Flying swings.jpg


A children's book series set in Erie, PA for readers age 7-11

The Waldameer Mystery Files children's books revolve around siblings Seth and Julia and the mysteries they solve at Waldameer & Water World in Erie, Pennsylvania. ​Kid detectives Seth and Julia follow the clues, outsmart bullies, and make unexpected friendships--all while learning real Waldameer history.

Each book in the Waldameer Mystery Files series promotes themes of teamwork, honesty, diversity, empathy, and second chances.

The Waldameer Mystery Files children's books can be used by schools in many ways. Librarians can add the books to the school library. Teachers can read the books with their class using the Discussion Question & Activity Guide provided. Schools can partner with the author for a Q&A or author talk.

The Waldameer Mystery Files children's books are written by local author David Gorman, whose family owns and operates Waldameer. 

locket new cover imperfect.PNG


Waldameer Mystery Files Children's Book #1

Summary: Seth and Julia Ambrose practically live at Waldameer, the local amusement park. While showing their friends Tyren and Anh around, they find an old locket near the carousel. Where did the locket come from? How long has it been lost? But most importantly, whose is it? Follow Seth, Julia, Tyren, and Anh as they search for clues, outsmart bullies, and make unexpected friendships in their first Waldameer mystery!

Ages: 7-11

Themes: Friendship, Second Chances

Character Spotlight: Anh, a Vietnamese immigrant

Featured Ride: Carousel

Sneaky Sabotage front cover.PNG


Waldameer Mystery Files Children's Book #2

Summary: After a masked figure scares Seth and Julia in the Whacky Shack, strange things start happening. Some say the ride is haunted by an angry ghost. Who is causing all the trouble? Is this related to the award ceremony happening in a few days? From the ambitious journalist to the pushy salespeople, there is no shortage of suspects. Join Seth, Julia, Tyren, and Semira as they race to protect one of Waldameer's most beloved rides!

Ages: 7-11

Themes: Teamwork, Integrity

Character Spotlight: Semira, an Ethiopian refugee

Featured Ride: Whacky Shack



Waldameer Mystery Files Children's Book #3

Summary: When Seth and Julia are approached by a secretive man and asked to solve a decades-old scavenger hunt, they accept. But they're not the only detectives the man has recruited for this Waldameer mystery. Can Seth and Julia find the treasure before the team of cheaters? Who is the mystery man and why does he always wear a disguise? The latest Waldameer mystery sends Seth, Julia, Bek, and Semira on a puzzling race as they compete to solve the curious clues!

Ages: 7-11

Themes: Empathy, Overcoming Fears

Character Spotlight: Bek, an Uzbek immigrant

Featured Ride: L. Ruth Express train