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Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children --- those same lovable orphans that have entertained generations of young readers --- are still discovering new adventures after 60 years! Check out the 90 plus mystery reviews in our feature, accompanied by a word scramble, a challenging maze, and information on how THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES first began.

Imagine what it would be like to live in a railroad boxcar with just your brothers and sisters and no adults to help you or take care of you. Meet Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden --- the orphans known as the Boxcar Children --- who wind up living in an old red boxcar after their parents have died. Eventually the children's wealthy grandfather finds them and gives them a wonderful home, but their adventures don't stop there. They travel to all parts of the country, see exciting places, and become involved in strange and mysterious happenings --- sometimes right in their own backyard!

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES are sixty years old this year and they are celebrating with a brand new 60th Anniversary edition. Kidsreads is celebrating too, with a feature full of reviews, a biography of their originator, Gertrude Chandler Warner, and some games just for the fun of it.

Titles in Order of Publication:

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN
(The 60th Anniversary Edition)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner
illustrated by L. Kate Deal and Linda Fennimore
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN: 0807508489
Ages 7-12
169 Pages

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden are orphans. Determined to stay together after the death of their parents, the children set off on their own. When they discover an old, abandoned railroad car, they take shelter inside and soon make it into a cozy place to live. But eventually the children are discovered by their wealthy grandfather, who takes the kids --- along with their old, red boxcar --- into his heart and his home. Together with Grandfather, the Boxcar Children lead an exciting life, traveling to new places, meeting interesting people, and getting caught up in any number of fascinating adventures. Ghosts, disappearances, and weird spooky happenings are all part of the fun in the Boxcar Children series. Of course, there's always a mystery afoot for the Boxcar Children to solve --- and just in the nick of time, too!

#2 SURPRISE ISLAND
ISBN: 0807576735

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden no longer have to live in an abandoned boxcar. They've found a new home with their grandfather. And when school's out for summer, the kids get to spend vacation on their grandfather's private island. Guess who they find there? It's a surprise . . .

#3 THE YELLOW HOUSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807593664

The Alden kids explore a mysterious old yellow house on their grandfather's property. People say a man disappeared from there years ago. What will the Aldens discover?

#4 MYSTERY RANCH
ISBN: 0807553913

Yippee! The Aldens head out West to visit Aunt Jane, their grandfather's sister. Jane has a beautiful ranch, but she's very unhappy. In fact, she hasn't even spoken to the kids' grandfather and years. So, all summer Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny try to find the secret behind Aunt Jane's sadness.

#5 MIKE'S MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807551414

The Aldens are once again spending the summer on Mystery Ranch, this time with their grandfather. While they're out West, they meet up with their old friend Mike and the real fun begins. But when Mike is blamed for starting a fire, the kids put their heads together to prove Mike's innocence.

#6 BLUE BAY MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807507946

The Alden kids take a tropical vacation in the South Seas with their grandfather. They arrive on an island that's supposed to be uninhabited. But soon they discover Peter, a boy who has been shipwrecked there. Can the Alden's help Peter find his family?

#7 THE WOODSHED MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807592072

Summer's here again and Henry, Violet, Jessie and Benny are spending vacation time in an old New England farm house that belongs to a family friend. But, of course, there's never a dull moment as the kids find clues in the woodshed to a mystery that dates back to the Revolutionary War.

#8 THE LIGHTHOUSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807545465

The Aldens and their grandfather are spending the summer in a lighthouse. But who is the mysterious woman who walks the grounds at night? And who left a mysterious note in the sand?

#9 MOUNTAIN TOP MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807552933

Get your backpack and hiking gear ready --- the Alden kids are going mountain climbing. It's exciting and a little bit scary, for sure. And like they always do, the kids stumble onto a fascinating mystery that keeps them busy.

#10 SCHOOLHOUSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807572632

Summer in a New England fishing town should be filled with lots of fun in the sun. But when the Aldens are in town, there's bound to be some thrills, too. Henry, Jessie Violet and Benny try to figure out who is snooping around the village library and schoolhouse.

