Closed for the Season

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A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place.

Two 13-year-old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed ...

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Overview

A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place.

Two 13-year-old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season.

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Literature

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Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery

“As always, [Hahn] is brilliant at establishing tone—eerie, creepy and surreal. The ‘cold case’ mystery, the over-the-top fun of the Magic Forest scenes and the even darker mysteries of friendship and school life will make this a sure hit.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Another well-done, action-packed mystery from Hahn. . . . Just the right amount of frightening and dangerous elements to entice readers.”—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Long-time readers of Hahn's work will be pleased to find that she retains her magic for writing mysteries for young readers. Logan is not happy about his family's move from Richmond to the small town where his father will teach. He is even less happy when Arthur, the kid next door, decides to become Logan's new best friend! Arthur, who lives with his grandmother, quickly makes himself at home at Logan's. He walks in without knocking, arriving most days in time for breakfast, and he quickly learns where cookies and other snacks are stashed in the cupboards. Shortly after they meet, Arthur informs Logan that the home's last owner, Mrs. Donaldson, was murdered in the basement. She had been employed by a now-closed amusement park that accused her of embezzling thousands of dollars. Arthur decides that he and Logan should solve the mystery. Logan soon realizes that Arthur is not highly regarded by his peers, but he slowly comes to regard the initially-unwanted companion as a friend. Their investigation takes them all around town. They find a clue hand-written by Mrs. Donaldson in Logan's musty attic, search local history files at the local library, and even trespass at the overgrown Magic Forest amusement park. The scenes in the park are downright creepy. There is high drama as the boys try to stay one step ahead of those involved in both crimes. Astute readers may solve the mystery for themselves as they read. Hahn has woven family abuse, social class and ethical issues into this engaging and quick read. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
VOYA - Karen Sykeny
Hahn creates a wonderful, fast-paced tale for adventure and mystery fans, in which Logan Forbes finds himself moving into a run down house in Bealesville, a new town outside of Richmond, Virginia. Before he even enters his new home, he learns from the boy next door that it is known as the "murder house." The previous owner was Mrs. Donaldson, who three years prior was found dead at her cellar steps and her house ransacked. Despite the weird factor of Logan's new neighbor, Arthur Jenkins, they become fast friends with similar hobbies like reading, exploring, and staying away from sports. They begin to discover clues as to what happened to the missing money from the local "closed for the season" and recently sold amusement park, the Magic Forest, where the late Mrs. Donaldson worked. Logan and Arthur must overcome local bullies, strains of new friendship, being social misfits, dangers of exploring a condemned amusement park, and gathering enough evidence to prove Mrs. Donaldson's innocence and catch the killer embezzler before starting a new school year without being labeled losers. This story has a great combination of plot, setting, and characters. Readers will enjoy trying to solve the murder mystery while identifying with the social misfortunes of being unpopular, entering middle school, and moving into a new town. It is a worthy addition to any popular fiction collection. This novel is a page turner with an engaging main character in Logan Forbes and his crazy sidekick Arthur. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Another well-done, action-packed mystery from Hahn. This book starts off as seventh-grader Logan Forbes learns that a murder had been committed in his family's new house three years earlier. Myrtle Donaldson, a bookkeeper accused of embezzling from the local amusement park, was found dead in her ransacked house and her killer is still at large. Logan's next-door neighbor, Arthur Jenkins, a sixth grader with a bottomless stomach and a quirky personality, is convinced that Mrs. Donaldson was falsely accused, and he wants Logan to help him find the real perpetrator. The boys discover a letter and puzzle left among the woman's possessions that convinces them they are on the right track. Their investigation includes visiting the abandoned and overgrown Magic Forest amusement park, a reporter with secrets, shady property developers, a menacing convict, and purloined library materials. It all culminates in a terrifying nighttime showdown among the kudzu at the Magic Forest where the truth is revealed. This is an enjoyable mystery with just the right amount of frightening and dangerous elements to entice readers. Logan is a sympathetic character—a new kid in town trying to find his place in the pecking order, almost immediately befriended by someone on the lowest rung who turns out the be the right friend for him.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Logan Forbes will have a lot to say in his "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" report in seventh grade next fall. His family has moved into a house known as the "murder house," he's made friends with nerdy outcast Arthur Jenkins and the boys have teamed up to help solve a murder and find embezzled money hidden in the nearby Magic Forest, a theme park now bankrupt and fallen into nightmarish disrepair. Though the murder mystery is the hook, this is really a story of two outsiders becoming friends played out in the small Virginia town of Bealesville, as Hahn capably dissects social strata of the town and school. The first-person voice serves the story well, though Logan occasionally seems too young for his observations. As always, the author is brilliant at establishing tone-eerie, creepy and surreal. The "cold case" mystery, the over-the-top fun of the Magic Forest scenes and the even darker mysteries of friendship and school life will make this a sure hit. (Mystery. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547398532
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Pages: 182
  • Sales rank: 96,511
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY DOWNING HAHN is the Edgar Award-winning author of many popular ghost stories and mysteries, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. A former librarian, an avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

www.MaryDowningHahnBooks.com

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing!

