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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,833 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Downing Hahn Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781611061444
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful, fast-paced tale for adventure and mystery fans…This story has a great combination of plot, setting, and characters. Readers will enjoy trying to solve the murder mystery while identifying with the social misfortunes of being unpopular, entering middle school, and moving into a new town.”

    VOYA

  • “Another well-done, action-packed mystery from Hahn…Just the right amount of frightening and dangerous elements to entice readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “As always, [Hahn] is brilliant at establishing tone—eerie, creepy, and surreal. The ‘cold case’ mystery, the over-the-top fun of the Magic Forest scenes, and the even darker mysteries of friendship and school life will make this a sure hit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 2/18/2014

    " This was a fun read. Lots of adventure. Two boys becoming friends. With a murder mystery thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Benson | 1/18/2014

    " Nicely written kids book. Sort of a modern day Hardy Boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda McGuffey | 1/14/2014

    " Interesting and fast paced book. I read this as a read aloud to my 6th graders and they couldn't wait to see what happens next and were captivated by the plot. A boy finds out the woman who used to live in his house was murdered and he and the boy next door decide to try and solve the case. Many interesting characters are introduced along the way and the story takes many twists and turns. I highly recommend. 670L "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megdalynn:] | 1/14/2014

    " reaaaally good so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Wyatt | 1/9/2014

    " Not the scariest thing I have ever read, but a solid YA mystery that I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronnie | 1/5/2014

    " for a kids book, this was very good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 1/1/2014

    " She wrote one of my other favorite books (out of many) Promises to the Dead. They are both great books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 12/29/2013

    " I thought that this book got off to a slow start, and then went really fast. I was a thrilling mystery and I loved it! Sometimes its hard to keep reading a boring book, but this book was worth it. This is a great mystery book to read and I recommened it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Macy Ryan | 12/24/2013

    " It was really good. My reading teacher read it to us in class and I was really curious and attached to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 12/11/2013

    " Good atmospheric mystery with realistic characters that don't suddenly become daring, all-knowing super kids. The writing is a step above the usual juvenile fare, and the author isn't afraid to blend some emotional moments in with the main plot's creepy old amusement park mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 12/11/2013

    " Good juvey-lit for older kids. Not all the characters acted in believable ways, but the 2nd half of the mystery moves along quite nicely, and I found myself wishing to pick it up at stop lights. I would recommend for 5th - 8th grades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/16/2013

    " I really liked this fast-paced, suspenseful mystery that was hard to put down. Logan and Arthur are both instantly likeable and the plot moved along nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chester Chow | 11/4/2013

    " This book is a must-read book for people who loves mystery with a touch of horror.Two boys wander in the Magic Forest(an abandoned amusement park) which leads to a mystery leaving characters pondering with questions "Who killed Myrtle Donaldson?" "Who stole the money?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 8/29/2013

    " I wish the book would have lasted longer than what it had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Vigilante | 7/30/2013

    " Love the way this author writes for children. This book among her others use a current feel mixed with mystery and suspense. Love it when my 5 th graders suggest her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 2/12/2013

    " A fast-moving and suspenseful mystery. I was very nervous for Arthur and Logan at times! I would definitely recommend this one for 5th and 6th graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kennedy Hanson | 1/21/2013

    " It was an amazing book about this boy who moves into a house that an elderly woman was murdered in! He quickly makes a friend, and they scope out the mystery! I loved Closed for the Season! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 1/19/2013

    " I thought that this book was great. It felt like I read it in 2 days! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam Williams | 10/19/2012

    " I read this for my 6th grade book club and it was an enjoyable read. The mystery was predictable but the writing was good and the characters were interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni :) | 8/26/2012

    " This book was fantastic ! I personally adored the mystery in it . x) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Mock | 5/1/2012

    " Quick read. The story line is very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/10/2012

    " Very slow paced at first. I didn't like the mother's character or how she wanted her child to be like the rich kids (just because they were rich), then she is a hypocrite by the end of the book. That bothered me most of all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 10/22/2011

    " This book was so good! Normally, I don't really like mystery books. Its a short book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly :) | 8/26/2011

    " Makes me think of Enchanted Forest :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aidan Hardekopf | 6/9/2011

    " Overall, this is one interesting, if not quite obvious, book. I personally think that the descriptions could have been made better, but that's me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/21/2011

    " Fast paced and and exciting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 5/19/2011

    " Good book for upper elementary/middle school. Main characters are boys,so this should appeal to boys as well as girls. Good story, I could see this happening in real life...(well, sort of!)
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/16/2011

    " pretty good ! It's an easy read ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lolipop | 5/13/2011

    " it is a good mytert book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 5/8/2011

    " She wrote one of my other favorite books (out of many) Promises to the Dead. They are both great books!



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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinitie | 5/6/2011

    " it was a amazing book readers should read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dondero | 5/3/2011

    " This book had a lot of excitement and action but it's not too scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 4/16/2011

    " Holy crap! A thriller that will knock your socks off!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ani | 4/11/2011

    " it was not really scary.it wasn't my favorite DCF book.i "

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About the Author
Author Mary Downing Hahn

Mary Downing Hahn, a former children’s librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, she lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.

About the Narrator

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.