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Mystery on Pine Lake (paperback)

A Cooper and Packrat Adventure

Paperback, 154 Pages, Middle Grade, Ages 8-12

ISBN: 978-1-939017-02-4

Availability: In stock


Available as an e-book in these formats:
Amazon Kindle
Barnes & Noble Nook
Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

About this Book:

2016-2017 Massachusetts Children's Book Award Finalist
2014 Maine State Book Award Finalist

Cooper thought living at a campground would be cool. But ever since his parents bought the lakeside campground, he's had way more chores and way less time for his favorite hobby: nature-watching. And as if babysitting his little sister and cleaning bathrooms weren't bad enough, his ex-friend Roy has chosen him as this summer's bullying target. Cooper's only bright spot is his new friend, Packrat, a guy who carries the world in his coat pockets and leaves his troubles behind.

But trouble has come to the Wilder Family Campground and Pine Lake, where a family of loons is trying to build a nest. Someone is out to harm the loons. Is it the bully with a chip on his shoulder? The irritable camper with a shady past? Or the publicity-seeking reporter? It's up to the boys to figure out who, why, and how to stop the culprit—before it's too late.


"Packed with intrigue and sweet humor, this mystery with a conservation twist will grab young readers . . . Wight has penned a winning cast of characters, dialogue that sparkles and a plot that flies. DiRocco's detailed and humorous black-and-white illustrations elevate the book's charm even higher. A story that should turn even the most finicky readers into happy campers."
Kirkus Reviews

"With an engaging voice, reluctant camper Cooper Wilder tells a story of environmental intrigue for outdoorsy middle-grade readers. As a summer camp owner herself, author Tamra Wight has young readers tasting the oozing s'mores, smelling the stench of maggot-riddled trash, and feeling the squishy mud between their toes with her descriptive language. Quirky characters and realistic dialogue will make this suspenseful eco-mystery a favorite summer read of any wildlife-lover."
ForeWord Reviews

" Mystery and adventure make this a suspenseful, can't-put-it down book, but it's Cooper and Packrat's blind determination to save the loons against all odds that will steal your heart. I closed the book longing to hear that beautiful call only a loon can make."
– Jo Knowles, author of the award-winning See You at Harry's  

“Cooper & Packrat: Mystery on Pine Lake” is a clever, light-hearted whodunnit for middle-grade readers by Poland author Tamra Wight. Wight and illustrator Carl DiRocco have produced a smart story of friendship, family responsibility and wildlife stewardship — all wrapped up in an entertaining tale of intrigue and suspense.

– Bill Bushnell, Kennebec Journal

Oct. 18: Meet Tamra Wight at Mystery of the Bear Cub launch party in Poland

Oct. 18: Meet Tamra Wight at Mystery of the Bear Cub launch party in Poland

Join Tamra Wight to celebrate the launch of Mystery of the Bear Cub, the fourth book in her award-winning Cooper and Packrat Adventures series. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.,  at the Poland Town Hall, 1223 Main Street, Poland, and will include a talk, book sales, and signing. Young detectives will also be able to draw their own bears on a book cover, take photos of themselves in tents and canoes, and join in crafts, a raffle, and more family-friendly activities. The Marshmallow Cart will be there making s'mores, too. The event is free and open to the public

Tamra Wight

About this Author

Tamra Wight lives in Poland, Maine, where she runs the Poland Spring Campground with her husband and two children. Running the campground for more than twenty years has provided Tamra with



About this Illustrator

Carl DiRocco is a graduate of the New England School of Art & Design, and has illustrated Dear Big, Mean, Ugly Monster (a Minnesota Humanities Book Award Finalist) and Our Principal Promised to Kiss a



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