The Mystery of Locked Rooms (Hardcover)

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“Full of clever puzzles, exciting rooms and adventures, and (of course) a little bit spooky. I love a good ‘kids solve it themselves’ story, and this one had the perfect character trio front and center. This book made me want to be a kid again.”
— Jordan Felkey, Three Avenues Bookshop, Chicago, IL


Crack the codes. Find the treasure. Escape the house.

From the acclaimed author of Scritch Scratch and What Lives in the Woods comes a action-packed adventure novel about three friends who team up to find a hidden treasure in an abandoned 1950's funhouse.

Twelve-year-old Sarah Greene wants nothing more from her seventh-grade year than to beat the hardest escape room left in her town with her best friends, West, and Hannah. But when a foreclosure notice shows up on Sarah's front door, everything changes. Since her father became ill two years ago, things have been bad, but not lose your house bad...until now. 

Sarah feels helpless until the day Hannah mentions a treasure rumored to be hidden in the walls of an abandoned funhouse. According to legend, Hans, Stefan, and Karl Stein were orphaned at eight years old and lived with different families until they were able to reunite as adults. Their dream was to build the most epic funhouse in existence. They wanted their experience to be more than mirror mazes and optical illusions, so they not only created elaborate riddles and secret passages, but they also claimed to have hidden a treasure inside the funhouse. 

Once in, Sarah, West, and Hannah realize the house is unlike any escape room they've attempted. There are challenges, yes, but they feel personal. Like the triplets knew who would get in. It seems impossible, but so does everything about the house. As soon as they're in she immediately worries that attempting the funhouse is a bad idea but Sarah has no choice but to continue, since her future is at stake.

About the Author

Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and three kids. She loves coffee, Halloween, Disney World and things that go bump in the night! She is the author of Scritch Scratch, What Lives in the Woods, The Girl in White, It Found Us and The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street. Visit her online at

Praise For…

"Lindsay Currie has crafted a winning mystery with confounding codes, misleading clues, and the lure of hidden treasure. It’s the ultimate escape room and will have you guessing until the final page." — James Ponti, New York Times bestselling author of City Spies

"Trapdoors, secret passages, and riddles galore. I loved every second of it!" — Max Brallier, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth

"A riddling, sporting adventure and a story of true friendship." — Kirkus Reviews

"This page-turner with touching character moments makes a fun read for anyone who enjoys puzzle solving, escape rooms, and books centered around the power of friendship." — Booklist

"With highly likable characters, authentic dialogue, and tension-building action, this exciting and engaging story will grab the attention of many readers who will not put it down until the end. Highly recommended" — School Library Journal

"In this page-turning thriller, Currie builds suspense via high-stakes brain teasers." — Publishers Weekly

"Thrilling twists and turns... the strength of this mystery is in the emotional character development of the three friends." — Youth Services Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728259536
ISBN-10: 1728259533
Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English