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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 s 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?


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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 s 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?

30 review for The Story Seeker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Fitzgerald

    It is very rare for me to love a sequel book as much as its predecessor. So not the case with “The Story Seeker”; it was every bit as wonderful as “The Story Collector”! Viviani Felderer, (a child lucky enough to have actually lived in the New York Public Library!), reminds me of Kit Kittredge from the American Girl series, which I also dearly love. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a trip back in time and explore the most wonderful library in New York City with Viviani!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Grace

    3.5 Stars This was a pleasant easy read to break up some of the heavier books I've been consuming. Always love a simplistic, beautiful story of friendship, mystery and a happy ending! 3.5 Stars This was a pleasant easy read to break up some of the heavier books I've been consuming. Always love a simplistic, beautiful story of friendship, mystery and a happy ending!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Viviani Fedeler lives in the New York public library. She wants to be a star reporter. When her teacher announces a story contest where the winner gets their story printed in The New York Times, Viviani is elated. She's sure she can win but finds herself with a case of writer's block. As she tries to find the perfect story to write, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Medical books are disappearing from the library. This is a very nice middle school book. It has a great storyline, good Viviani Fedeler lives in the New York public library. She wants to be a star reporter. When her teacher announces a story contest where the winner gets their story printed in The New York Times, Viviani is elated. She's sure she can win but finds herself with a case of writer's block. As she tries to find the perfect story to write, she finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Medical books are disappearing from the library. This is a very nice middle school book. It has a great storyline, good characters and lots of interesting facts to learn. It also has some codes to decipher which will keep the reader busy and teach them something new. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thank you very much to Kristin O’Donnell Tubb and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group! Viviani Fedeler is back! Proud resident of the NYPL and writer/reporter/mystery solver extraordinaire, she is overjoyed when her teacher announces a story writing contest. The winner will even get their essay printed in the New York Times AND get to visit the office! But Viviani develops her first case of writer’s block! Not only that, the library has another Thank you very much to Kristin O’Donnell Tubb and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group! Viviani Fedeler is back! Proud resident of the NYPL and writer/reporter/mystery solver extraordinaire, she is overjoyed when her teacher announces a story writing contest. The winner will even get their essay printed in the New York Times AND get to visit the office! But Viviani develops her first case of writer’s block! Not only that, the library has another mystery to solve: who is keeping overdue valuable medical books? And why? I loved that this story sprang from a real historical event that occurred while Viviani lived in the library. Also enjoyed learning about different types of codes that Viviani discovered while trying to solve the mystery. Great themes of friendship and perseverance. Publishes in January 2020 and highly recommend for middle grade readers!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Genetta

    Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's second in The Story Collector series of middle grade books about Viviani Fedeler (and her family who lives in the New York Public Library in the 1920s) will thrill middle grade readers! Who wouldn't want to live in a library, especially that famous library with the lions out front? Who wouldn't want to play mischief games with brothers and friends at the library? When Viviani and her friends set out to solve the mystery of missing rare library books, they learn codebreak Kristin O'Donnell Tubb's second in The Story Collector series of middle grade books about Viviani Fedeler (and her family who lives in the New York Public Library in the 1920s) will thrill middle grade readers! Who wouldn't want to live in a library, especially that famous library with the lions out front? Who wouldn't want to play mischief games with brothers and friends at the library? When Viviani and her friends set out to solve the mystery of missing rare library books, they learn codebreaking, the difference between intent and theft, and how stories change perspective. I highly recommend this fun book full of adventure, friendship, and family! ✨ ✅🦄 🎉 🐙✨💥!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    This sequel continues the story and offers more information about the three young girls who enjoy solving mysteries together. Tubb also provides further information about the New York Public Library and how it is run. Charming and full of action to keep readers guessing on who is not returning medical books to the rare books room.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    In the 1920s, Viviani Fedeler and her family live at the New York Public Library, where her father works. Viviani herself intends to be a writer and loves the library, both of which come into play when two things happen. First, expensive and irreplaceable medical texts have gone missing from the library, checked out under false names and not returned. Viviani and her friends have already solved one mystery, so she is determined that they will solve this one as well. The second thing that happens In the 1920s, Viviani Fedeler and her family live at the New York Public Library, where her father works. Viviani herself intends to be a writer and loves the library, both of which come into play when two things happen. First, expensive and irreplaceable medical texts have gone missing from the library, checked out under false names and not returned. Viviani and her friends have already solved one mystery, so she is determined that they will solve this one as well. The second thing that happens is that Viviani's class is assigned to write stories about friendship, and the winning story will be published in the New York Times. Viviani is determined to win, though she can't seem to find the right story to tell to capture the theme. Will she and her friends track down the book thief, and will Viviani find the right story to tell? How will these two storylines connect? I liked but didn't love this one. I liked the use of Dewey numbers as chapter titles (because I am a librarian, after all), and if I'd had this in paper rather than as an audiobook, I would have liked the exploration of different codes (as it was, it was rather tedious to listen to each code and then coded message being read out without the possibility of solving it since I was driving!). This is based on a real girl and a real family who lived at the NYPL, so that's pretty neat, but I sometimes feel that the author fell into the trap of wanting to put in a ton of real historical info because it was fun and interesting rather than because it served the plot. Because of that, it felt as if this were more an episodic family story about living at the library (which I would have totally read if it had been so advertised!) rather than the mystery it was advertised as. The mystery didn't start until several chapters in, then it kept getting pushed aside for other parts of the story. I also felt that the book got a bit didactic about plagiarism and related topics. It is an interesting line between inspiration and plagiarism, but it could have been done more subtly. Or maybe not, I don't know.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. It is out now! This is the second book in a sweet middle grade series that checks so many boxes for me: library setting, historical fiction, based on a true story, evidence of the power of stories, and beautiful and clever book design. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dreamed of living in a library, but for Viviani Fedeler it was a reality—and in one of the most iconic and historic libraries: NYPL! In this book Viviani is t I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher to review. It is out now! This is the second book in a sweet middle grade series that checks so many boxes for me: library setting, historical fiction, based on a true story, evidence of the power of stories, and beautiful and clever book design. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dreamed of living in a library, but for Viviani Fedeler it was a reality—and in one of the most iconic and historic libraries: NYPL! In this book Viviani is trying to find inspiration for her school’s writing contest while also hunting down clues about a case of rare library books that have gone missing. I solved the mystery very early on, but I am not the target audience, and it was the journey I most enjoyed anyway. I really enjoyed this entertaining story with very endearing characters and a setting that thrilled the book lover in me. I also adored the details like that each chapter heading has a dewey decimal reference and the wonderful illustrations!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 behin 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!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Book 2 Viviani and her family live IN the New York Public Library. (I am soooo jealous!!) Viviani has decided that she wants to be a news reporter and is thrilled when her teacher announces a contest for the New York Times. However, she cannot seem to find the right topic and is worried that maybe she does not have what it takes. In addition, rare books have gone missing and Viviani and her friends are trying to find out who has taken them before the official library detective/overdue collector f Book 2 Viviani and her family live IN the New York Public Library. (I am soooo jealous!!) Viviani has decided that she wants to be a news reporter and is thrilled when her teacher announces a contest for the New York Times. However, she cannot seem to find the right topic and is worried that maybe she does not have what it takes. In addition, rare books have gone missing and Viviani and her friends are trying to find out who has taken them before the official library detective/overdue collector figures it out. I absolutely love this inside look at the NY library building and the history there. Also, each chapter starts with a Dewey Decimal number. It makes this book nerd very happy. Sweet and fun. Read it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Viviani Fedeler is a proud resident of the New York Public Library and she has dreams of becoming a reporter. So when her teacher assigns an essay competition with the winner getting their essay in the New York Times she's overjoyed. But then a terrible case of writer's block hits. Lucky for Viviani there's a new mystery afoot with old missing books, secret codes, and maybe even a spy! This was just as good as the first one, but it does not need to be read after the first one. I can stand on its Viviani Fedeler is a proud resident of the New York Public Library and she has dreams of becoming a reporter. So when her teacher assigns an essay competition with the winner getting their essay in the New York Times she's overjoyed. But then a terrible case of writer's block hits. Lucky for Viviani there's a new mystery afoot with old missing books, secret codes, and maybe even a spy! This was just as good as the first one, but it does not need to be read after the first one. I can stand on its own. A good recommendation for those who love books that involve books, mysteries, and family dynamics.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Dobihal Smith

    What a fun romp this historical fiction/mystery is! The protagonist, Viviani and her loving family (marriage intact!) make NYPL their home, which makes for a wonderful setting. (Google as you go and you can see it for yourself - unless you're lucky enough to live nearby!) Friendship, honesty, and other themes are addressed without becoming didactic. For interactive fun, there are codes to break! Although somewhat predictable, it wraps up with an ending that's sure to please. Works as a stand alo What a fun romp this historical fiction/mystery is! The protagonist, Viviani and her loving family (marriage intact!) make NYPL their home, which makes for a wonderful setting. (Google as you go and you can see it for yourself - unless you're lucky enough to live nearby!) Friendship, honesty, and other themes are addressed without becoming didactic. For interactive fun, there are codes to break! Although somewhat predictable, it wraps up with an ending that's sure to please. Works as a stand alone too though kids who missed it will want to read the first! Great for both genders. Book club gem!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    It is six month after the events of the first volume in the series, and Viviani and friends, the Moppets, are busy with two new events - a story contest about friendship, and a series of missing rare books. I enjoyed reading this historical novel for middle schoolers. There are real people in the story, including Lorena Hickock, a reporter and friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. I like the characters and the writing in this series. The readers learn valuable lessons along with Viviani and her friends, It is six month after the events of the first volume in the series, and Viviani and friends, the Moppets, are busy with two new events - a story contest about friendship, and a series of missing rare books. I enjoyed reading this historical novel for middle schoolers. There are real people in the story, including Lorena Hickock, a reporter and friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. I like the characters and the writing in this series. The readers learn valuable lessons along with Viviani and her friends, in a fun and palatable way.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Parkin

