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Following the Mystery Man [Paperback]

Mary Downing Hahn
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Sept. 1 1989
When Clint, a handsome, mysterious stranger, rents a room in her grandmother's house, eleven-year-old Madigan is convinced he's the father she never met. She sets out to discover the truth but finds out it's dangerous to assume things about strangers.

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When Madigan was very young, her mother died of cancer; her father had walked out on their marriage long before that. Madigan has grown up at her grandmother's rooming house, and now she is a sixth grader, just like her friend Angie. They are young enough to get the giggles, old enough to wonder about the new man who has taken a room at Grandmother's. Clint is kind to them, and Madigan begins to think of him as her father, coming back to claim her after many years. But Clint has a much more dangerous pastone readers will comprehend by the middle of the bookand Madigan's fantasies are stripped away when he kidnaps her. She escapes from him and eventually is reunited with her grandmother, but berates herself for believing her father had returned. Like Angie, readers might scoff at Madigan's fanciful ideas, but because she is such an earnest, likable heroine, she makes her foolishness believable and the story retains suspense. Ages 9-13.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Always interested in writing, Mary Downing Hahn became a children's author only after experimenting with a wide variety of careers, from junior high school art teacher to college instructor to children's librarian. Today she is the author of more than twenty books that have appeared on countless state awards lists. Her stories run the gamut from historical fiction such as the popular Gordy trilogy, to ghost stories such as Wait Till Helen Comes and Look for Me by Moonlight. Her most recent work, Anna All Year Round, is a gentle and heartwarming story based on her own mother's diaries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery That Keeps You At The Edge Of Your Seat Oct. 29 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Following the Mystery Man is a fantastic mystery thats keeps the reader involved. It tells the story about a girl named Madigan who grows up in life wothout a mother or a father. A handsome young man named Clint comes to town, and gives all the evidence of being Madigan's father. Madigan gets ideas about Clint and follows him around. She figures something out that she wishes she hadn't; for this clue changed both Madigan's and Clint's life forver. Can Madigan solve this mystery without ending up in the middle of it? This story tells a story about a girl who depritly needs a father, a mother, or even a a friend. Does she need one so badly that she jums to conclusions, gets her self tied up in the action, and even hurt. From this story, I found how much my father means to me. I understand now, after reading the book, how much my dad means to me. I will now cherish every moment that I spend with my dad; I now don't know if he will one day pack his bags and leave like Madigan's father did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 27 2002
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Format:Paperback
Awesome book. It's about a young girl, Madigan, who lost her mother when she was a baby and her father ran away. One day a stranger comes to town and he needs a place to stay. She thinks that he might be her dad by the way he acts around her and the way he looks like her. He's really a robber. Madigan finds out. She's very upset. He catches her spying on him when he is hiding stolen goods, and he grabs her. The best part of the book is her escape. A very exciting story that keeps you guessing at every page. I think this author writes amazing books. I really enjoy her mysteries.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very interesting story July 5 1999
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Format:Paperback
Madigan meets a charming stranger and becomes convinced he is her father who walked out on her and her now-dead mother many years ago. Now, living with her grandmother in a sleepy Maryland town, Madigan is determined to solve the mystery. Very exciting and suspenseful, and the issue of trust is explored here, too...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mystery for Teens! Aug. 30 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was twelve years old, and now that I'm 15, I still enjoy it. There is a strong plot, interesting characters, and a few mysteries. This would be a good book for ages 11-14.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome May 27 2002
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Awesome book. It's about a young girl, Madigan, who lost her mother when she was a baby and her father ran away. One day a stranger comes to town and he needs a place to stay. She thinks that he might be her dad by the way he acts around her and the way he looks like her. He's really a robber. Madigan finds out. She's very upset. He catches her spying on him when he is hiding stolen goods, and he grabs her. The best part of the book is her escape. A very exciting story that keeps you guessing at every page. I think this author writes amazing books. I really enjoy her mysteries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mystery for Teens! Aug. 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I was twelve years old, and now that I'm 15, I still enjoy it. There is a strong plot, interesting characters, and a few mysteries. This would be a good book for ages 11-14.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable book July 8 2006
By LargeMargeSentMe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is not just a good book, it's an extremly memorable one. I read it 15 years ago, and I still remember how good it was! I remember being completely enthralled and on the edge of my seat throughout the book. Highly recommended!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery That Keeps You At The Edge Of Your Seat Oct. 29 2001
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Following the Mystery Man is a fantastic mystery thats keeps the reader involved. It tells the story about a girl named Madigan who grows up in life wothout a mother or a father. A handsome young man named Clint comes to town, and gives all the evidence of being Madigan's father. Madigan gets ideas about Clint and follows him around. She figures something out that she wishes she hadn't; for this clue changed both Madigan's and Clint's life forver. Can Madigan solve this mystery without ending up in the middle of it? This story tells a story about a girl who depritly needs a father, a mother, or even a a friend. Does she need one so badly that she jums to conclusions, gets her self tied up in the action, and even hurt. From this story, I found how much my father means to me. I understand now, after reading the book, how much my dad means to me. I will now cherish every moment that I spend with my dad; I now don't know if he will one day pack his bags and leave like Madigan's father did.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very interesting story July 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Madigan meets a charming stranger and becomes convinced he is her father who walked out on her and her now-dead mother many years ago. Now, living with her grandmother in a sleepy Maryland town, Madigan is determined to solve the mystery. Very exciting and suspenseful, and the issue of trust is explored here, too...
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