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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  931 ratings  ·  89 reviews
At the same time that Matt and Parker find the body of the dead man in the creek, they recognize George Evans, the owner of the antique shop where Parker's mother works.
ebook, 144 pages
Published November 16th 2009 by Clarion Books (first published March 26th 1990)
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Mar 23, 2011 Rio rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eney one
Recommended to Rio by: my teacher
The reason that i chose this book is because it sondid intersetin witch it was. This book is an ok book. It is an easy read it only took me a week to read the book. The setting of the book takes place in a small town and in the woods. The main characters are Parker Pettengill and Matt Armentrout they are to best frisnd and do a lot to gethere. The plot of the book is that the two kids are tring to figer out who killed the man in the creek because he looks fermilure. so they folow Parkers moms bo ...more
First just let me say--how incredibly ugly is this edition's cover? The faces look like melted wax sculptures.

Hahn writes what I can only describe as a great juvenile crime thriller, complete with a (unrequited) love triangle, drug rings, late-night chases through dark streets and teenagers drinking up by the old quarry...well maybe that last bit is unique to the juvenile branch. After the discovery of the body, the story builds up really fast and Matt and Parker come face to face with a dangero
The reason i choose to read this book is because it sounded interesting i like books that have mysterys in them and this book did. This book is a relistic fiction. This book takes place in the present day in a smaller town. The main characters are Parker and Matthew. Parker is a skinny kid who is very active with blond hair. He is also very nosy and what's to know everything that is going on. Matthew is a chunkier kid but he still can keep up with Parker and he is always really carefull. Parker ...more
Gabby Lambert
The Dead Man in Indian Creek

If you like a page turning book, then you should read The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn. The book is about two boys named Parker and Matthew, who are best friends. On a hot summer day, Parker convinces Matt and his dog Otis to go on a camping trip with him by Indian Creek, as a last hurrah before summer ends. They bike there for eight miles and spend the night. The next morning, they go by Indian Creek to watch a blue heron and Otis starts jumping aro
Best friends, Matt and Parker, live in very different households...Matt, with his mom and dad who watch over him constantly and a little annoying sister, Charity, and Parker who lives with his beautiful, widowed, young mom, Pam who hardly knows what he's doing half the time. Pam, loves Parker, but loves her life too. She starts dating her rich, older boss and things really begin to change.

Matt and Parker decide to camp out one weekend before the weather turns colder, but much to their horror th
Michael M.
This book was great fiction for me! Most of the time I read fantasy or Sci-fi books, and usually the things in those books don't exsist, so it's good for me to read a realistic adventure somtimes. The title may sound weird, but this book was certainly a page-turner. And since anything in this book coul've happened and probably did happen at one point in history, it makes the suspense even better! Great adventure and mystery!
Krista Stevens
Good mystery - especially for younger readers. Matt and Parker are great characters - believable and real. How they think about trying to find out what is really happening with Parker's mom and her boss sounds like many kids this age. Not too gruesome, but it is action packed.

What I wish...
Matt's parents are a little weak - they would NOT let their child go trick or treating with a murderer still lose and they are far too easy with Matt's sister, who has no redeeming qualities at all.

The ending
Jaycee Dixon
I thought this book was very good! I have read a couple of Mary Downing Hahn's books and I have loved every single one of them. This book really caught my attention and it was difficult for me to put it down. It was very thrilling and I was excited to pick it up and read it. I think this book would be fun to read out loud to a class but I would definitely read it to an older grade level. It had some pretty controversial things within and I don't think younger children should quite be exposed to ...more
Phew. So I guess there are still some Mary Downing Hahn books I like after all. So glad my bad experience with Stepping on the Cracks didn’t repeat with this one. Maybe I should just focus on her mystery and/or ghost stories instead? Those are the ones I mostly read anyway as a kid.

The mystery in this was fun, albeit a little far-fetched at times, but overall it was a quick entertaining read, and good for Fall/October/Halloween time too. There were nerve-wracking moments in it too that kept you
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Dead Man in Indian Creek
By Mary Downing Hahn

