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The Midnight Tunnel: A Suzanna Snow Mystery (Suzanna Snow Mysteries) Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Suzanna Snow Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition, First Printing edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545208629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545208628
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It�s the turn of the last century, and Suzanna Snow is a diligent helper at the New Brunswick luxury resort her parents manage. But her passion is for sleuthing, and with an uncle who is a famous detective in Boston, Zanna feels she�s got a step up in following her dream. When a mystery materializes�the daughter of a wealthy guest goes missing�Zanna is on the case. She�s excited, too, when Uncle Bruce is called in, until she meets Will, his apprentice (the position that should be hers) and experiences Bruce�s disdain for females. That doesn�t stop Zanna from teaming up with Will to follow the clues and make sure justice is done. This is a solid mystery that discloses enough to keep readers involved in figuring out who done it while providing enough layers to leave them surprised at the twists. Frazier has also done a nice job creating a time and place, with the New Brunswick coast and its fishing community playing a prominent role. More Suzanna Snow mysteries will be quite welcome. Grades 4-7. --Ilene Cooper

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Praise for The Midnight Tunnel

“What Suzanna lacks in grace and composure, she makes up for in pluck, persistence and cleverness, emerging a likely and likable Edwardian Nancy Drew.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A solid mystery that discloses enough to keep readers involved in figuring out who
done it while providing enough layers to leave them surprised at the twists.”–Booklist

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I loved Suzanna "Zanna" Snow and her turn of the century hotel in Canada.
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Those of you who are older readers might be worried that this book will be too "young" for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Samphire on March 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really wish this book had been available when I was a kid devouring Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie novels - I would have absolutely loved it. Even as an adult, though, I still adored the 11-year-old heroine, Suzanna Snow, who is brave and smart and curious and prone to getting lost in her own thoughts (and accidentally burning the food she's supposed to be cooking in her family's hotel kitchen). The 1904 New England setting is also beautifully done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her 13-year-old daughter reads, I always enjoy checking out books that are not necessarily list-toppers. Yes, we get disappointed sometimes, because, well, books don't make the lists because they are not well-written. However, at other times, as was the case with "A Suzanna Snow Mystery: The Midnight Tunnel" by Angie Frazier", we were disappointed about the reverse: that this very decent book didn't make it to any kind of recommended reading book list - and it should. Although the time is 1904, the setting is reminiscent of "The Mystery of the Martello Tower" by Jennifer Lanthier (previously reviewed, also way under-rated) and Andrew Clements' "Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School" series, while the female protagonist brings to mind Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce and Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes (see below for said daughter's review). Readers looking for something less predictable than the trusted standbys Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew would enjoy the adventures Suzanna and her friends get up to. This is a nice summer read, which, if committed to film, would make a terrific after-school special!

" 'A Suzanna Snow Mystery: The Midnight Tunnel' by Angie Frazier was an interesting and captivating read.

"The main character is Suzanna `Zanna' Snow, who knows she is a good detective - after all, she is the niece of the famous Bostonian detective, Bruce Snow. So when a seven-year-old girl disappears from her parent's hotel, Zanna is sure she knows what happened. So why won't anyone, besides Lucy, Isaac and Will, believe her? Then Zanna and her friends discover yet another crime about to unfold, and Zanna realizes she is in grave danger ...

"My favorite characters were definitely Zanna and Will. Zanna reminds me of Enola Holmes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Books on March 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thanks to Goodreads First Reads and Scholastic for the opportunity to read this book!

Suzanna Snow is a delightful new heroine for middle graders. I have been a fan of Angie Frazier and her ability to weave a stunning historical setting since her young adult book Everlasting, and she's done it again with The Midnight Tunnel. Angie's masterful skill at creating both a lush setting and compelling characters are on full display in The Midnight Tunnel, and I can't wait to share this engaging mystery with my little Nancy Drew fan.

Set at the turn of the century in New Brunswick, The Midnight Tunnel is the first in a series of books about Suzanna Snow, a bright, spirited heroine with big dreams. I loved the Anne of Green Gables feel to the story with the Canadian setting and Suzanna's charming personality. She's being trained by her mother to be a proper lady at the Rosemount, the exclusive hotel her parents manage, but Suzanna has far grander dreams than waiting on rich people for the rest of her life--Suzanna wants to be a detective. Her aspirations and daydreams get her in a few scrapes, but Suzanna comes out shining and proves she's got the instict and skills to be a stellar detective.

Angie Frazier's writing is descriptive and engaging with an intriguing mystery to keep you guessing. Younger readers may not understand all of the descriptions, but preteens and smart girls will embrace and love this new Nancy Drew for their generation. The Midnight Tunnel offers a fresh new voice for middle graders and will have young readers clamoring for the next installment.
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By Lauren on February 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Adorable and full of suspense and intrigue, the first addition in the Suzanne Snow series is sure to be a hit among pre-teens as well as teens.

The Midnight Tunnel begins the story of the young Suzanne Snow. If Suzanne were given one wish, she would most definitely wish to be a detective, because not only is her uncle the infamous Bruce Snow, Boston's most prized detective, but she also has an uncanny talent for sleuthing. Unfortunately, given her surroundings and the time, she's unable to gain much experience in her desired field...that is until a girl goes missing from her parent's hotel. Recruiting her two trustworthy friends, Isaac and Lucy, Suzanne's ready to find the missing girl as well as the solution to this mystifying puzzle. However, what happens when her famous uncle makes a grand entrance with a surprising guest? Better yet, when given the biggest clue to her the case, will she be able to solve it finally- even if it means telling on a fellow friend? Only time and more pages will tell in this fast-paced mystery that sure to leave any reader questioning the case right along with Suzanne.

One of my favorite parts of this novel would have to be the characters. For example, Suzanne Snow is very much the next Nancy Drew. Smart and talented, she's one girl who will go to any length to bring justice to the world, even if it means taking some slippery and dangerous turns along the way. I also adored the addition of Isaac and Lucy, her two friends. Isaac is not only a pre-teen angler but also one to bring some hilarious lines as well as heart into the story, while Lucy is a sweet yet cunning girl full of her own mysterious secrets.

Angie Frazier also did a great job of making this mystery a lot of fun as well as enjoyable for nearly any age group.
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