Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season

Mary Downing Hahn / Jan 29, 2020

Closed for the Season A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place Two year old boys Arthur and Logan set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old hou

  • Title: Closed for the Season
  • Author: Mary Downing Hahn
  • ISBN: 9780547084510
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place.Two 13 year old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan s family has just moved into The boys quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusemA contemporary thriller by the bestselling author of The Old Willis Place.Two 13 year old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan s family has just moved into The boys quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season.

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        I grew up in a small shingled house down at the end of Guilford Road in College Park, Maryland Our block was loaded with kids my age We spent hours outdoors playing Kick the Can and Mother, May I as well as cowboy and outlaw games that usually ended in quarrels about who shot whom In the summer, we went on day long expeditions into forbidden territory the woods on the other side of the train tracks, the creek that wound its way through College Park, and the experimental farm run by the University of Maryland.In elementary school, I was known as the class artist I loved to read and draw but I hated writing reports Requirements such as outlines, perfect penmanship, and following directions killed my interest in putting words on paper All those facts who cared what the principal products of Chile were To me, writing reports was almost as boring as math Despite my dislike of writing, I loved to make up stories Instead of telling them in words, I told them in pictures My stories were usually about orphans who ran away and had the sort of exciting adventures I would have enjoyed if my mother hadn t always interfered.When I was in junior high school, I developed an interest in complex stories I wanted to show how people felt, what they thought, what they said For this, I needed words Although I wasn t sure I was smart enough, I decided to write and illustrate children s books when I grew up Consequently, at the age of thirteen, I began my first book Small Town Life was about a girl named Susan, as tall and skinny and freckle faced as I was Unlike her shy, self conscious creator, however, Susan was a leader who lived the life I wanted to live my ideal self, in other words Although I never finished Small Town Life, it marked the start of a lifelong interest in writing.In high school, I kept a diary In college, I wrote poetry and short stories and dreamed of being published in The New Yorker Unfortunately, I didn t have the courage or the confidence to send anything there By the time my first novel was published, I was 41 years old That s how long it took me to get serious about writing The Sara Summer took me a year to write, another year to find a publisher, and yet another year of revisions before Clarion accepted it.Since Sara appeared in 1979, I ve written an average of one book a year If I have a plot firmly in mind when I begin, the writing goes fairly quickly More typically, I start with a character or a situation and only a vague idea of what s going to happen Therefore, I spend a lot of time revising and thinking things out If I d paid attention to the craft of outlining back in elementary school, I might be a faster writer, but, on the other hand, if I knew everything that was going to happen in a story, I might be too bored to write it down Writing is a journey of discovery That s what makes it so exciting.


    1. Im back at it again with a reread of a book i gave five stars but dont remember, hi.what the hell possessed me to give this 5 stars???what the fuck was i high on???? no, srsly bc reading this book was the most boring-est and shittiest experience ever. i didn't think it was possible for me to give a book by Mary Downing Hahn less than three stars, but here i am rating this boring piece of garbage one star. the writing and story was extremely childish and unrealistic for me. I KNOW, this is middle [...]

    2. Twelve-year-old Logan Forbes moves from Richmond, Virginia, to the small-town suburb of Bealesville the summer before seventh grade. A bookish boy, he’s looking forward to a fresh start and hopes of, for once, connecting with the in-crowd. No such luck! His next-door neighbor is Arthur Jenkins, a socially inept, slovenly misfit who’s the most unpopular kid in town. In addition, thanks to a slick real-estate agent, the Forbes have moved into the notorious “murder house,” where Myrtle Dona [...]

    3. Are you looking for a bone-chilling story? Well, this is not for you. The cover may look scary, but it really is not. The only really scary part about this book is the cover itself, and how come the author put such a goth picture on a book that didn't even give me goosebumps? Well thinking back, I do remember where I got it, it was the school's book fair. No wonder, because that is public school for you, always trying to order preschool-friendly chapter books for 5th graders.

    4. Closed for the season is a very interresting book is a very fast read and you just get hook on it its a mistory book about a kid named Logan and his family who just move to this old house and he meet another kid named Arthur and he tell him that the oldlady that owned that house before him was muter in that house and then at first he thought that Arthur was this lame kid and he used to by a nerd boy in his old school so LOgan wanted to started a new life and get friend but the they started to lo [...]

    5. A boy named Logan moved into his new house. His neighbor Arthur, that he just met is kind of the annoying kid no one hangs out with, but Logan doesn't have the heart to tell him. Logan finds out because of Arthur that a murder had occurred there, or that's what Author thinks anyway. Everyone else in the small town thinks the old lady killed herself. Well Arthur and Logan start investigating to see if she committed suicide or if she was murderede boys put themselves in a bunch of danger by just t [...]

