Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

The Box in the Woods


Series
Truly Devious

by
Maureen Johnson

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Katherine Tegen
ISBN
9780063032606
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General
$21.42   $17.85
SEE MEMBER PRICE
QTY
Out of stock

JLG Category

Mystery High Plus

The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious standalone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Stevie Bell did it. She solved the greatest unsolved mystery of the century. So what now?

Figuring it all out—the truth behind Truly Devious and what exactly happened in the Ellingham Affair—has granted Stevie Bell a bit of celebrity in the true crime community. So she’s not surprised when she gets an email from the man who owns Camp Bounty Lake (now called Camp Wonder Falls), the site of the infamous “Box in the Woods” murders from the 1970s. Weird things are happening at the camp again, although nothing as sinister as before. No murders, no bodies posed by the mysterious figure they called The Doll Collector. But there is a threatening message chalked across a wall. And a box has appeared, with three grisly dolls inside it.

Stevie accepts a job as a camp counselor so she can figure out what’s going on. She recruits her friends from Ellingham—Nate, Janelle, and Vi—to become counselors, too, and even Germaine Batt turns up. But not long after they arrive, death returns to Wonder Falls. Something—someone—is out there in the woods.

Once again, Stevie will have to solve a cold case from the past before a killer catches up with her in the present.Author’s note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use , Language: Strong Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Violence: General

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Oct 2021

Book Genres

Mystery, Detective Story

Topics

Summer camps. Cold cases (criminal investigation). Friendship. Dating and relationships. Serial murders. Vermont. Podcasts. 

Standard MARC Records

Download Standard MARC Records

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–After solving the Ellingham mystery, Stevie Bell is looking at a long summer at home with her parents, working at the local grocery store. But then she gets an interesting invitation from Carson Buchwald, the new owner of Camp Wonder Falls. The camp was the site of a notorious unsolved mass murder in 1978: Four teenage counselors were killed in the woods, and three of their bodies were found in a box with “Surprise” written inside the lid. Carson is making a podcast about the deaths and wants Stevie to help him solve the case. It beats slicing cheese at the deli counter, and she can bring her friends Janelle and Nate along, so she jumps at the chance. But she’s only just begun looking around when the word “Surprise” appears on the wall above her bed while she and Janelle are sleeping. Someone wants to scare her off, but who? There are still plenty of people in town who were there in 1978, but Stevie can’t shake the feeling that there’s something off about Carson. Stevie and Nate are white, and Janelle is Black. VERDICT It’s always a pleasure to watch smart, resourceful Stevie piece together a puzzle. Mystery fans will relish this standalone novel in the “Truly Devious” ­universe.–Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

Horn Book

After establishing the absorbing origin story of Stevie Bell in the Truly Devious trilogy (Truly Devious, rev. 1/18, and sequels), Johnson gleefully takes a stab at the slasher movie trope by sending her teen detective on a cold case at a summer camp. Stevie is offered a job by a wealthy “tech bro” who wants to create a true-crime podcast. He’s hoping that she will crack the case of the notorious Camp Wonder Falls murders, where four teenagers were bludgeoned to death in the summer of 1978. Stevie accepts and gets right to work interviewing locals and collecting clues, which is a welcome distraction from her ever-present anxiety and complicated relationship with her boyfriend. But there is someone in Camp Wonder Falls who will do anything—including murder—to keep our heroine from discovering the dark truth. This satisfying standalone mystery will delight fans of teen horror flicks and true-crime documentaries, as well as those who prefer their mysteries wrapped up after one volume. Crime history geeks will be particularly tickled by the multiple references to, and author’s note about, Frances Glessner Lee, the woman who “basically established forensics in the United States.” Here’s hoping this highly entertaining volume isn’t the last we hear from Stevie Bell. JENNIFER HUBERT SWAN

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–After solving the Ellingham mystery, Stevie Bell is looking at a long summer at home with her parents, working at the local grocery store. But then she gets an interesting invitation from Carson Buchwald, the new owner of Camp Wonder Falls. The camp was the site of a notorious unsolved mass murder in 1978: Four teenage counselors were killed in the woods, and three of their bodies were found in a box with “Surprise” written inside the lid. Carson is making a podcast about the deaths and wants Stevie to help him solve the case. It beats slicing cheese at the deli counter, and she can bring her friends Janelle and Nate along, so she jumps at the chance. But she’s only just begun looking around when the word “Surprise” appears on the wall above her bed while she and Janelle are sleeping. Someone wants to scare her off, but who? There are still plenty of people in town who were there in 1978, but Stevie can’t shake the feeling that there’s something off about Carson. Stevie and Nate are white, and Janelle is Black. VERDICT It’s always a pleasure to watch smart, resourceful Stevie piece together a puzzle. Mystery fans will relish this standalone novel in the “Truly Devious” ­universe.–Stephanie Klose, Library Journal

Horn Book

After establishing the absorbing origin story of Stevie Bell in the Truly Devious trilogy (Truly Devious, rev. 1/18, and sequels), Johnson gleefully takes a stab at the slasher movie trope by sending her teen detective on a cold case at a summer camp. Stevie is offered a job by a wealthy “tech bro” who wants to create a true-crime podcast. He’s hoping that she will crack the case of the notorious Camp Wonder Falls murders, where four teenagers were bludgeoned to death in the summer of 1978. Stevie accepts and gets right to work interviewing locals and collecting clues, which is a welcome distraction from her ever-present anxiety and complicated relationship with her boyfriend. But there is someone in Camp Wonder Falls who will do anything—including murder—to keep our heroine from discovering the dark truth. This satisfying standalone mystery will delight fans of teen horror flicks and true-crime documentaries, as well as those who prefer their mysteries wrapped up after one volume. Crime history geeks will be particularly tickled by the multiple references to, and author’s note about, Frances Glessner Lee, the woman who “basically established forensics in the United States.” Here’s hoping this highly entertaining volume isn’t the last we hear from Stevie Bell. JENNIFER HUBERT SWAN

Grades 9 & Up
Mystery High Plus
For Grades 9 & Up
Keep your high school readers turning pages with the riveting mysteries and spellbinding adventures in this 14-book category.

14 books per Year
$249.90 per Year
Interests
Fiction,High Interest/Reluctant Reader,Thriller/Horror/Mystery,Novels,Realistic Fiction
Like this book?
Get more like this every month.
LEARN MORE
Grades 9 & Up
Mystery High Plus
14 books per Year
$249.90 per Year

Other Recommended Titles From Mystery High Plus

The Silver Blonde

by Elizabeth Ross

Mystery High Plus

December 2021

Mystery High Plus

November 2021

The Box in the Woods

by Maureen Johnson

Mystery High Plus

October 2021
Out of stock

Ace of Spades

by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Mystery High Plus

October 2021
Out of stock
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.