#11 CABOOSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807510092

The Alden kids used to live in an old boxcar, so they feel right at home when they take a train vacation with their grandfather. But what's mystery behind caboose number 777?

#12 HOUSEBOAT MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807534137

The Alden family rents a houseboat for the summer and sets sail to drift lazily down the river. But every new town along the way is more mysterious than the last. And what do they all have to do with a black car?

#13 SNOWBOUND MYSTERY
ISBN: 080757516X

When a snowstorm hits, the Aldens get more than a snow day --- they get a snowy mystery. Who could be making the weird markings on their closet door? And no one can explain the strange and creepy noises they hear during the night.

#14 TREE HOUSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807580872

From way up high in the tree house, the Alden kids can see everything --- including the mysterious goings-on at the old house next door.

#15 BICYCLE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807507091

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny pedal off on a bike trip. But on their first day, they run into rain and must take shelter in an abandoned farm house. What mysteries await them there?

#16 MYSTERY IN THE SAND
ISBN: 0807553727

Summer at the beach becomes super exciting when Benny finds a gold locket in the sand. Who could it belong to? And what does it have to do with lonely Miss Smith, who lives nearby?

#17 MYSTERY BEHIND THE WALL
ISBN: 0807553670

The Alden kids find a surprise behind the closet wall in the guest room --- it's an old journal written by a young girl. Before long, the girl's words are leading the Aldens on a mysterious treasure hunt for a coin collection.

#18 BUS STATION MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807509760

A bus trip to the Science and Hobby Fair sounds like fun, right? Unfortunately, a bad storm hits, and instead of heading to the Fair, the Aldens are stuck in the bus station. But there are plenty of mysteries to solve there --- which turns out to be even more fun than the planned trip.

#19 BENNY UNCOVERS A MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807506451

During summer vacation, Benny and Henry both get jobs at a local department store. When an expensive vase disappears and mysterious notes start appearing at the store, the manager suspects that the Alden boys are up to no good. How can Benny and Henry prove their innocence?

#20 THE HAUNTED CABIN MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807531782

The Alden kids travel down the Mississippi to stay with Cap Lambert, a family friend. But could Cap Lambert's river cabin be haunted?

#21 THE DESERTED LIBRARY MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807515604

When the kids learn that the old library is going to be torn down, they try to save it by cleaning it up and having it declared a landmark. But they discover the library is filled with more than books --- it holds its share of mysteries, too.

#22 THE ANIMAL SHELTER MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807503673

The Alden kids take action when they learn the Greenfield Animal Shelter is closing down. They offer to move all the abandoned animals to their boxcar where the kids will take care of them. But then they find out that most of the shelter's animals belong to one woman, and she's missing. Can they find her and reunite her with her animals?

#23 THE OLD HOTEL MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807559660

Aunt Jane and the Alden kids head to Florida to stay with Jane's friend who owns a hotel. Unfortunately, the hotel is pretty rundown. So, the kids pitch in to clean it up and put it back in business. Will they find a mystery along the way? You bet!

#24 THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN PAINTING
ISBN: 0807553794

While exploring the attic, the Alden kids find an old painting of a woman wearing a beautiful necklace. They learn that the painting is a portrait of their late grandmother. They also find out that the necklace has been missing for years. Will they be able to find it?

#25 THE AMUSEMENT PARK MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807503193

A visit to their cousins Joe and Alice is filled with ups and downs --- especially since Joe and Alice live near an amusement park! But between the rides, the games and the cotton candy, Henry, Jessie Violet and Benny find a mystery to solve.

#26 THE MYSTERY OF THE MIXED-UP ZOO
ISBN: 0807553859

Crazy things are happening at the zoo. Cages are being sabotaged, the electricity goes off and some of the animals are being kidnapped. Can the Alden kids find out who's behind all the weirdness?

#27 THE CAMP-OUT MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807510521

A camping trip with their grandfather starts out as a relaxing vacation, but things soon get exciting for the Alden kids. They hear strange music in the middle of the night and their lantern disappears. Hmmm. Another mystery to solve.

