Pre-order at your local bookstore and online via Amazon or HarperCollins. Scheduled to be published on August 21, 2018.

The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee by Elinor TeeleQUICK FACTS

From the acclaimed author of The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin comes a funny, heartfelt, rip-roaring puzzle box of an adventure about grit, guts, and gold. An excellent choice for lovers of Sherlock Holmes and word puzzles.

  • Age Range: 8-12 years
  • Publisher: Walden Pond Press, an Imprint of HarperCollins
  • Illustrator: The talented Forrest Dickison
  • Kid Interest: Feisty Female Protagonists, Puzzles Within Puzzles, Identity & Understanding, Vivid Gold Rush Town, New Zealand Landscape
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The small, run-down town of Eden is the only place Jenny Burns has ever called home. The roots of the trees are in her bones, the air of the mountains is in her breath, the lakes and rivers are in her blood. And that’s why when her father loses his job and tells Jenny that they may have to move on from Eden, she knows she can’t let that happen.

The fever of the New Zealand gold rush still runs in the veins of Eden, and everyone knows the legend of Doc Magee: how he found the largest gold nugget anyone had ever seen and hid it somewhere in the hills before he disappeared. Jenny and her best friend, Pandora, know that if they can find the gold, it’ll solve all their problems. But the way is fraught with mysteries, riddles, and danger—and those are just the threats they know about. Before her quest is over, Jenny will have to face challenges from within as well as from without.


Jordan Brown at Walden Pond Press has acquired North American rights to this book. Walden Pond Press is a collaboration between HarperCollins and Walden Media to create the next generation of middle grade classics.

Steven Chudney at The Chudney Agency brokered the deal.