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The Midnight Tunnel (Suzanna Snow #1)

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Can Suzanna Snow solve the case before it's too late?

A girl's gone missing. Can Suzanna solve the crime? It is 1905 and young Suzanna works at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, where she is trained to be a well-mannered hostess and a charming lady. Suzanna has other ideas for her future--she wants to be a detective. When a young guest goes missing on a stormy
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press
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Suzanna Snow is a delightful new heroine for middle graders. I have been a fan of Angie Frazier and her ability to weave a stunning historical setting since her young adult book Everlasting, and she's done it again with The Midnight Tunnel. Angie's masterful skill at creating both a lush setting and compelling characters is on full display in The Midnight Tunnel, and I can't wait to share this engaging mystery w
Eleven year old Suzanna Snow, who prefers to be called Zanna, lives in the tiny seaside village of Loch Harbor, New Brunswick, in 1904. Her parents are the managers of an elegant hotel, the Rosemount. Ever summer, wealthy guests come to stay at the hotel. Zanna's parents have insisted that she begin to work in the hotel so that she can learn about it, hoping she will want to manage the hotel someday. But Zanna would much rather be a famous detective like her Uncle Bruce, who lives in Boston.

As t
Apr 08, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) Suzanna Snow’s parents own a luxury hotel, the Rosemount, and are training Zanna in the family business. But Zanna wants to emulate her uncle, a celebrated detective, instead. When a little girl goes missing from the Rosemount, with Zanna the only witness to the kidnapping, her interest in sleuthing becomes more than theoretical. Trouble is, no one believes an eleven-year-old, not even her famous uncle…

The Midnight Tunnel is an engaging whodunit for middle-grade readers, starring a b
Feb 04, 2011 Lillian rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, 2011
If I picked my stars based on my guess of how the target audience would feel about the book I'd give this one 4 or 5 stars. It's great for the 8-11 year-old girl who likes mysteries and historical fiction. It doesn't have a lot of cross-over appeal for adults, but so what - it's not for adults.
Feb 28, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Adorable and full of suspense and intrigue, the first addition in the Suzanne Snow series is sure to be a hit among pre-teens as well as teens.

The Midnight Tunnel begins the story of the young Suzanne Snow. If Suzanne were given one wish, she would most definitely wish to be a detective, because not only is her uncle the infamous Bruce Snow, Boston's most prized detective, but she also has an uncanny talent for sleuthing. Unfortunately, given her surroundings and the time, she's unable to gain m
Grades 3-6

Eleven-year-old Suzanna Snow's parents manage an exclusive resort in New Brunswick, and they are trying their best to groom her to continue the family tradition. Nothing ignites her passion, though, like a challenging investigation-- she believes she takes after her Uncle Bruce, a famous Bostonian detective. The summer of 1904 is shaping up to be all too predictable, when the young child of a wealthy couple staying at the hotel disappears. Search parties fail to locate Maddie, and Unc
Mar 17, 2011 Crystal rated it liked it
I won this book from one of the great giveaways here on GoodReads.

This is a Young Adult Mystery. The first in the Suzanna Snow Series.

The time is 1905 where a young girl helps out at the hotel operated by her parents. "Zanna" is always being corrected by her mother to be polite and proper. Zanna doesn't really like working in the hotel, she would much rather be a Detective like her Uncle Bruce. She is always carrying a notebook and pencil to take notes of people, her surroundings, and anything t
Apr 08, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it
ATOS Book Level: 5.4
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 9.0
Lexile: 800L
Word Count: 59290

A fun mystery series especially for middle school girls, it's set in the early 1900's. It's protagonist is 11 year old Zanna, who's parents run a small Inn, the Rosemount, on Loch Harbor in New Brunswick Canada. Her parents have her in their own training program to learn the Inn business, working one job a summer. This summer she's assingned to the Kitchen, working with Nellie, the Inn's cook. Z
Mar 23, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Suzanna, or Zanna as she prefers, was one of the most fun, intelligent and witty young protagonists that I've had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Angie Frazier aims The Midnight Tunnel at the middle grade reader, but what I loved is that she didn't sacrifice anything to do that. This book has tons of crossover appeal, and anyone who loves a good mystery coupled with historical fiction will fall in love. Beware the rambling my friends, so it begins.

