Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Family movie night? There's an app for that

Download our new mobile app on iOS and Android.

Parents' Guide to

The Box in the Woods: Truly Devious, Book 4

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mature, very witty summer camp murder mystery.

The Box in the Woods: Truly Devious, Book 4 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (2 ):

For anyone who adores summer camp murder mysteries, you'll find this book irresistible, and, as a bonus, it's also witty as heck. Stevie Bell, from the popular Truly Devious series, is back. She loves solving mysteries so much that she's willing to help a "tech bro" with his crime podcast, and she's also willing to work at a camp and do outdoorsy things -- and she's not the least bit outdoorsy. Carson as the "tech bro" is a pretty astute send-up of overzealous entrepreneurs who use terms like "Think Jams." Stevie may not be as reluctant as she should be about collaborating with Carson, but she's 17 without a lot of power in the situation. She decides to ignore him instead of quit when he steps out of line.

When Carson is officially on the sidelines, Stevie gets down to work -- often by sneaking out of work at the camp, but her roommate Janelle has the arts and crafts more than covered. Like any good murder mystery, there are lots of taped interviews to ponder, some precious object missing, another mysterious death, and a detail that gets overlooked until the last second of divine inspiration. And there's danger in the woods. In the dark. You'll be hooked until the final showdown/small town Think Jam, and if you solve the crime before the incredible Stevie, you should have your own podcast.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate