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Mystery on Pine Lake (paperback)

A Cooper and Packrat Adventure (#1)

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

ISBN: 978-1-939017-02-4

Availability:

$12.95

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

About this Book:

A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION 
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.

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"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

June 15: Maine Outdoors and Nature Authors Day at the Maine Wildlife Park

June 15: Maine Outdoors and Nature Authors Day at the Maine Wildlife Park

Children's book authors Tamra Wight (“Cooper & Packrat”), Melissa Kim (“Wildlife on the Move”) & Hope Rowan (“Ten Days in the North Maine Woods” and “Ten Days in Acadia”) will give presentations about wildlife, talk about their books, and lead a variety of family-friendly activities centering on wildlife writing, photography, mapmaking, and the outdoors at the Maine Wildlife Park at 56 Game Farm Road in Gray, ME from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.  Make take-home turtles, go on a park-wide nature-based scavenger hunt, create your own wildlife map, follow a story walk, play animal bingo, and more. FMI, 207-657- 4977.

Tamra Wight

About this Author

Tamra Wight lives in Turner, Maine. For twenty-five years, she and her husband and their two children ran the nearby Poland Spring Campground, which provided her with plenty of inspiration

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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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