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Dead Man In Indian Creek [Paperback]

Mary Downing Hahn
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May 1 1991

When Parker Pettengill and Matt Armentrout find a dead man at the edge of Indian Creek, their camping trip comes to a close -- and a detective hunt begins. Evans, the creepy new boyfriend of Parker's mom, Pam, was seen at -- the place of the crime -- but there's no solid evidence that he committed the murder. Parker is convinced that Pam's boyfriend is to blame, and he will not rest until he has proof. And when Parker and Armentrout hide out in Pam's antique store and spy on Pam and Evans, they find out more than they bargained for....


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From Publishers Weekly

Matt discovers a corpse and is convinced that his mother's boyfriend is somehow involved; in PW 's words, "A combination of crackling language and plenty of suspense, this fast-paced yarn is likely to appeal to even the most reluctant readers." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-7 --Parker and Matt decide to camp out one last time before the weather turns too cold--and stumble upon a dead man. Parker swears he saw George Evans (his widowed mother's boyfriend and his least favorite person) at the scene of the crime. So begins a bumpy, peril-laden adventure. The boys spy out a cocaine ring in which Parker's mother and George are involved; a thug kidnaps everyone. Rescue comes when Parker's dog corners the thug and Matt's little sister pushes a doll carriage with a cocaine-packed doll through a Halloween parade into the police station. There's more than enough action, and Hahn's effortless mastery of kids' dialogue makes this an easy read. But there are illogical gaps: Why is Parker's mother, previously loving, so remote? How likely is it that 12-year-olds go camping alone? Why is it that Matt's flagging self-image shows little repair after such heroics? At the conclusion, when all of the drug traffickers are apprehended and Parker's mother is hospitalized and awaiting charges, Matt assures Parker: "Whatever happens, my mom says you're staying with us." Readers will find this less than reassuring. With the abundance of good juvenile who-done-its available, this one is dead in the water. --Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Library, MA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I PARKER PETTENGILL hadn't wanted to go camping, we never would have found the dead man in Indian Creek, and, believe me, we would have been a whole lot better off. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is definitly a five star book!!! Oct. 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The story Dead Man On Indian Creek was a great book for people ages 10-14. I thought this was both funny and scary. And it actually shows what a son would actually do for his single, hard-working mother. This story was about two boys who love to go hiking and are best ffriend's. But Peter's mom goes out with a guy who looks and acts very supicious and when they find a guy dead on indian creek they think they know who did it.And when they go and tell Peter's mother she thinks there crazy. The setting was beautiful and perfect. It's great for a children's book. When you are reading to the description of the place you can paint a picture in your head of what they are doing. It also makes the story seem mmore realistic. I thinkthis is one of the best settings in a book I have ever read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man in Indian Creek May 16 2001
Format:Paperback
This murder mystery book of only 130 pages, would seem to be a sound choice for 3rd to 5th graders,but it does have an adult nature to it. The two boys in the story are 12 years old, one is being raised in a single parent family (mother). She is involved with a man, the boys believe to be involved in the murder. She leaves him alone, repeatedly. There also is reference to teenage drug and alcohol parties at the quarry where the boys have a fort built. The murder is connected to cocaine drug dealing of which the mother is involved in. While these are themes we see every day on TV and in movies, probably best read with a parent or as a pre-adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!!! March 7 2006
Format:Paperback
This story is scary.Through the whole story I wondered who
murdered the man.In this story there were no dull parts at
all.One of the best books I've ever read!And it's hard to please
me.When I was done I wanted to read it again.I'm 11 so I'm really interested in these stories.I would tell kids and adults
about this story.When I told my class about the story the
whole class was like when you're done can I read it.So I had to
do a drawing to pick out a name to read it next.There is only
one word to decribe it WOW!!!!!!READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dead Man In Indian Creek May 23 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
The Book ,The Dead Man In Indian Creek . The Author of my book is Mary Downing Hahn .The date this book was published in 1990. I like this book because you want to see what happens next example while there camp,and you stop rate there, it make you wonder what is going to happen next. My short summary was wile camping near Indian Creek. Matt and his best friend going to see a blue heron . Instead,they found a dead man floating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, except... July 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Excellent novel, except for the fact that these bad guys seem to commit child abuse, and they seem to be raping a woman (Parker's mom). Remember, they tie up Parker's mom as well as Matt and Parker. They're psychos, man. If this is put into a movie, this ought to be rated PG-13 (unless it has already been put into a movie, and it has another rating).
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST!!!! Feb. 7 1999
Format:Paperback
This is a book I could not put down I was wondering who did what but at the end it all came together but I must say Mary Downing Hahn adds every detail and isthe best author I ever heard of. My favorite part is when they are in the antique shop when the dolls eyes don't open! I think that part was scary and funny. GREAT WORK MRS. HAHN!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book, but... Sept. 8 2003
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book. It may be considered a kids' book, but it deals with many adult themes such as drug use, child abuse, murder, etc. The book is thrilling and should be made into a movie (if it hasn't already). I would recommend this book for people ages 11-14.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A incredible and realistic book. March 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It was a trilling ride from begining to end. The action was great and it was not a cheesy or childish book. The most important thing about a book is to make sure that it is real, and this book is. This is a great book to read if your in to action.
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