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Mystery of the Missing Fox

A Cooper & Packrat Adventure

Hardcover, 208 pages, 6 x 9, Middle Grade Fiction, Ages 8 - 12

ISBN: 978-1-939017-89-5



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

About this Book:


The stakes have never been higher for Cooper Wilder. When an accident puts Cooper’s dad in the hospital, Cooper must shoulder new responsibilities at the campground. But he’s distracted. First, he finds a fox caught in an illegal trap on the campground’s land. Then kits start to go missing from the fox den. Who would want to steal the foxes? And why?

Cooper joins forces with his friends, Packrat and Roy, to solve the mystery. The three young detectives must protect the den, find the kits, and (hopefully) rule out Summer, the new girl who lives across the lake, as a suspect. Juggling new work duties, feeling guilty about his father’s accident, and desperate to help the fox kits, Cooper faces tough decisions about who—and what—should come first.

Mystery of the Missing Fox

"Tamra Wight scores another hit . . . This is a fun, fast-paced and very suspenseful mystery set at the Wilder Campground . . . [With] some fancy detective work [and] an exciting zip-line escape [the] gutsy kids save the day. And everybody learns some valuable lessons about suspicion, friendship, following rules and looking out for each other." 
––Bill Bushnell, Central Maine Newspapers 

"Wight neatly develops likable, quirky characters, and she artfully weaves in a host of kid-magnet subjects: zip lines, water fights, three-legged frogs, and uber-stinky sneakers. Readers will love the hilarious, heart-pounding scene when the mystery is resolved—as well as the charming denouement. DiRocco's fine illustrations heighten the book's appeal . . . Young detectives will be charmed by the whole kit and caboodle."
––Kirkus Reviews

Mystery of the Missing Fox is Wight’s most complex book yet, with multiple storylines, a large cast of characters and the most action-packed scene [Wight] has written to date."
––The Bangor Daily News 

“The dialogue among the youthful cast of characters is realistic and will be relatable to many readers . . . Those new to the Wilders will be able to pick up the story with no problem.”
––School Library Journal, May 2016 

". . . [a] thoughtful mystery, highly recommended for young adult fiction shelves and public library children's collections."
—Midwest Book Review

5 Questions with "Cooper & Packrat" Author Tamra Wight

5 Questions with

Mystery of the Missing Fox, the third book in Tamra Wight's Cooper & Packrat eco-adventure series, launches this month. We sat down with the writer, photographer, educator and campground owner to discuss her busy life and the inspiration behind her award-winning series. 

Read the full interview here

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



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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