"Delightful fun for budding mystery fans"-Kirkus

"...the One and Onlys seem primed to become a popular trio among readers who enjoy an old-fashioned whodunit." -Publishers Weekly


Something Mysterious

Knopf Books for Young Readers
About Me

When I'm not teaching high school English and History, I like  playing ping-pong, solving mysteries, and rooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, I now live with my family in Portland, Oregon. Finally, Something Mysterious is my debut novel.

Praise for Finally, Something Mysterious

 “Cornett has a lot of fun with this adventure...Most importantly, he plays fair with the clues throughout, allowing astute readers to potentially solve the case ahead of the trio. The tone and mystery are perfect for younger readers who want to test their detective skills but are put off by anything scary or gory...Delightful fun for budding mystery fans.” -Kirkus

"The One and Onlys seem primed to become a popular trio among readers who enjoy an old-fashioned whodunit." - Publishers Weekly

“The perfect mix of hilarious and heartwarming—kids won’t be able to get enough of Paul and his friends’ Bellwood adventures.”—Elsie Chapman, author of All the Ways Home

"A diverting mystery with clever misdirection that will  keep readers guessing until the end." -The Bulletin

"...a fun, wholesome and imaginative mystery for middle graders." -Author Elizabeth Doyle Carey for Kidlit Review

"...a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced, puzzling tale that had me speculating (and chuckling) until the very end...an extremely enjoyable, clever read that was more fun than a barrel of monkeys...or rubber duckies." -@bandofmgbooks

"A trio of friends crack the case in this feel-good middle grade debut...the quirkiness of the premise and the light, punny humor give the narrative its momentum." -Booklist

Events and Appeareances
Reading at Literary Arts in Portland, OR (with Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy )

Thursday 4/18/19 @7pm

925 SW Washington St.

Portland, OR

Finally, Something Mysterious Book Launch at Green Bean Books

Saturday 4/18/20 @1pm

1600 NE Alberta St.

Portland, OR


Reading and Signing at Dickens Children's Books

Saturday 5/9/20 @12pm

1911 Main St.

Vancouver, WA


Reading and Signing at The Learned Owl Bookstore

Saturday 6/27/20 @1pm

204 North Main Street

Hudson, OH