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Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom

Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom


“Such deliciously creepy fun! I fell in love with Dr. Fell! So will urchins and whippersnappers everywhere.” —Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestsellers Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and The Island of Dr. Libris

“Recommended for school libraries that need to breathe life into their traditional mystery collections.” -School Library Journal

“Deliciously dark, funny, and foreboding, Neilsen’s first novel delivers with broad appeal.” – Booklist



A 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist!


Nominated for 2016 Cybils Award for Best Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction!


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When the mysterious Dr. Fell moves into the abandoned house that had once been the neighborhood kids’ hangout, he immediately builds a playground to win them over. But as the ever-changing play space becomes bigger and more elaborate, the children and their parents fall deeper under the doctor’s spell.

Only Jerry, Nancy, and Gail are immune to the lure of his extravagant wonderland. And they alone notice that when the injuries begin to pile up on the jungle gym, somehow Dr. Fell is able to heal each one with miraculous speed. Now the three children must find a way to uncover the doctor’s secret power without being captivated by his trickery.

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Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom is published by Crown Books for Young Readers and is available in bookstores everywhere

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Beyond the Doors


When their house burns down and their father winds up in the hospital, Janice, Zack, Sydney, and Alexa Rothbaum are forced to move in with their Aunt Gladys–a family member they never even knew existed.

Aunt Gladys is an odd woman, but her house is even more so. It’s a huge circle, and the only entrance is a wall that doubles as a drawbridge over a deep moat. The rooms are long and narrow and curve around a mysterious central room. They also lack doors. Every single doorway in the house is an open arch–even the doorway to the bathroom!

But the doors haven’t disappeared. Aunt Gladys is using them. And when the Rothbaum children discover how and why, their world is turned upside down.

Beyond the Doors will be published August 1, 2017 from Crown Books for Young Readers.

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