on compact disc.
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The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn't been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He's sure they'll discover important clues to the mystery they're trying to solve: Who killed Myrtle Donaldson? And what happened to the money she handled as head bookkeeper at the Magic Forest?Arthur and Logan's quest takes them to the lowest -- and highest -- levels of society in their small Virginia town. The boys must pay another visit to the Magic Forest, this time in the middle of the night. And this time they find the killer waiting for them among the shadowy kudzu vines.


Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-When 12-year-old Logan moves to his new home in a sleepy Virginia town, he finds himself enmeshed in the mysteries that surround the abandoned Magic Forest amusement park. Was the previous owner of his house murdered? Why did the park close? Logan and his new neighbor, Arthur, prove to be both resourceful and brave as they take on scary rednecks and sly real estate agents in their pursuit of the truth. Narrator MacLeod Andrews reads Mary Downing Hahn's action-packed mystery (Clarion, 2009) with an understated expressiveness, yielding the spotlight to the tight, suspenseful story. Believable family relationships keep Logan and Arthur grounded and contribute a few light-hearted moments. Character voices are menacing, shrill, or humorous, but never tip over into caricature. Listeners are drawn into Logan and Arthur's world-a small town with its overgrown amusement park in the midst of a hot and humid Virginia summer-as their investigation grows perilous. A wonderful treatment of a terrific book.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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AUTHOR NOTES

Mary Downing Hahn grew up in College Park, Maryland. After graduating college, she worked as an art teacher, a college instructor, and a children's librarian in Prince George's Public Library System. She published her first novel, The Sara Summer, at the age of 41. Since then, she has been a full-time writer and averages one book a year. Her ghost story Wait till Helen Comes was the winner of 12 state children's book awards and she received the Scott O'Dell award for her World War II novel Stepping on the Cracks. She currently lives with her husband in Columbia, Maryland.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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