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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: mystery, theft, bullying, secrets, facing your fears
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 29/01/2019
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Conor loves to climb. So when the crusty old manager of a thrill ride based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" challenges Conor to scale the ride in the dark of night and hide a package at the top, he foolishly accepts. But it isn't long before he realizes that he is now involved in something far more dangerous. What is in the package, and what does it have to do with Edgar Allan Poe? And why is the town bully so terrified of the old man? The more Conor learns, the deeper in trouble he gets.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials - February 26, 2019
"Appeal to a variety of readers, including readers of human interest, mystery, adventure and realistic fiction…In addition to being an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud for the intended audience, would be an excellent addition for personal, class, school and public libraries. Highly Recommended."
The Haunted Reading Room blog - January 17, 2019
"A short entertaining novel aimed at middle grade reluctant readers. It has a lot to recommend it…I quite enjoyed it."

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