Penny Parker by Mildred A Wirt
Penny Parker is the protagonist in a series of children’s mystery novels by American author Mildred A. Wirt. Penny Parker is an amateur sleuth, high school student and newspaper reporter for her father’s newspaper. After her mother died when she was young, she was raised by the family housekeeper, Mrs. Weems. Mildred A. Wirt was quoted as saying, “I always thought Penny Parker was a better Nancy Drew than Nancy is.”

Mildred A. Wirt began her Penny Parker series in 1939 with the novel Tale of the Witch Doll. The series lasted 17 novels, concluding in 1947 with the novel The Cry at Midnight. There is one additional novel that was never finished. Below is a list of Mildred A. Wirt’s Penny Parker books in order of when they were first published (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Penny Parker Books


Tale of the Witch Doll(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Vanishing Houseboat(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Danger at the Drawbridge(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Behind the Green Door(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Clue of the Silken Ladder(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret Pact(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Clock Strikes Thirteen(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wishing Well(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saboteurs on the River(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghost Beyond the Gate(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hoofbeats on the Turnpike(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Voice from the Cave(1944) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guilt of the Brass Thieves(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Signal in the Dark(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whispering Walls(1946) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Swamp Island(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cry at Midnight(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Penny Parker Synopsis: In Clue of the Silken Ladder by Mildred A. Wirt (book 5), Penny Parker finds a silken ladder and questions its purpose. And does the recent string of burglaries have anything to do with a group of mediums?

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