Finally, Something Mysterious

Doug Cornett (Author)
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The best mysteries can only be solved with your best friends. The perfect summer read for fans of Stuart Gibbs.

Paul Marconi has always thought that Bellwood was a strange town, but also a boring one. Not much for an eleven-year-old to do. Fires are burning nearby, Paul's parents are obsessed with winning a bratwurst contest, and his best friend, one of the founding members of their only-child detective club, the One and Onlys, is about to acquire a younger sister, sort of undoing their whole reason for existing. But then Hundreds of rubber duckies have appeared on the lawn of poor Mr. Babbage without any explanation. Finally There is something that Paul and his friends can actually investigate.

In the face of all these bizarre occurrences, Paul is convinced that uncovering who deposited the duckies will finally bring some sense to what has become an upside-down world. Soon the three friends have a long list of suspects, all with their own motives, but no clear culprit. When everything comes to a head at the town's annual Bellwood Bratwurst Bonanza, Paul discovers that some things don't have an easy explanation and not every mystery can be solved.

A perfect summer story about friends, amateur sleuthing, and a whole lot of rubber duckies.

"The perfect mix of hilarious and heartwarming--kids won't be able to get enough of Paul and his friends' Bellwood adventures."--Elsie Chapman, author of All the Ways Home

"Delightful fun for budding mystery fans."--Kirkus

Product Details

Price: $16.98  $15.63
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published Date: April 14, 2020
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 5.5 X 0.63 X 8.25 inches | 0.8 pounds
ISBN: 9781984830036

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About the Author

Doug Cornett received his MFA from Portland State University and in 2016 was awarded first prize for the William Van Dyke Short Story Contest from Ruminate Magazine. Finally, Something Mysterious is his first novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family. Follow him on Twitter at @MrDougCornett.


"[A] feel-good middle-grade debut.... The quirkiness of the premise and the light, punny humor give the narrative its momentum." --Booklist