Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Man in the Woods” as Want to Read:
The Man in the Woods
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Man in the Woods

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  91 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Who is the man in the woods—and can Helen catch him before it’s too late?


Helen’s first day at New Bedford Regional High School is off to a hectic start. Her locker combination doesn’t work, she’s late to all her classes, and she doesn’t know a single person. But she doesn’t need friends to figure out the unofficial rules: Cheerleaders simply don’t associate with frizzy-hai
...more
ebook, 232 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Open Road Media Teen Tween (first published 1984)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Man in the Woods, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Man in the Woods

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
B.T. Love
It was a little too slow for me, and was hard for me to get into.
Holly
I'm not completely sure why I read this, but I do like reading YA mystery/suspense books, so I decided to give it a shot. Yes, this is a YA book from the 80s written by the creator of the Max and Ruby series! The only reason I read it is because it happened to be available on Kindle. Sure they're converting a lot of books to electronic forms now, but sometimes the choices of what they convert are mystifying. While The Man in the Woods was sort of cute, there's no way it can stand up to today's Y ...more
Eden
Helen witnesses a crime and follows a man into the wood who she thinks committed the crime. She couldn't see the man clearly, but he was whistling. So, when the police arrest someone for the crime, Helen knows it is the wrong person and becomes determined to find the person who really did it.

I've read one other book by Rosemary Wells and liked it, but I thought this one was bit better than the other book I read. The plot was really interesting and kept me guessing. I also liked Helen and Pinky.

B
...more
Cambria
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rosemary Wells book "The man in the woods," had great potential to become an amazing book but some parts of it seemed unnecessary. For example when "the Man in the Woods," finds Helen's locket and pokes her mother's eyes out in the picture, I found that that was a little excessive. And too much information. Helen and Pinky's relationship was cute, but unrealistic. Also the ending was sort of just left….. almost as if Wells got tired of writing and just decided to end it?

All in all, Wells' plot w
...more
Aiyana
A good gripping tale of misfits and mystery. The writing style was oddly old-fashioned; at the mention of nuclear power, I revised my estimation from "written in the '50s or earlier" (I kept waiting for a character to say "gee wilkers!" but the closest I got was "jeez louise"). The tone is almost gothic, but without being over-dramatic.
Corinne
Well-written mystery book about a girl who witnesses a crime and struggles through threats and fear to find the truth. I wonder if high school newspapers are really like Rosemary portrays them? Enjoyed the story. Quite a switch from her simple, endearing children's stories.
Rachel
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how many times I have read this book, but I have loved it every time. I just realized it is written by Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame! The story contains mystery, history and drama-I'd recommend it to anyone.
Rani Self
It was fine, though maybe a little simple for today's YA audience. When I downloaded it, I didn't realize it was written in 1984 so maybe that explains it. I also kept seeing Max and Ruby, who I adore, as the characters. Oops!
Liz Gibbs
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
This book was awesome! I was hooked from the very first page. Thirty years ago, when the book was published, there were so many things that were done differently, so it was very nostalgic for me. Other than that, it was just a great mystery.
Kate
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, fiction
This thriller by Wells, who is a REALLY fine y/a author, begins with creepiness and then gets into a very interesting Civil War-era mystery. No sex or violence, but the sophistication of the book makes it a little more y/a than juvenile-level. I quite liked it.
Sally Grey
I like this book because it was well written and because the plot took unexpected turns.
Kathy
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved her Max and Ruby books. Little did I know she wrote mystery novels as well! Well done.
Jennifer Hilligus
rated it liked it
Aug 19, 2012
karen
rated it liked it
Jul 27, 2008
Manisha Minoli
rated it liked it
Nov 17, 2014
Sarah
rated it liked it
Feb 19, 2013
Anna
rated it liked it
Nov 20, 2016
Colleen Clarke
rated it it was ok
May 14, 2011
Angelica
rated it liked it
Jan 26, 2013
chris viets
rated it it was amazing
Mar 21, 2015
Maggie61
rated it it was ok
Oct 10, 2010
Kiki
rated it did not like it
Dec 31, 2010
Jen
rated it liked it
Apr 10, 2014
Patricia Lambrou
rated it really liked it
Nov 08, 2015
Shaquandra
rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2011
Phoebe
rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2008
Brian
rated it liked it
Feb 18, 2015
clod
rated it really liked it
Nov 03, 2011
Elva Jackson
rated it it was amazing
Apr 26, 2014
Chrissy
rated it liked it
Jun 20, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
3105
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they
...more
More about Rosemary Wells...