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The Wishing Well (Penny Parker Mystery Stories #8)

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Wishes made at a well on an old abandoned estate are mysteriously granted, and Penny searches for the explanation. In addition to magical qualities, the well appears to have a tangible hidden value since the property owner is seen searching the vicinity, and a neighbor tries to buy the land. Penny investigates and discovers not only the secret of the well but also a ...more
Published 1942 by Cupples & Leon
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Ivonne Rovira
Feb 04, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girl detectives of any age
The eighth entry in the Penny Parker series, The Wishing Well, was engrossing enough that I read the entire thing in one sitting!

Penny Parker and her best friend Louise Sidell befriend an impoverished orphan named Rhoda Wiegand. Curiously, two Texans turn up out of the blue and attempt to adopt Rhoda and her brother Ted; however, both Rhoda and Penny suspect that the would-be adoptive Texan, Mr. Coaten, isn’t as kindly or altruistic as he wants to seem.

A second mystery centers on a Mrs. James
Norman Cook
Apr 24, 2016 Norman Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are three separate mysteries, but it's not clear until near the end that they are separate, creating some interesting red herrings. Quite a sophisticated plot device, especially for a young-adult novel.

One thing this book makes clear is that Penny is no older than 16, since it's stated that her new friend Rhoda is 17 and is "older." This means that Penny is licensed to drive by herself at 16! It also makes her implied infatuation with newspaper reporter Jerry even more creepy. It's also st
Eric Wood
Aug 19, 2015 Eric Wood rated it it was amazing
This has to be my favorite Penny Parker book so far! This had a smooth, intriguing mystery that you can't put down, and is way better then The Clock Strikes Thirteen! So overall this is a excellent mystery to read on a quiet day, and it deserves 5 stars!
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Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson (aka: Mildred Benson)

Writing under Stratemeyer Syndicate pen name Carolyn Keene from 1929 to 1947, she contributed to 23 of the first 25 originally published Nancy Drew mysteries. She was one of 28 individuals who helped produce the Syndicate's Nancy Drew mystery books from 1929 to 1984.

Edward Stratemeyer hired Benson in 1926. She was paid a flat fee of $125 for the
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Penny Parker Mystery Stories (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Secret Pact (Penny Parker Mystery Stories, #6)
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