    6. Most of the time I don't read reviews or even synopses, and this is a case when I really should have, because I was expecting another Downing Hahn ghost story. Instead, this is more of a mystery/whodunit. It's well-written and interesting, just not what I was looking for as Halloween draws near.

    7. Closed for the SeasonMary Downing HahnPublication date: 2009Genre: Mystery "Closed for the Season" is an amazing book. It takes place in a small town called Bealesville. It's about a boy named Logan Forbes and his family. They move to a house where a women, named Myrtle Donaldson, was murdered. She worked at a place called the Magic Forest, an amuzement park that is run down and very creepy. It is now closed and going to be torn down. People believed that Mrs. Donaldson embezzled money from the [...]

    8. Here is the blurb from the back of the book.Closed for the Seasonby Mary Downing HahnSandpiper Publishing978-0-547-39853-2YA Mystery/Suspense$5.99Rating 4 Blood DropsThe weather-beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest says:CLOSED FOR THE SEASONBut when the boys ride up to it on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, that the old amusement park hasn't been open for years. The overgrown park looks sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges h [...]

    9. I would rate the book Closed For The Season by Mary Downing Hahn a 4 out of 5 stars. This book is about a kid named Logan and Arthur trying to solve the mystery to a murder. Logan is the new kid who just moved in next to Arthur, Logan’s parents did not know that a woman was murdered there a couple years ago. Logan and Arthur find a lot of trouble trying to find who killed Mrs. Donaldson. They narrow it down all the way to an abandoned amusement park that makes the book have a scary edge. (Besi [...]

    10. This book is about a boy named Logan who moves into a house in a little town called Bealesville. When his parents bought the house they didn’t know that the owner of the house had been murdered there, but soon after they move in their next-door neighbor a boy name Arthur told Logan that someone had broken in and ripped the whole house apart looking for something. Arthurs Grandmother was the one who found Mrs. Donaldson (the houses owner) dead at the bottom of the cellar steps. “Mrs Donaldso [...]

    11. I decided to read this book mainly because the title and the cover of the book intrigued me. The story is about Logan and his family and how they move into a house which people claim to be where an old woman was murdered. Logan and his neighbor, Arthur, try to uncover the mysteries of her death, revealing more mysteries to solve, and more danger. My favorite quote from the entire book was, "Grandma and I knew there was something wrong. It was one of those weird feelings-you know what I mean?" by [...]

    12. In the novel, Closed for the Season, Logan Forbes, a 13 year old boy realizes that his new house in Richmond, Virginia was where someone was murdered. His next door neighbor, Arthur Jenkins helps him on this mystery novel to find out who the murderer was. But it isn't easy. They have to make numerous trips to the Magic Forest,an amusement park that hasnt been open for decades,risking their life and tracking down clues. Then one night, they have to take a secret trip to the Magic Forest, meeting [...]

    13. Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn is a wonderful mystery. Logan is a kid who moves with his parents into a house in Virginia only to find out that the woman who lived there before his family was murdered. Logan meets his neighbor next door, a kid the same age, named Arthur. Arthur tries to convince Logan that the clues to the murder have to be hidden inside the house and if they find the clues maybe they can solve the murder mystery. While searching for evidence they come to an abandone [...]

    14. Closed for the Seasonby Mary Downing HahnWhat would you do if you moved into a new house and you found out that an old lady was found murdered inside? That's what happens to Logan when he and his parents move to a new house in a small town. The good part about this mystery is that Logan's new friend, Arthur (who he really doesn't want to be friends with), is a very strong character. He's funny (without knowing it), gutsy (he stands up to bullies), has no manners (as evidenced by his tendency to [...]

    15. Closed for the season Closed for the season is a book about a family who just moved into a house where the previous owner died. Logan, the 13 year old boy who moved into the house, is not interested in what most boys his age would be interested in. Arthur, the next door neighbor who has a reputation for being weird, becomes Logan’s new best friend. He talks Logan into going in to the forest where an old amusement park lays. The forest was supposed to have the lady, who died in Logan’s house, [...]

    16. The reason I chose this book was because I had nothing else to read. I thought that the book would be really interesting because if you look at the cover it seems interesting.Logan is a kid that just moved into town and was told a mysterious story about the house he lives in. Rumors were said that someone's grandmother was murdered in the house. Logan starts befriending Arthur, but Logan's mom despises that kid. I was really impressed on how an author can make a kid really unlikable. In the book [...]

