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Closed for the Season | [Mary Downing Hahn]

Closed for the Season

The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn’t been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He’s sure they’ll discover important clues to the mystery they’re trying to solve: Who killed Myrtle Donaldson? And what happened to the money she handled as head bookkeeper at the Magic Forest?
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The weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says closed for the season. But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn’t been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He’s sure they’ll discover important clues to the mystery they’re trying to solve: Who killed Myrtle Donaldson? And what happened to the money she handled as head bookkeeper at the Magic Forest?

Arthur and Logan’s quest takes them to the lowest - and highest - levels of society in their small Virginia town. The boys must pay another visit to the Magic Forest, this time in the middle of the night. And this time they find the killer waiting for them among the shadowy kudzu vines.

©2011 Mary Downing Hahn (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 06-04-14
    Beau Marietta, GA, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2011

    I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.

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    "A Scooby-Doo Novel"

    I got the book for my son to listen to on the road with me. The first quarter was a good setup, but after that, it fell into such predictable beats that it was hard to stay interested. Characters are two-dimensional, reveals are revealed a mile away, and the writing was pretty heavy-handed.

    There wasn't a great deal of "What happens next?" moments in the book, because they were broadcast long beforehand.

    Which all leads me to the my review title. It's a lot like a Scooby Doo episode. So, for a 9 or 10 year old? I suppose this is all great. I would have liked more creepy stuff, less annoying Hardy Boys stuff.

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    Darline IOWA PARK, TX, United States 10-06-12
    Darline IOWA PARK, TX, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Story for a 5th or 6th Grader"
    If you could sum up Closed for the Season in three words, what would they be?

    It's about friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that the boys remained true to on another. It also had a nice little mystery to go along with it.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, can't compare


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh in a few places.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice little mystery, with a good story line about friendship. Any boy or girl would enjoy reading this book.

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    D. Burleson, TX, United States 11-11-11
    D. Burleson, TX, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A Little Stand By Me"

    This story reminds me of Stand by Me. A little. This is an entertaining story of a murder mystery. But it's more than that. It's about two boys, an unlikey pair, who find they need each other and end up becoming unseperatable friends.

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    This story reminds me of Stand by Me. A little. This is an entertaining story of a murder mystery. But it's more than that. It's about two boys, an unlikey pair, who find they need each other and end up becoming unseperatable friends.

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