#28 THE MYSTERY GIRL
ISBN: 0807553719

The Aldens are working at the general store to help out their friend, Mr. Taylor. But when a mysterious girl who works at the store keeps snooping around, the kids suspect she might be a spy for the new shopping mall.

#29 THE MYSTERY CRUISE
ISBN: 0807553689

It's high adventure on the high seas when the Aldens take a Caribbean cruise. Once on board the ship, they meet a kindly professor with a mysterious problem. Can they help him solve it?

#30 THE DISAPPEARING FRIEND MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807516287

The Alden kids and their friend Beth decide to raise some money for the Greenfield Hospital. They start up the Boxcar Helpers --- offering to babysit, run errands and do odd jobs for people. But when Beth goes missing, the kids have to stop their fund raising and begin solving a mystery.

#31 THE MYSTERY OF THE SINGING GHOST
ISBN: 0807553980

The Boxcar Children decide to fix up the house in Greenfield before their cousins move in. But before long, mysterious things begin to happen, and they start to think the house is haunted.

#32 THE MYSTERY IN THE SNOW
ISBN: 080755393X

While on vacation in Snow Haven, the kids decide to compete in the annual winter carnival. They compete in skiing, skating and snow sculpture building. That is, until someone begins tampering with the events.

#33 THE PIZZA MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807565350

The Boxcar Children are helping their friends, the Piccolos, keep their pizzeria in business by coming up with all kinds of ideas for the restaurant. But before long they have reason to believe that someone is trying to put them out of business.

#34 THE MYSTERY HORSE
ISBN: 0807553395

The Boxcar Children are vacationing down on the farm. While learning how to drive a tractor and milk the cows, they begin to suspect someone is trying to steal a prized racehorse.

#35 THE MYSTERY AT THE DOG SHOW
ISBN: 0807553948

At Greenfield's first dog show, someone shaves a prize-winning poodle and releases a cat in the middle of the exhibitions. Can the Boxcar Children figure out whodunnit?

#36 THE CASTLE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807510793

While helping Grandfather's friend restore an old castle, the Boxcar Children become wrapped up in the mystery of the missing Stradivarius violin.

#37 THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST VILLAGE
ISBN: 0807554014

The Boxcar Children visit a Navajo reservation where they discover ancient artifacts from a lost Native American village. But the excitement doesn't last long. Soon, the artifacts turn up missing.

#38 THE MYSTERY OF THE PURPLE POOL
ISBN: 0807554081

When the Boxcar Children take a trip to New York City with Grandfather, something strange is going on in their hotel. Someone has switched the salt and sugar in the coffee shop, stolen from guests and dyed the swimming pool purple. Can the kids solve the mystery?

#39 THE GHOST SHIP MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807528552

During a trip to New England, it's up to the Boxcar Children to find out the truth about a mysterious disappearing and reappearing ship that sank off the coast years before.

#40 THE CANOE TRIP MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807510599

The Boxcar Children set off for a camping trip with Aunt Jane, despite warnings from a woman named Angela of wolves and bad weather. Soon the children are wrapped up in a mystery involving a riddle and hidden treasure.

 

#41 THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN BEACH
ISBN: 0807554049

The Boxcar Children are at Camp Coral in Key West, Florida with their new cousin, Soo Lee. While learning about the ocean, they discover that someone has destroyed a coral bed and they set out to investigate.

#42 THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING CAT
ISBN: 0807554065

The children are helping Mr. Woods look for his lost cat, Spotzie, but something is going on. A mysterious man is following kids and things get even more suspicious when they receive threatening phone calls.

#43 THE MYSTERY ON STAGE
ISBN: 0807554189

Someone is trying to sabotage the production of the Wizard of Oz the children are in by destroying costumes and making threatening phone calls.

#44 THE DINOSAUR MYSTERY
ISBN: 080751604X

Someone has stolen dinosaur bones from the museum! If the Alden children don't solve the mystery and find the thief, the exhibit may not open at all.

#45 THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN MUSIC
ISBN: 0807554162

The Boxcar Children can't wait to see the orchestra that has come to town. But when the performers' music is stolen, the Aldens chip in to help find it.

