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"This fun mystery will keep readers engaged to the very end! Highly recommended for upper elementary and middle students.” - Donna, librarian


Summary: When a social media star named Lux claims the Mega Vortex ride is actually an alien spaceship, people believe him and stop riding it. He also says the aliens gave him superpowers to use in the Waldameer arcade. Seth and Julia are doubtful, but Lux proves it by playing countless perfect games of Skee-ball. Does Lux have Skee-ball superpowers, or is he cheating? Aliens can’t really be at Waldameer, can they? The detectives need to figure out what’s fact and what’s fake. Join Seth, Julia, Anh, and Omar as they search for evidence of aliens while the Mega Vortex’s reputation hangs in the balance!


Ages: 8-12

Themes: Critical Thinking, Internet Smarts

Featured Ride: Mega Vortex


About the Series: The Waldameer Mystery Files children's book series, set at Waldameer & Water World in Erie, Pennsylvania, was written with teachers in mind. The children's books teach empathy and diversity by including multicultural characters and immigrant and refugee characters who are learning English. 

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