“While camping near Indian Creek, Matt and his best friend, Parker, get up early to see if they can spot a blue heron. Instead, they find the body of a dead man floating in the clear water.
Parker is sure that George Evans, the smooth-talking antiques dealer who is dating his mother, must somehow be connected to the dead man, but matt isn’t so sure. But then, on Halloween night, while snooping around Evan’s antiques shop, the boys make another shocking
When thinking of books that got me through my preteen year Dead Man in Indian Creek is one of my fondest memories. Granted it isn't a piece of classic literature but it was a book that will always hold nostalgic value as many late nights on the edge of my bed with my little lamp giving me light were spent reading this fun little romp through teenage joy and conflict.
What I think about it that you can relate a lot a thing to it. A trouble childhood lost his Dad then his mom is seeing guy and he put her in a drug related thing and the mom is making alots of money and she barely spend time with her son always hanging out. When it got to the end the cop were after them and the mother didn't want to be apart of it no more and they end up crashing and the mother break her leg.
Jake Benson
This book is called The Dead Man In Indian Creek. Written by Mary Downing Hahn.This book is in the mystery genre. This book fits weel in this genre because there is people looking for the dead man and they use clues and such during the hunt.I belive this books intended audience is ment for someone that genrally reads books, I feel this way because I feel like could not concentrate very well during this book.Some personal experiences i have to this book is playing the game grave yard with friends ...more
Eli Parise
I gave The Dead Man in Indian Creek by Mary Downing Hahn 5 out of 5 because it is the kind of book that is a non-put down book. i got the book when i was in Boston with my grandma and i couldn't put it down. I ended up finishing it that day. That's how good it was.i liked this book because if you like crime and suspense, than you would really like this book. there was nothing that i didn't like about this book. IT WAS GREAT!!!
The Dead Man in Indian Creek is an amazing thriller that will tease the minds of inquisitive children. I liked the story for its thrilling value. Its has a clear bad guy and its a fun mystery type novel.
Jennifer Lavoie
A faster read than the other Mary Downing Hahn books I've read recently, but not as interesting to me. In this one, it was almost predictable who the bad guy was and what would happen, but the pacing was fast and interesting. By the end, I was getting nervous for the boys, despite knowing it would turn out all right. Otis was a great character, even as a dog, and I didn't think about the hints left through the book on how he followed Parker everywhere.

There are some more mature themes and ideas

"When Parker Pettengill and Matt Armentrout find a dead man at the edge of Indian Creek, their camping trip comes to a close -- and a detective hunt begins. Evans, the creepy new boyfriend of Parker's mom, Pam, was seen at -- the place of the crime -- but there's no solid evidence that he committed the murder. Parker is convinced that Pam's boyfriend is to blame, and he will not rest until he has proof. And when Parker and Armentrout hide out in Pam's antique store and spy on Pam and E
I have read other books by Mary Downing Hahn and this one is not one of my favorites. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and this wasn't one. I understand it is written for juvenile readers and I can see a bit of concern for younger kids reading this but I don't think it was that bad to be a challenged book. Parents need to read this before their kids and decide if the book is appropriate for them. I was also confused with the style of writing in this book. It seemed at first that it was written som ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Parker and Matt decide to camp out one last time before the weather turns too cold - and stumble upon a dead man.

Parker swears he saw George Evans (his widowed mother's boyfriend and his least favorite person) at the scene of the crime. This starts a wild, crazy, and somewhat scary adventure.

Oh wow, this was action from the start! I enjoyed reading THE DEAD MAN IN INDIAN CREEK, and while it was supposed to be a big serious ordeal the boys find themselves in
Rachael Hallinan
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When Matt and his friend Parker both go camping in the woods they find a body of a man under a bridge. Once they overhear Parker's mom and her boy friend they find out both of might have something to do with it. Can they prove Parker's mom's boyfriend guilty??

Never keep your mouth shut no matter what is going on. SPEAK UP! Bad things happen to the main characters because they didn't speak up even after they find the dead man by the creek.

I would suggest this book to anyone that can wait throug
Niamh 7th
This book was really good because it is about thease 2 boys
named Matt and parker and there dog otis.
who decide to go camping near a creek called, Indian creed
and find a dead man. And they think Parker's mom's boyfriend:
Mr. Evans is the killer. So one night they decide to
sneek around Mr.Evan's store. but when they break in
they find out that he is a Drug dealer. I think it could have
been better because, at most parts in the book you never really
got the scense of what Matt ( The main character
This book is a fantastic mystery and a quick read!
Amazing book! Everyone has to read this!
Jessie Apps
This author is by far my favorite mystery book writer
Contemporary realistic fiction murder mystery. This book gave me the creeps! Every adult makes poor decisions, even the parents of a stable family, which allows two boys to get involved in the discovery of a dead body, which is the result of cocaine trafficking going on in a small town. While this novel is effective at building life and death suspense, its amoral tone zaps it of any hope. Not recommended.
I loved this book!
This is about a boy who wants to camping with his friend. When they are camping they behind this house and they camp there. When they are camping they say everything out here is boring. When they go to this creek they find a body. When they find the body they dont know what to do! I like this book because it caught my attention in the begining of this book. I encourage you to read this book.
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I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland. Our block was loaded with kids my age. We spent hours outdoors playing "Kick the Can" and "Mother, May I" as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom. In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory -- the woods on the other side of the t ...more
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