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A Mystery for Thoreau

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Sixteen-year-old Oliver Puckle, news gatherer for the Concord Freeman in the summer of 1846, has his work cut out for him when word arrives of a gruesome murder at Walden Pond. It seems the only citizen who is not a suspect is the poetphilosopher Henry David Thoreau, who spent the night locked in the local jail for refusing to pay his poll tax. As Oliver leads the charge t ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Feb 04, 2016 Chazzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, mystery
Oliver Puckle is 16 in the summer of 1846, living in Concord and writing for his uncle's paper the "Concord Freeman". This will be a summer he will not forget.

Miss Margaret Roberts comes to Concord and is looking to start fresh. She then suddenly vanishes and shortly after a body is discovered at Walden Pond. Is it this beautiful woman who just arrived? Why and how did the murder happen? With Oliver's uncle away on business in Boston, it is up to Oliver to handle keeping the paper going with the
Oct 16, 2013 Talene rated it really liked it
Young adult historical fictional mystery set in Concord, MA in 1846. The book is very well written and published posthumously by the Author's son, Christopher Platt, who discovered nearly 2 dozen unpublished manuscripts. In his foreword, Christopher Platt, tells about his father's career as a prolific writer of comic books, cartoons, and novels in many genres, and about his efforts to republish Kin's work. The Author made his living in cartoons and comic books (Marvel and DC Comics), and worked ...more
Oct 15, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Oliver Puckle is a reporter for his uncle's newspaper in Concord in 1836, and he is always interested in stories for the paper. Henry Thoreau's arrest for not paying his poll tax is one such story. However, more sinister affairs are afoot in Concord. A mysterious young lady arrives from Boston and wants to place an advertisement for employment in the newspaper, and then disappears. Then the body of a local madwoman is found by Walden Pond. Now Oliver and his friends must solve the mystery before ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Joan rated it really liked it
short mystery which is really a detailed fictionalized account of Thoreau's lifestyle in Concord, Ma. and how he relates to the townspeople. His mindset is presented in a sympathetic manner, showing the eccentric he was. The murder mystery is not so much a mystery as a device for portraying the social mores of the times in a small New England town. Entertaining read.
Author's son gives an overview of author's career and this work was a venture into an entirely new genre, he previously did story
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Oct 04, 2012 Ellie Vickery rated it it was amazing
Although this book is aimed at teenagers, I found it to be very entertaining, and somewhat enlightening about the time period which it is written about. I really enjoyed that historical characters like Thoreau acted as I would have imagined they would act if I had only read about them in an English class.
May 23, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
I really loved the historical aspect of this book. Amazing that Thoreau, Emerson, the Alcott family and Hawthorne all were in the same town at the same time! The mystery in the story really was not that great, but an enjoyable read. I am always a sucker for a posthumous piece.
Oct 13, 2014 Tyler rated it it was ok
This book was okay, it was only interesting from a historical point of view. It gave an interesting account of what Concord was like in the 1800s, however otherwise it was not particularly interesting. It got mildly interesting when one of the characters died, but the solution was only okay.
Oct 20, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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May 15, 2009 Jennifer Rodriguez rated it it was ok
Reading this for "Kiss the Book" Blogspot.

Very uninteresting - it's intended as a teen novel, there's no way a teen would willing muddle through it..
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Kin Platt (1911–2003) was the author of the perennially popular I Can Read Book Big Max, as well as several outstanding young-adult novels and the Max Roper mystery series for adults. Mr. Platt was also a noted cartoonist.

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