First let me tell you why I loved Suzann
Mar 15, 2011 Tara rated it it was amazing
Where was Suzanna Snow when I was a little girl gobbling up Nancy Drew mysteries? Zanna is a strong protagonist with a bright-eyed curiosity about life. Not much happens at the hotel her parents run, but she keeps close tabs on everyone regardless. When one of the guests goes missing, Zanna is able to put her detective skills to work!

This book was just a delight. The mystery was good, and while I did figure out who the culprit was, it wasn't too soon in the book for it to be disappointing. The a
Mar 22, 2011 Rose added it
If you have a middle grade girl looking for a good, atmospheric mystery, this is it! Zanna's family runs a nice hotel up in Canada at the turn of the century, but Zanna doesn't want to go into the hotel business. She wants to be a detective like her famous Uncle Bruce. Well, she gets her chance to try when a guest goes missing at the hotel. Uncle Bruce is called in, and well, let's just say he's a bit different in real life than his glorious reputation in the newspapers would have you believe. Z ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Mediocre and predictable, this book will appeal to adolescent girls who like mysteries (if they can get through the tedious first half of the book) but few others. The mystery takes too long to get started and the action far longer. I was so bored it took me two months to read even though I made myself read at least a few pages before picking up another book. Anachronisms are many and thus the actual era is difficult to ascertain. I took ample notes to give an in-depth interview but frankly, I'm ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
The Midnight Tunnel is a fun mystery. It isn’t too obvious and everything ties in together very nicely. It also isn’t too complicated, which I’m counting as a good thing here since it is geared for younger children. It reminded me of the Mandie mysteries by Lois Gladys Leppard.

Suzanna is an easy protagonist to like, with a few humorous asides and generally amusing behavior. I also really liked Will, who wasn’t set up as a rival as I expected when they were first introduced. The “rival” is gettin
Mar 23, 2016 Zia rated it liked it
Thank you Scholastic for giving me this book. In my school, there is this program where when you reach 40 books read and quizzes answered, they'll give you a free book. I have reached more than forty to be honest, and I was given the opportunity to choose a book from a small collection. Sad to say, the selection held nothing on me. They were all suited for middle schoolers, not teenagers. I was with my friend at that time, and she chose this book for me. She reasoned that it was the thickest of ...more
Jan 24, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I really wish this book had been available when I was a kid devouring Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie novels - I would have absolutely loved it. And as an adult, I still adored the 11-year-old heroine, Suzanna Snow, who is brave and smart and curious and prone to getting lost in her own thoughts (and accidentally burning the food she's supposed to be cooking in her family's hotel kitchen). The 1904 New England setting is also beautifully done.
Apr 11, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
So much fun to read this historical mystery set near where I grew up! Not many books (for kids or adults) choose New Brunswick, particularly in 1904, as a setting. Love the main character and accompanying cast, thought the mystery was well paced, but really my reaction could all be coloured by my pleasure reliving the Rosemount & Algonquin hotels, Van Horne Island, lobster fishermen et al.
Erin Sterling
Upper elementary/middle grade mystery novel set in 1905 about Suzanna, affectionately known as Zanna, whose parents own a hotel on the East Coast and who has a dream of becoming a famous detective like her uncle. When a little girl goes missing, she realizes she can put her dream to practice! Fun, light-hearted.
Mar 31, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
1904 - Suzanna, Zanna, helps out at her parents their exclusive summer resort where they are trying to teach her to be a proper young lady and a gracious hostess. Zanna, however, wants to be a detective like her favorite uncle in Boston and when a little girl disappears, Zanna starts investigating.
Mar 28, 2011 Megowen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids who enjoy mystery stories, and want not to deal with teenage issues of modern novels.
Good YA mystery. Well written. It takes place in early 20th century Canada. A book any child could sex, drugs, etc. Nancy Drew with a Canadian accent, eh?
Katie Jane
Apr 25, 2011 Katie Jane rated it really liked it
I have been a bit upset about the end of the Enola Holmes series, but this book perked me right up again. Looking forward to further mysteries with Suzanna Snow.
Jul 03, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
One Sentence Review: A delightful little mystery in very much the Nancy Drew vein (as the cover suggests) though ultimately rather forgettable in content and character.
Aug 15, 2010 Angie added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Yay! Suzanna Snow is on Goodreads! This makes it a bit more real :-) Can't wait for Zanna's story to make its way out into the world.
Kimberley Little
Mar 14, 2011 Kimberley Little rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, well-written, suspenseful and just plain FUN! A perfect choice for Middle-Grade readers.
Dec 02, 2010 Lynn rated it really liked it
The first book I reviewed for LMC - enjoyed it & mystery fans will love it!
Aug 05, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, jfic, slj-review, 2011
FRAZIER, Angie. The Midnight Tunnel. 288p. (A Suzanna Snow Mystery). Scholastic. 2011. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0545-20862-8. LC number unavailable.

