Hoofbeats on the Turnpike

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 HOOFBEATS ON THE TURNPIKE, Penny is drawn to a remote hill community by a tantalizing tale of a headless horseman who ranges the countryside at night. While investigating the bizarre tale, Penny and her best friend Louise Siddell encounter a quirky array of hill folk, including a feisty "granny woman" who is at war with a wealthy landowner. The headless horseman seems to be targeting the landowner, who has ignored repeated warnings that the dam he owns is unsafe. The tale takes an unusually serious turn when the dam breaks, flooding the community. Trapped by the flood, Penny heroically does what she can to help the community and to get the story out to the world. - Summary by Cheryl Adam

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

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Old Man of the Hills Cheryl Adam
00:11:20
Play 02 Plans Cheryl Adam
00:12:26
Play 03 Into the Valley Cheryl Adam
00:13:14
Play 04 A Stranger of the Road Cheryl Adam
00:16:01
Play 05 Sleepy Hollow Estate Cheryl Adam
00:11:21
Play 06 Ghosts and Witches Cheryl Adam
00:15:10
Play 07 Bed and Board Cheryl Adam
00:14:27
Play 08 A Rich Man's Troubles Cheryl Adam
00:10:19
Play 09 Straight from the Shoulder Cheryl Adam
00:11:25
Play 10 Barn Dance Cheryl Adam
00:10:02
Play 11 The Headless Horseman Cheryl Adam
00:10:21
Play 12 Premonitions Cheryl Adam
00:08:22
Play 13 Rain Cheryl Adam
00:12:11
Play 14 A Moving Light Cheryl Adam
00:12:36
Play 15 Into the Woods Cheryl Adam
00:10:48
Play 16 A Fruitless Search Cheryl Adam
00:08:10
Play 17 Accusations Cheryl Adam
00:13:42
Play 18 Flood Waters Cheryl Adam
00:08:30
Play 19 Tragedy Cheryl Adam
00:09:34
Play 20 Emergency Call Cheryl Adam
00:13:57
Play 21 A Mystery Explained Cheryl Adam
00:11:14
Play 22 Wanted--a Wire Cheryl Adam
00:11:01
Play 23 Toll Line to Riverview Cheryl Adam
00:08:07
Play 24 A Big Story Cheryl Adam
00:06:58
Play 25 Mission Accomplished Cheryl Adam
00:10:10