#46 THE CHOCOLATE SUNDAE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807511455

If the Boxcar Children don't find out why all kinds of strange things are happening at the ice cream parlor, the store may lose all its customers and go out of business.

#47 THE MYSTERY OF THE HOT AIR BALLOON
ISBN: 0807554200

The Boxcar Children help some balloonists get their business off the ground by organizing a rally. But they soon realize that someone is trying to sabotage the event!

#48 THE MYSTERY BOOKSTORE
ISBN: 0807554227

The Alden kids are helping clean up a friend's bookstore in New Orleans. They find all kinds of treasures around the store but then books start to disappear. Sounds like a mystery for the Boxcar Children.

#49 THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN BOXCAR
ISBN: 0807554243

With Founder's Day celebrations approaching, the Boxcar Children are getting the boxcar ready. That is, until it disappears --- with their dog, Watch, in it.

#50 THE MYSTERY IN THE CAVE
ISBN: 080755412X

While exploring Dragon's Mouth Cavern, the Boxcar Children meet some people who don't want them around. Who are they and why are they there? Will the Boxcar Children be able to solve the mystery?

 

#51 THE MYSTERY ON THE TRAIN
ISBN: 080755426X

The Boxcar Children are on a cross-country train ride to San Francisco with Aunt Jane when a young woman's portfolio is stolen. Will they be able to track down the valuable portfolio before the train reaches its destination?

#52 THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST MINE
ISBN: 0807554286

During a trip to the Arizona desert with their grandfather, the children hear the story of the Lost Dutchman Mine and set out to find lost gold.

#53 THE GUIDE DOG MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807530816

The Children visit a guide dog school where they meet Anna, a new student who is learning how to use her new dog, Ginger. But the children start to think that someone is after one of the dogs and soon Ginger is missing. The Boxcar Children are on the case.

#54 THE HURRICANE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807534374

The Boxcar Children take a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, where they find out that their grandfather's friend, Mrs. Ashleigh, is the descendant of pirates. They decide to hunt for the hidden treasure she tells them about, until they realize they may not be the only ones looking for it.

#55 THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET MESSAGE
ISBN: 0807554308

A secret message in a photograph tips the Boxcar Children off that someone is trying to sabotage the Winter Festival. Can they decode the message and save the festival?

#56 THE FIREHOUSE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807524484

The children try to save the historic firehouse that is being knocked down by the town council. But soon, strange things start happening. Is a blue notebook they find just the right clue to save the firehouse and solve the mystery?

#57 THE MYSTERY IN SAN FRANCISCO
ISBN: 0807554340

When the Boxcar Children take a trip to San Francisco, they realize that someone is trying to prevent their Uncle Andy from catching fish. The kids are soon investigating the strange happenings at the FIsherman's Wharf.

#58 THE MYSTERY AT THE ALAMO
ISBN: 0807554375

The Boxcar Children are on vacation in Texas, and when they get to the Alamo, they find a movie is being filmed there. After a priceless ring is stolen from the set, the children decide to investigate.

#59 THE OUTER SPACE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807554375

The Boxcar Children attend an astronomy convention with Grandfather where they meet Mark Jacobs. Mark tells them about a discovery he has made, but when his work is suddenly missing, the children go to work on the mystery.

#60 THE SOCCER MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807575275

Someone is sabotaging the summer soccer league the children are playing in. Can the Boxcar Children solve the mystery?

#61 THE GROWLING BEAR MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807530719

During a trip to Yellowstone, the Boxcar Children discover a map showing where gold is supposedly hidden. But when the kids try to search for the treasure, they encounter lots of interference.

#62 THE MYSTERY OF THE LAKE MONSTER
ISBN: 0807554421

On vacation at Lake Lucielle, the Boxcar Children hear stories about a monster that lives in the water. When the kids happen upon monster tracks, half-eaten oars and growling sounds, they become suspicious. Is someone playing jokes on them or is there really a monster?

#63 THE MYSTERY AT PEACOCK HALL
ISBN: 0807554456

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are determined to help their cousin Althea keep her home, Peacock Hall. While searching the house looking for the gold supposedly hidden there, they find even more mysteries to solve.

#64 THE BLACK PEARL MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807507849

The Boxcar Children are off to Hawaii to help their grandfather's cousin on her pineapple plantation. Soon, however, strange things begin to happen, and they hear people whispering about a mysterious black pearl.

#65 THE CEREAL BOX MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807511153

After coming across a robbery at an antiques store, the Boxcar Children decide to investigate. But then, someone breaks into their home and steals a box of Benny's favorite cereal. Who would want to do that?

#66 THE PANTHER MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807563285

A park ranger has been missing in Everglades National Park for two weeks. The Boxcar Children investigate, finding books and posters in his house that reveal an interest in Florida panthers. Could this be a clue?

#67 THE MYSTERY OF THE STOLEN SWORD
ISBN: 0807576239

At a family friend's orchard, the Boxcar Children search the premises for the ghost that's supposedly been seen there. But the ghost hunt is only a distraction --- the Aldens soon discover that valuable antiques are being stolen from their friend's house.

#68 THE BASKETBALL MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807505765

The biggest basketball stars in Greenfield, Buzz and Tipper Nettleton, are coaching the Boxcar Children's basketball team. But when Tipper's Most Valuable Player Trophy is missing, the Aldens use teamwork to solve the mystery.

#69: THE MOVIE STAR MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807553034

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny make friends with Tate, a young movie star who is staying in Greenfield. Tate's been having a lot of trouble on his movie sets and wants to hide until he can figure out who is trying to ruin his career. But someone leaks his secret and now the trouble has started again!

#70: THE MYSTERY OF THE PIRATE'S MAP
ISBN: 0807554545

At a seaside resort, Benny finds a piece of map that the Aldens believe will lead them to a pirate's treasure. While they try to unravel the mystery of the map, the whole resort decides to hunt for the buried gold. Will the Aldens be able to figure out the map and get to it first?

#71: THE GHOST TOWN MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807528587

The Boxcar Children's grandfather buys a ranch in the Rockies and they're told it comes complete with an abandoned town that's haunted! When the phone and electricity keep going out, the Aldens go to work to solve the mystery and uncover the identity of the ghost.

#72: THE MYSTERY IN THE MALL
ISBN: 0807531006

The children are excited about working at Hope Harbor Mall for their grandfather's friend, but they've barely begun before everything starts going wrong. Some of the other workers don't want the children around, and merchandise bound for their store, Penny's Emporium, is missing.

#73: THE GYMNASTICS MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807531006

Katya, a young Russian gymnast, stays with the Aldens while she practices for the big competition. But someone is trying to ruin Katya's chances for winning. The Boxcar Children want to help, but Katya seems to have something to hide, too. What could it be?

#74: THE POISON FROG MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807565865

The Boxcar Children think their zoo has some wonderful exhibits. But when someone begins stealing the rare animals, the children think the thief has to be a zoo worker. They set a clever trap with a beautiful but dangerous poison-arrow frog to outwit a thief with keys to all the cages.

#75: THE MYSTERY OF THE EMPTY SAFE
ISBN: 0807554626

The Alden children start a birthday party planning business. Everything is going fantastic until a series of robberies start happening during the parties. If the Boxcar Children are going to save their business, they've got to find out who is behind the robberies before it happens again.

#76: THE GREAT BICYCLE RACE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807530484

The Boxcar Children and Grandfather go camping and compete in a bicycle race. Right from the word "Go" things start happening that point to foul play: Road signs are moved, tents collapse, and Henry has three flat tires. Who is trying to keep the Aldens from finishing the race?

#77: THE MYSTERY OF THE WILD PONIES
ISBN: 0807554650

On vacation in North Carolina, the children promise their grandfather they won't get involved in a mystery. But then they hear a tale about a mysterious ghost horse, and that night Benny sees a mysterious stallion galloping down the beach. When things turn up missing, the Boxcar Children wonder who or what is wandering the dunes at night.