Gr 4-7--It is 1904, and Suzanna Snow, 11, is being trained to be a proper lady and hostess at her family's inn in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick. However, Zanna has other aspirations. She wants to be a detective like her famous Uncle Bruce. A chance for sleuthing comes her way when a young guest goes missing on a stormy night. Uncle Bruce is summoned from B
Sep 30, 2011 Shazzer rated it really liked it
As posted on Outside of a Dog:

I've said before that mysteries were not really my thing growing up, but I'm really starting to come around. There's something about an intrepid young detective that sparks my interest now. I don't know if it's the danger, the smarts or the twists and turns these young ladies (for it always seems to be a young ladies) face that are reaching out to me or if it's something else entirely, but I've just about turn around into a mystery convert. The latest young lady to
Dan Rogers
Aug 19, 2012 Dan Rogers rated it really liked it
Suzanna "Zanna" Snow is an only child in a family which runs a posh hotel in Loch Harbor, New Brunswick shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Zanna is curious, inquisitive, and not the least interested in learning how to run the hotel which her parents hope that one day she will take over from them. She would rather become a famous detective like her father's younger brother, the infamous Bruce Snow of Boston. Little does Zanna realize that her Uncle Bruce doesn't have the same high regard ...more
May 19, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
The Midnight Tunnel was an absolutely amazing book. I would have never picked it up if I hadn't loved Everlasting, her previous book. I'm not a fan of middle grade novels, but this…this was just awesome.

Suzanna or Zanna, as she likes to be called, was just as great as the book its self. She was such a feisty girl and so likable. I loved how she wrote things down in her notebook and then referred back to them later to solve the mystery. Oh, Zanna is my kind of girl! And she had such a unique voic
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for

Suzanna's parents run the Loch Harbor Inn in New Brunswick, where many wealthy families spend the summer. Zanna's learning the ins and outs of running the place in anticipation of her future, even though she doesn't really want to. She'd rather become a famous detective like her Uncle. She even keeps a notebook filled with observations.

When the daughter of an important guest goes missing one night during a storm, Zanna thinks she saw the girl in th
Katharine Ott
"The Midnight Tunnel - by Angie Frazier, published in 2011. Taking place just after the turn of the century in 1904 New Brunswick, the action in this nice middle-grade novel all takes place at the summer hotel operated by the parents of eleven-year-old Zanna. She fancies herself a detective with hopes of someday assisting her real-life detective uncle in Boston, and each chapter begins with a few amusing sentences from the journal she carries everywhere. Of course a real mystery steps right up a ...more
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Angie Frazier is a writer and mom, a good cook, and a horrible housekeeper. Angie’s debut novel, Everlasting, published by Scholastic Press, is a mixture of everything she loves in a good book: history, mystery, adventure, romance, and fantasy. Her middle grade novel, The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery is a Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next Pick, and Kirkus has called it "a likely and likable ...more
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