Behind the Green Door

Mildred A. Wirt BENSON (1905 - 2002)

Penny Parker is a teen-aged sleuth and amateur reporter with an uncanny knack for uncovering and solving unusual, sometimes bizarre mysteries. The only daughter of widower Anthony Parker, publisher of the "Riverview Star," Penny has been raised to be self-sufficient, outspoken, innovative, and extraordinarily tenacious. Her cheerful, chatty manner belies a shrewd and keenly observant mind. Penny was the creation of Mildred A. Wirt, who was also the author of the original Nancy Drew series (under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene). Wirt became frustrated when she was pushed to "tone down" Nancy Drew and make her less independent and daring. With Penny Parker, Wirt had a freer hand and received full credit. Wirt once said, " 'I always thought Penny Parker was a better Nancy Drew than Nancy is." In BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, the Parkers' long-planned trip to the Pine Top ski resort for the Christmas holiday is upset when the "Riverview Star" is sued for libel. Publisher Anthony Parker remains behind to deal with the crisis while Penny is sent to Pine Top. There, she encounters multiple mysteries, including an elderly recluse who keeps his granddaughter a prisoner in his remote cabin and the unexplained presence of a reporter from a rival newspaper. Worse, the man suing the "Star" also shows up in Pine Top. Penny's nose for news combined with her penchant for dare-devil skiing soon land her in the middle of a dangerous tangle she must unravel to save both the "Star" and the ski resort. - Summary by Cheryl Adam

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, Crime & Mystery Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Trouble for Mr. Parker Cheryl Adam
00:15:33
Play 02 A Rival Reporter Cheryl Adam
00:12:01
Play 03 Traveling Companions Cheryl Adam
00:11:51
Play 04 Pine Top Mountain Cheryl Adam
00:10:30
Play 05 Over the Barbed Wire Cheryl Adam
00:12:06
Play 06 Penny Trespasses Cheryl Adam
00:09:59
Play 07 The Green Door Cheryl Adam
00:10:23
Play 08 A Coded Message Cheryl Adam
00:12:02
Play 09 A Call for Help Cheryl Adam
00:09:42
Play 10 Locked in the Cabin Cheryl Adam
00:12:22
Play 11 A Newspaper Mystery Cheryl Adam
00:10:35
Play 12 The Green Card Cheryl Adam
00:09:57
Play 13 An Unkind Trick Cheryl Adam
00:12:37
Play 14 A Broken Rod Cheryl Adam
00:10:26
Play 15 In the Tool House Cheryl Adam
00:07:39
Play 16 A Puzzling Solution Cheryl Adam
00:11:32
Play 17 Strange Sounds Cheryl Adam
00:11:11
Play 18 Questions and Clues Cheryl Adam
00:08:12
Play 19 Peter Jasko Serves Notice Cheryl Adam
00:13:22
Play 20 Visitors Cheryl Adam
00:13:57
Play 21 The Secret Stairs Cheryl Adam
00:11:35
Play 22 Old Peter's Disappearance Cheryl Adam
00:09:23
Play 23 Rescue Cheryl Adam
00:10:19
Play 24 Henri's Salon Cheryl Adam
00:12:08
Play 25 Scoop! Cheryl Adam
00:07:12