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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

July 14: Meet Tamra Wight and Melissa Kim at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray

July 14: Meet Tamra Wight and Melissa Kim at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray

Maine children’s book authors Tamra Wight (“Cooper and Packrat” middle-grade mysteries), Melissa Kim (“Wildlife on the Move” board book series) and Lyn Smith ('A Porcupine’s Promenade’ picture book) will be at the Maine Wildlife Park, 56 Game Farm Rd, Gray to give presentations about wildlife and read from their books on July 14, 11:00am to 2:00pm. Make your own wildlife book or journal, go on a wildlife scavenger hunt, and take part in a variety of family-friendly activities and workshops centering on wildlife writing, drawing, and photography.  There is an admission fee to the park. FMI:

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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