The Clock Strikes Thirteen

Mildred A. Wirt BENSON (1905 - 2002)

Penny Parker is a teen-aged sleuth and amateur reporter who has 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 "The Clock Strikes Thirteen," Penny is confronted by two mysteries that ultimately converge. First there is the odd extra chime from the Hubell Clock Tower at midnight and the inexplicable replacement of the dedicated old clock tower caretaker by a shiftless friend of a real estate developer. Then there is a series of terrorizing attacks of local farmers, including a barn burning. The attacks appear to be the work of a band of thugs known as the "Night Riders." With the help of her friend Louise, Penny works to solve the dual mystery before an another attack and to save an innocent man from jail. - Summary by Cheryl Adam

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

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Sandwiches for Two Cheryl Adam
00:13:36
Play 02 Night Riders Cheryl Adam
00:11:36
Play 03 A Black Hood Cheryl Adam
00:09:51
Play 04 A New Caretaker Cheryl Adam
00:13:04
Play 05 Old Seth Cheryl Adam
00:14:22
Play 06 Tall Corn Cheryl Adam
00:08:49
Play 07 Mr. Blake's Donation Cheryl Adam
00:10:30
Play 08 Publicity by Penny Cheryl Adam
00:11:33
Play 09 Jerry's Party Cheryl Adam
00:09:13
Play 10 In the Melon Patch Cheryl Adam
00:14:28
Play 11 Penny's Clue Cheryl Adam
00:09:54
Play 12 Adelle's Disappearance Cheryl Adam
00:11:13
Play 13 An Extra Stroke Cheryl Adam
00:12:35
Play 14 Through the Window Cheryl Adam
00:09:37
Play 15 Tracing Ben Bowman Cheryl Adam
00:09:29
Play 16 A Familiar Name Cheryl Adam
00:08:31
Play 17 False Records Cheryl Adam
00:13:52
Play 18 Adelle's Accusation Cheryl Adam
00:10:20
Play 19 Trailing a Fugitive Cheryl Adam
00:10:22
Play 20 Clem Davis' Disclosure Cheryl Adam
00:08:52
Play 21 A Broken Promise Cheryl Adam
00:09:50
Play 22 The Man in Gray Cheryl Adam
00:10:11
Play 23 A Trap Set Cheryl Adam
00:10:14
Play 24 Timely Help Cheryl Adam
00:14:03
Play 25 Special Edition Cheryl Adam
00:07:13