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Closed for the Season

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by Mary Downing Hahn
     
 

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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

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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 for the season.

Editorial Reviews

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)
From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547398532
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/06/2010
Pages:
182
Sales rank:
91,549
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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From the Publisher
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

Meet the Author

MARY DOWNING HAHN, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Wait Till Helen Comes, which is being adapted for film. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her cat, Oscar. Visit her online at www.marydowninghahnbooks.com.

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Closed for the Season 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 177 reviews.
volt55b More than 1 year ago
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!
Jeanne-Marie Dolce More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love marys books thanks 2 my friend olivia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good and exciting. If you like page turners this is a book for you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book a lot because of the plot and it was definitely a little different than other books because of the story. This book was really fast-paced and easy to read. I couldn't put this book down because it was so suspenseful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWSOME
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This book is really good so far people should read this! You will have goosebumps!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read 4 a easy grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have this book its not Ebook though... Its paper kind and its from a book-fair like last year but i was never inststed un it so its not nessesary to buy it when u already have it as a book.
jgoeller More than 1 year ago
An outstanding middle grade mystery. Well written, with memorable characters and lots of suspense. Fun for adult readers, too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome. It was scary and suspenesful. I spelled that wrong didnt l?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How awesome is this book. It will leave you hanging on every chapter! Very suspenceful!
cristinaCH More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that made you not want to stop reading. You just want to take it all in at once. Logan and Arthur take t the mistery of Logan's house muder and the closing of the amusement park. Read it, it's worth it. -Cristina Vazquez. Timber Creek High School Class of 2014
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Closed for the Season" by Mary Downing Hahn is an exciting thriller about a tween who moves into a house in a town he dosen't even want to be associated with. But one thing he didn't know: someone was killed in his basement. The murder victim had worked at an old amusement park, and was accused of stealing the park's income. Now it's up to him and his new niehbor/friend to clear her name and put her killer behind bars. Read to find out how it all turns out in Mary Downing Hahn's "Closed for the Season"! ~A Mudstar Review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! Im almost done with it! I have to read it for school as a summer project. It is not scary at all, but more of a mystery. If you like books like the Nancy Drew series, this book is for you! -Blazetail
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I adire this book
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This is one of the amazingest books ever i myself love th book bt my favorite yet is a doll in the garden... honestly all her books are amazing
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This book is great anyone who can read this level of book should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery to solve and enjoyed reading it.
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