Bang, bang! We heard glass shatter.

“Everyone get down,” whispered Mrs. Knell.

“What was that?” asked Ryan.

“Shut up,” whispered Daniela.

“What’s that sound?” asked Ryan.

“I thought Daniela told you to Shut Up!” said Lana.

“Everyone stay quiet and stay down,” said Mrs. Fydik.

That next moment, we heard more glass shattering and then an alarm went off. We wo we wo. The alarm was so loud, I thought it was going to make me deaf.

“Hey, look, cops are outside,” Olivia said.

“I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing,” I said.

I saw three men leaving the building. The alarm stopped and the next thing I knew, cops were running in, making sure everyone was okay.

richard price book“All of Richard Price’s (1723–1791) books are missing, including the famous ‘A Review of the Principal Questions in Morals…The Third Edition Corrected, and Enlarged by an Appendix. . . . London, 1787″ so we need to ask a few of you very important questions,” the chief cop said to us.

“Did anyone see anyone leaving the building?” a cop asked us.

“I did,” I say.

“Me too,” said Lana.

“Anyone else?” the cop asked.

Everyone just nodded their heads no in fear.

“Get these two to a safe location; they are the only witnesses we’ve got,” the chief said to a cop.

“Come on,” she said to Lana and me.

We looked at each other and instinctively knew we were not going to school tomorrow. On our way out, I touched a candle. Like a lever, it opened up a secret room. “What is in there?” I asked.

The cop looked at us, like we don’t know anything, and she said, “For the last five years, we have had break-ins to the Library of Congress when no one was here. We have never found the person or people doing it so we replaced the books to make everything seem fine. These people would only take books from Thomas Jefferson’s library. With this robbery, they have managed to steal all of the books. We have never found where they were harboring them, and that brings us to the present, this day, right now, and I have no idea what is in that room. I am pretty sure the rest of the government doesn’t either.”

“Well, should we go in?” I asked.

“No, I will alert the cops and FBI and they will take care of it,” the cop said.


“Turn on channel 5 news,” my mom says.

“We would like to thank Lana Carpenter and Jordan O’Connell for helping us find the missing books from the Library of Congress” the reporter said.

Sixth grader Jordan O’Connell, Central Middle School, Anne Arundel County, used what he learned at the Library of Congress to write this mystery.