    Like the first book in this series, I thought it was a delightful trip into what life might have been like for the daughter of the the man in charge of managing how to maintain the New York Public library in the 1920's. Both books rely on historical facts about the library. This book also allows the reader to see what life was like for those suffering from tuberculosis, quite infectious at the time - very relevant to our current pandemic. Like the first book in this series, I thought it was a delightful trip into what life might have been like for the daughter of the the man in charge of managing how to maintain the New York Public library in the 1920's. Both books rely on historical facts about the library. This book also allows the reader to see what life was like for those suffering from tuberculosis, quite infectious at the time - very relevant to our current pandemic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Oh, how I love going on adventures with Viviani Fedeler. I am so glad to have met her in these two adventures. In Story Seekers Viviani and her family and friends have another mystery to solve, based on real life incidents. Tubb’s way of weaving words together is magic and I love being a dear friend as well as being the reader. Thanks to Kristin Tubb for the Advanced Reader’s Copy. I am happy to shout to the world the magic of your words!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy Sands

    So I read Story Collector a year ago. This book seemed very relevant for right know. When they talk about the tuberculosis pandemic, and we are dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic. I could totally relate to the idea of hoarding information to find a cure. I also liked that there was true information. The people and events are what makes this book loveable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Retford

    This was a little slow going, but I was all smiles at the end. It was fascinating to read about the library world in the 1920s. The girls were able to see a picture of a panda at the NYPL, which they had never seen before. And there really was a girl named Viviani Fedeler who lived in an apartment at the NYPL.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Loved this book 2 installment of the Story Collector (book one is just as good!). The writing is inspirational, fun, and spot on for all elements of mid grade fiction craft. It can be challenging to pull off an educational story while also writing an engaging and fun story. This book succeeds in both categories. I hope there's more to come! Loved this book 2 installment of the Story Collector (book one is just as good!). The writing is inspirational, fun, and spot on for all elements of mid grade fiction craft. It can be challenging to pull off an educational story while also writing an engaging and fun story. This book succeeds in both categories. I hope there's more to come!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    A book about a young girl who lives in the New York Public Library and solves mysteries, what's not to love? Plus it's historical with a bold, ambitious young female heroine! I love that the Dewey Decimal system is brought into the theme of the chapters. Great read for any librarian, even if it is meant for kids! A book about a young girl who lives in the New York Public Library and solves mysteries, what's not to love? Plus it's historical with a bold, ambitious young female heroine! I love that the Dewey Decimal system is brought into the theme of the chapters. Great read for any librarian, even if it is meant for kids!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynn K.

    Another heartwarming entry in the NYPL series. This one gets into the main mystery faster than the first one did. This one also made me cry. Not ugly cry like most of Rick Riordan's books, but I had to get a tissue and dab me eyes for a chapter or so. This book builds on the friendship theme of the first book and also adds a dash of doing the wrong thing for the right reason. Another heartwarming entry in the NYPL series. This one gets into the main mystery faster than the first one did. This one also made me cry. Not ugly cry like most of Rick Riordan's books, but I had to get a tissue and dab me eyes for a chapter or so. This book builds on the friendship theme of the first book and also adds a dash of doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria Caplin

    Loved the beginning of the story. A perfect setting living in a library. I liked how the author wove in about the challenges and exciting parts of being a writer. The mystery with the puzzles woven in were fun. The ending was predictable.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nurul

    Loved loved loveeeeddddd the continuation of Viviani's story. This time the Moppets (Viv, Eva and Merit) are in search of the person who is holding (or stealing) the library books! Storyline was not as predictable as the first one and there were lots of puzzles in this! Loved loved loveeeeddddd the continuation of Viviani's story. This time the Moppets (Viv, Eva and Merit) are in search of the person who is holding (or stealing) the library books! Storyline was not as predictable as the first one and there were lots of puzzles in this!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I liked the historical context to this book; most of what happens was based off true events. I wasn't crazy about how dramatic the main character is (which probably bugged me in the first book as well), but I didn't dislike her enough to dislike the book. I just wasn't floored by it. I liked the historical context to this book; most of what happens was based off true events. I wasn't crazy about how dramatic the main character is (which probably bugged me in the first book as well), but I didn't dislike her enough to dislike the book. I just wasn't floored by it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    It was a good book. Not my kind of story but nevertheless a great write.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    Another cute addition to the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer

    Possible BOB 2020?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A little too deliberately “old-timey” to meet my personal taste, but I think kids today would be interested in a story based on a family living in the NYPL.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you: http://www.indiebound.org I support independent bookstores. You can use this link to find one near you: http://www.indiebound.org

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mina L

    3.5

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary E.

    Actual residents of the New York Public Library; exciting; intriguing; funny;

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