#78: THE MYSTERY IN THE COMPUTER GAME
ISBN: 0807554685

The Aldens get a chance to test their favorite computer game, Ringmaster II, before the designers release it to the public. But when they play, they find characters in the game who are talking about people and places in Greenfield! Is someone at the computer game company trying to send them a message?

#79: THE MYSTERY AT THE CROOKED HOUSE
ISBN: 0807554715

The Aldens learn that their housekeeper, Mrs. McGregor, has to sell her childhood home, the Crooked House, because she and her sister Madeline cannot afford to keep it. While visiting Mrs. McGregor, the Aldens learn about an unsolved riddle involving the house, and if they can solve it, there just might be a treasure that could save the day!

#80: THE HOCKEY MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807533432

The Boxcar Children are thrilled when hockey star Kevin Reynolds begins coaching a girls' hockey team in Greenfield and building a brand new skating rink nearby. But as soon as practice begins, equipment disappears and there are unexpected problems with the new rink. Can the children solve the mystery and help their new friend before it is too late?

#81: THE MYSTERY OF THE MIDNIGHT DOG
ISBN: 0807554758

The Aldens are visiting Grandfather's good friend, Mrs. Wade, in a small town called Elbow Bend. The town has many ghostly legends including a favorite tale about a ghost dog that howls at midnight. One night they hear dogs howling all over Elbow Bend and the children are determined to find out if it's just a trick or a warning of danger.

#82: THE SUMMER CAMP MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807554782

The Boxcar Children are at summer camp for a week of exciting activities, especially the annual camp Olympics. As soon as they arrive, everything begins to go wrong — they lose their luggage, the camp flag disappears and another team steals one of Jessie's ideas to score points for themselves. Are some campers so desperate to win the Olympics that they are willing to cheat?

#83: THE COPYCAT MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807512966

The Alden children take a trip back in time when their Aunt Jane surprises them with a visit to Wagner Farmhouse, an old Victorian house that has been turned into a museum. When strange things happen at the museum, the Aldens wonder if the ghost of Horace Wagner really haunts the house or if someone is trying to destroy the museum's chances for success?

#84: THE HAUNTED CLOCK TOWER MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807554847

The Boxcar Children are spending a weekend at Goldwin University for Grandfather's college reunion. They are immediately fascinated by the tall, mysterious clock tower that overshadows the campus. When they learn that a valuable secret from the past lies hidden somewhere at the school, they think the clock tower and it's mysterious lights might hold the key to discovering it.

#85: THE DISAPPEARING STAIRCASE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807554901

The Boxcar Children are helping to fix up the old Bugbee Mansion and auction off it's contents, but a lot of the contents seem to be missing. While exploring they discover hidden passageways and hear odd noises coming from the walls. Most intriguing of all is a secret staircase leading to a room that no one knew was there. Is there a thief lurking somewhere in the old mansion?

#86: THE MYSTERY ON BLIZZARD MOUNTAIN
ISBN: 0807554936

The Aldens help to map out a new trail on Blizzard Mountain where rumors tell of buried treasure. The children are enjoying their winter adventures until supplies go missing, strange noises are heard in the woods, and a member of their group disappears! It's obvious that someone is trying to chase the Aldens off the mountain. Is it a snowy ghost haunting the mountain, or is someone after the treasure?

#87: THE MYSTERY OF THE SPIDER'S CLUE
ISBN: 0807554960

The Alden's friend Sam gets a letter full of riddles from an eccentric millionaire. If Sam can solve the puzzle in time, he will inherit the millionaire’s money! But Sam isn’t the only one in town to receive a letter — and whoever solves the mystery first will win. Following the clues keeps leading them back to Sam and the children begin to wonder if the answer lies somewhere in Sam’s mysterious past.

#88: THE MSTERY OF THE MUMMY'S CURSE
ISBN: 0807555037

The Greenfield Museum is holding a special exhibit about ancient Egypt and the main attraction is a 4,000-year-old mummy. The Aldens are helping the museum curator set up the exhibit, but ever since the mummy arrived, nothing has gone right for the museum or its workers. Has the museum been struck by a curse from the spooky sarcophagus?