    17. "Closed for the Season" by Mary Downing Hahn is the 2011-2012 Golden Sower Winner in the Intermediate level. The ideal audience for this book is both boys and girls in the fourth and fifth grades. The appeal of the book is that it is a mystery which is solved by soon to be fifth grade and sixth grade students. Some students are reluctant to read Mary Downing Hahn books because she mainly writes about ghosts and hauntings. This book is about a murder mystery and does not contain ghosts or hauntin [...]

    18. I chose to read this book because it looked like a good mystery story, and it looked scary. The genre would be mystery. The stetting would be the amusement park. Logan Forbes 12 years old. The beginning of the book Logan moves in to a new town and he is living in a house that this old lady got murdered in. then in the middle of the book they are at the store with Mrs. Donaldson’s daughter and she has a friend that goes to the store and makes a scene. The main problem is that they don’t know [...]

    19. IntermediateYouth Chapter Book- MysteryBloom's Questions:1.Where did the boy's find the map for the Magic Forest?2. How would you describe Logan's relationship with Arthur?3. Using what you know, how would you convince Logan's mother to allow him to continue being friends and hanging out with Arthur?4. What was the most exciting part of the book to you?5. What is your opinion of Danny? Why does he act the way he does?6. What do you predict will happen to the Magic Forest after Mr. Desilvio and S [...]

    20. This story is a great pick for those readers who are a little reluctant to pick up a book! This has a mystery waiting to be solved by every turn of the page. You stay interested and ready to find out what happens. This book would be great for fourth to sixth graders and either boys or girls. I found this book appealing because it was an easy read, kept you interested in the story, and had a great story line. This story was a Nebraska Golden Sower nominee for 2011-2012.

    21. Mrs. Hahn is such a great local kids author. This book was based on the old Enchanted Forest theme park that I visited frequently as a kid--and once when it was run down and had long been closed. With many specific references to that exact park and even three original photos blended in on the book's cover, I was hooked for a spooky twist on my nostalgia.

    22. Two boys are trying to find out a serious mystery about who stole the "murdered lady's" money. I liked this book because it was full of secrets and just a great book in general. I recommend this to kids who like mysteries because it is all about one GIANT mystery.

    23. Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn is a really good book that revolves around a mystery murder. The main character Logan moves into a new house in a small town named Bealesville. When they get moved in he meets the next door neighbor named Arthur. Logan and Arthur become good friends and Arthur tells his a story that the old next door neighbor Mrs. Donaldson was murdered in the house. After the story they both want to find out how she was murdered so they explore the town to talk to peop [...]

    24. The book Closed For The Season by Mary Downing Hahn is a novel about two boys named Logan and Arthur, and they try to solve the mystery hidden in the abandoned amusement park. This book has a few edges of it being a fictional book, but also being a mystery novel, and having not the major but changes the story plot twists. My overall reaction to this book is that I enjoyed reading it, that was my type of book, and I would read it over and over again to get that same feeling that I had when I read [...]

    25. If you've come to the local library to check out a thrilling and suspenseful horror/thriller story novelThen you checked out the wrong book. Sorry!Of course, it's not a bad book. But I was rather disappointed when it turned out to not even be the tiniest bit scary when the cover screamed: CREEPY BOOK OVER HERE! However, I did like the Closed For The Season Book and gobbled up all in one day back in 2014.The writing was alright. Nothing special, but not bad either. Mary Downing Hahn certainly has [...]

    26. Closed for the Season is a magnificent book for all teens. The weather -beaten sign on the gate of the Magic Forest say "Closed for the Season." But when the boys ride up to the gate on their bikes, Arthur tells his new friend, Logan, who just moved to the town, that the old amusement park hasn't been open for years. Kudzu vines have grown over everything, making the park look like sinister even in broad daylight, so Logan is reluctant to go inside, but Arthur urges him on. He's sure they'll dis [...]

    27. Hahn, Mary Downing. Closed for the Season. Clarion. New York. 2009.This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: mrtierneyslibraryClosed for the Season is a mystery adventure from master author Mary Downing Hahn. In Closed for the Season we meet Logan, a preteen boy who has just moved to a new town. Before he can even exit the car, the neighbor kid (Arthur) is waiting for him and desperate to become friends. Arthur doesn't have many other friends. He is extremely smart. Before Logan can even w [...]

    28. This book is a murder mystery that is fairly kid friendly and is suited for those in middle school. The story centers around Logan, who has just moved into a new house. His neighbor is a nerdy kid named Arthur, who he becomes friends with despite how rude he can be. Arthur tells Logan about how the murder of Mrs. Myrtle Donaldson took place in the very house. She used to work at the Magic Forest, an amusement park that centered around many fairy tale characters, until money was going missing and [...]

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