    Closed for the Season is an azming book by Mary Downing Hahn. If you like suspense, mystery, and murder, this is for you! Buy this book!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Awesome book

    this is a wonderful mystery that just makes you want to keep reading. i would highly reccomend this book to all people that enjoy mysterys.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    New to the neighborhood, Logan isn't exactly thrilled when Arthur, the weird kid next door, bustles over to welcome him. Right away, Logan can tell that Arthur is going to be a challenge.

    The other less than thrilling thing that Logan learns about his new home is that its previous owner, Myrtle Donaldson, was murdered. How come his parents didn't check out something like that before they agreed to buy the rundown place?

    At least it's summer vacation, so Logan has time to get to know the place before he's thrust into making friends at school. He's not much of an athlete, and if his past school experiences are any indication, making friends with the cool kids will probably be a disaster.

    When Arthur shows up on Logan's doorstep and offers to show him around, he guesses his friendship is better than nothing. The two end up having a lot in common and finding Myrtle Donaldson's killer turns them into a sort of crime-fighting team.

    The murder, the possibility of the killer's involvement in embezzlement, and the bulldozing of a local, historic amusement park all combine for some great adventure. Normally law-abiding Logan find himself following the lead of reckless Arthur as they investigate Logan's musty attic, the local library, and the overgrown grounds of Magic Forest. They are clever and creative enough to discover some clues that lead them into some dangerous territory.

    Mary Downing Hahn is a master of mystery. As the author of novels for young people, she captures the spooky atmosphere of the old amusement park and the excitement of the chase as she reveals the clues to the years old murder mystery.

    CLOSED FOR THE SEASON is an excellent addition to any middle grade mystery collection.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Cover Better Than Content

    I bought this book because it looked and sounded every bit as interesting as The Old Willis Place and The Doll in in the Garden. Instead I found it disappointing and very frustrating. The story was predictable, the adults were either complete air heads (Logan's mother) or extremely rude and completely out of line in dealing with children which were not their own (Nina / Mr. DiSilvio). Nina's personality was not consistent. First she is friendly with the boys, the next she seems to be trying to seduce "Mr. DiSilvio" at a party, then she is lying to Logan's mother and purposely hurting two innocent children and in the end she is unsympathetic and rude to the innocent victim's daughter. I thought the reactions and conversations were unrealistic and the people, with the exception of perhaps Logan and his father, were ugly and annoying. In the end it is "Nina, Mr. DiSilvio and Logan's mother" who I found myself wishing had been murdered. That would have been justifiable homicide.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Great Book :)

    It is a great book... read it.:^.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Great Book! I loved it!

    This is a great book for anyone. It has some mystery, some suspense, and always kept me interested. If you are looking for a quick good read this is great, because it is not too short and not too long. You will LOVE it if you are like me (into mysteries and suspense)!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    peace everybody

    i read this book and i like it it is a really good book and i got it at my schools bookfair and it is written by my fagorite author like my favorite celebrity is jaden amith xause he is hot an is a good singer and i love his sister also bye!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    Great book!

    this is an amazing book from, what i hear, an amazing author. i love the storyline, characters, the way it hooks you, and the surprise ending. although it is a bit under my reading level, it is still an awesome book to read. WELL WORTH YOUR TIME! and two thumb up! :)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    awsome

    awsome and theilling you wont want to put it down

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    It Was OK

    Although I respect Ms. Mary Downing Hahn and love her books and the way they capture you and pull you in, I was dissapointed in this book. In her other books she adds suspense like I know of almost no other authors to do, but in this book, it was almost..well..BORING! Im sorry, but I didnt care for it.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Awesome book

    This book rocks

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Fun

    I love

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    A

    It was a great book i cried and laughed through the whole book. I couldnt put it down! My heart may have dropped throughout the book too!! I wish there was another book for it. Overall it was the best book i have ever read. Perfect for ages 8-12

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Closed for the season

    I love this book so much

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Love it

    I read this book in 1 day. In faxt it only took me 6 hours. Haha. I am 12 years old and love mysteries and i couldnt put the book down!!!! WORTH EVERY LAST PENNY!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    AWSOME AWSOME AWSOME!

    IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THISSSSSSSSSSSS BOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Best Book Ever

    It was so good and exciting. If you like page turners this is a book for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    Closed for the season

    I think it might be a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Bla

    This book is not very scary and is only exiciting in the last twenty or so pages. Starts of very slow and many typos.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Amazing

    This is the most amazing book i have read!The book has amazing twist and spooky parts in the beginning middle and end of the book!This is a very interesting book!

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