This is book number 2 in the The Story Collector series.
I love this story! Who doesn’t want to read about libraries or books or wonderful words!? But it’s not just any old story…this is historical fiction based on a family who actually did live in the NYC Public Library in the 1920s. And the mystery of the missing books that Viviani is investigating is also true. Although this is a follow up to The Story Collector, it can be read without having read the first! Just an absolute joy!— Susan
Inspired by the true story of a girl who lived in the library, Kristen O'Donnell Tubb's The Story Seeker continues The Story Collector series with a heartwarming middle grade mystery that captures the illustrious New York Public Library during the roaring 20's.
Twelve-year-old Viviani Fedeler, proud resident of the New York Public Library, has her sights set on becoming a star reporter. She’s thrilled when Miss Hutch announces a story contest where the winner gets their essay printed in the New York Times!
But then Viviani gets her first-ever case of writer’s block. As she struggles to find inspiration, the library is hit with a strange mystery involving overdue books, secret messages, and perhaps a spy lurking among the shelves . . . Will Viviani be able to crack the code and find the perfect story worthy of a byline?
"Patterns, codes, mysteries, and storytelling are an appealing middle-grade draw." –Kirkus
"[A] light and engaging glimpse into Viviani’s unusual childhood." –School Library Journal
Praise for The Story Collector:
"A bright, whimsical story with an engaging heroine and the most perfect of all settings — the New York Public Library!" –New York Times-bestselling author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
"O’Donnell Tubb’s masterfully constructed prose perfectly balances youthfulness and sophistication. Her whimsical word play had me hooked by paragraph one!...A compulsive read for any age." –Historical Novels Society
"The perils of preteen friendship, ghost-hunting, and solving a theft make for pleasant reading." –Kirkus Reviews
"A love letter to libraries and bibliophiles of all ages." –School Library Journal