The Wishing Well

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 THE WISHING WELL, the once-grand, now abandoned Marborough Estate and its legendary stone wishing well have become the center of odd happenings. The reclusive owner unexpectedly returns, only to lock herself secretively away in the mansion. Soon after, an ancient stone is unearthed on the estate, upon which is carved a 400-year-old message. Or is it a hoax? Who are the two strangers who repeatedly visit the wishing well in the dead of night? Penny boldly investigates, certain that danger threatens her new friend Rhoda, a gifted, but poverty-stricken artist. - Summary by Cheryl Adam

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

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 An Old House Cheryl Adam
00:11:57
Play 02 By the Covered Well Cheryl Adam
00:15:39
Play 03 A Chicken Dinner Cheryl Adam
00:07:38
Play 04 A Record on Rock Cheryl Adam
00:16:10
Play 05 Strangers from Texas Cheryl Adam
00:08:48
Play 06 A Wish Fulfilled Cheryl Adam
00:10:18
Play 07 Penny's Discovery Cheryl Adam
00:10:03
Play 08 A Moving Light Cheryl Adam
00:10:11
Play 09 Mysterious Prowlers Cheryl Adam
00:11:38
Play 10 Beneath the Flagstones Cheryl Adam
00:08:54
Play 11 Jay Franklin's Trickery Cheryl Adam
00:11:02
Play 12 No Admittance Cheryl Adam
00:10:20
Play 13 A Silken Ladder Cheryl Adam
00:12:00
Play 14 Night Adventure Cheryl Adam
00:11:12
Play 15 Old Bottles Cheryl Adam
00:09:54
Play 16 Inside the Mansion Cheryl Adam
00:12:58
Play 17 The Marborough Pearls Cheryl Adam
00:11:01
Play 18 Signboard Indians Cheryl Adam
00:12:24
Play 19 Publicity Plus Cheryl Adam
00:11:58
Play 20 Rhoda's Problem Cheryl Adam
00:13:29
Play 21 Mrs. Marborough's Loss Cheryl Adam
00:10:34
Play 22 The Missing Necklace Cheryl Adam
00:13:58
Play 23 Grand Ball Cheryl Adam
00:13:35
Play 24 River Rising Cheryl Adam
00:09:17
Play 25 Precious Cargo Cheryl Adam
00:06:40