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This is book number 2 in the The Story Collector series.

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Twelve-year-old Viviani Fedeler, proud resident of the New York Public Library, is back with another mystery to solve and an essay contest to win. Although Viviani and her two best friends are making progress on the missing rare library books, she has a slight case of writer's block. If she wants to win the contest with a trip to the NY Times offices and her essay printed in the newspaper, she's going to have to look for inspiration everywhere. I love this series! I enjoy reading about the behind the scenes life in the New York Public Library back in the roaring 20's. Living in and having that magnificent library as a playground would be a dream! I became so captivated in the story, I felt part of it as Viviani and her friends explore that magical place. I recommend this book to anyone who loves libraries, books, history and learning!

— Lisa


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?

About the Author

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, Selling Hope, and The 13th Sign. She lives in Tennessee with her family.

IACOPO BRUNO is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. He illustrated James Preller's Home Sweet Horror, I Scream, You Scream!, Good Night, Zombie, and Nightmareland.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250301093
ISBN-10: 1250301092
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: January 28th, 2020
Pages: 272
Series: The Story Collector

The Story Seeker: A New York Public Library Book (The Story Collector #2) (Hardcover)