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Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn
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Aug 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: kids_fiction
Read in August, 2009

Hahn retains her magic for writing mysteries for young readers. Logan's not happy about his family's move from Richmond to a small town where his father will teach. He's even less happy when Arthur, the kid next door, decides he is Logan's new best friend! Arthur, who lives with his grandmother, quickly makes himself at home at Logan's, walking in without knocking, arriving most day in time for breakfast, and quickly learning where snacks and cookies are stashed in the cupboards. He informs Logan that his home's last owner, Mrs. Donaldson, was murdered in the basement and decides he and Logan should solved this unsolved mystery. As Arthur takes Logan around town and to the now-closed amusement park where Mrs. Donaldson was accused of embezzling thousands of dollars, Logan realizes Arthur is not highly regarded by his peers but slowly comes to regard him as a friend. The pair investigate Logan's musty attic where they find a clue hand-written by Mrs. Donaldson, search local history files at the local library, and even trespass at the overgrown Magic Forest amusement park. There's high drama as the boys try to stay one step ahead of those involved in both crimes. The scenes in the park are downright creepy. 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.

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