#89: THE MYSTERY OF THE STAR RUBY
ISBN: 0807555096

The Alden children have entered an annual gem-hunting competition at the Ruby Hollow Gem Mine. It’s not long before Jessie finds a fabulous ruby, but just when she’s about to win the contest her gem disappears! Now instead of digging for rocks, the Aldens are digging for clues. Who wants to win the contest so much that they would steal from the Boxcar Children?

#90: THE STUFFED BEAR MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555134

When the Aldens visit friends in Vermont, they're in for a treat — the annual Bear Jamboree, celebrating toy bears from all over the world! The Aldens soon encounter an unbearable mystery: a very rare and valuable bear has disappeared from the toy hospital. Now it's up to the children to track down the teddy thief!

#91: THE MYSTERY AT SKELETON POINT
ISBN: 0807555193

The Aldens agree to help Grandfather's friend fix up an old mansion called Skeleton Point. But they never expected what they would find on the grounds of this rundown estate. The mansion is filled with old skeletons belonging to its former owner, and townspeople have seen the skeletons walking through the house. Suddenly, the mansion's valuable statues begin to disappear and the Boxcar Children are up to their necks in another spooky mystery.

#92: THE TATTLETALE MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555258

The town of Greenfield is having an art contest to celebrate the work of local artists, and the Boxcar Children are right in the middle of things. They're getting to know the artists and the gallery owner and learning all about art. But a mysterious note makes them realize that not everything about the world of art is as it seems. Could the gallery be filled with stolen paintings or counterfeit art?

#93: THE COMIC BOOK MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555290

The Alden children are searching for a rare comic book of their favorite superhero, Captain Fantastic. They finally find the comic and something else, too --- a strange note inside, "signed" by the comic's creator. The Aldens realize the note is a fake. But when they start to investigate, the mysterious note is stolen! It looks like someone wants to sabotage a superhero. The Aldens will need their super powers of investigation to catch this comic book culprit!

#94: THE ICE CREAM MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555355

The owner of the Greenfield Ice Cream Barn has two new partners: her granddaughter Brianna and the horse Butterscotch. Benny is a frequent customer of the Ice Cream Wagon, which is run by Brianna with Butterscotch's help. But somebody is trying to shut down the Ice Cream Barn. Can the Aldens find the ice cream saboteur before the Ice Cream Barn is licked?

#95: THE MIDNIGHT MYSTERY
ISBN: 080755538X

The Boxcar children are attending an Invention Convention at the home of an eccentric artist known for her whimsical, wonderful, one-of-a-kind clocks. The clocks sound loudly at every hour, especially at midnight, when the children are treated to a hilarious concert of chirping, clanging, chiming and gonging. But the clocks aren't the only noise the kids hear at midnight. Someone or something is tapping in the night. Is this person or thing inventing trouble for the convention?

#96: THE MYSTERY IN THE FORTUNE COOKIE
ISBN: 0807555401

When the Aldens go to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant, Benny can't wait for his favorite part of the meal --- dessert. He loves breaking open the delicious fortune cookies and reading the messages inside. But when Benny opens his cookie, instead of a fortune, he finds a handwritten riddle. One cookie leads to another, and the Aldens soon realize they've bitten into another mystery. Who is leaving the Aldens the mysterious cookie clues, and why?

#97: THE RADIO MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555479

Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny are actors in a live mystery show being broadcast on an old-fashioned AM radio station. But that's not the only mystery the Boxcar children are part of --- it's starting to look like the radio station is haunted! Why would a ghost want to sabotage a radio show? Can the Aldens save the radio station before its listeners are scared away?

#98: THE MYSTERY OF THE RUNAWAY GHOST
ISBN: 0807555517

When the Aldens visit their friend Fran in Wisconsin, they can't wait to hear her tell the story of the runaway ghost. Fran's family ghost hasn't been spotted in years, but the Aldens still shiver at the spooky tale of the ghost's bell clanging after dark. Then Violet hears a mysterious ringing in the middle of the night and the children start to wonder --- could the runaway ghost be back?

#99: THE FINDERS KEEPERS MYSTERY
ISBN: 0807555495

The Alden's neighbor, Lina, thinks there's treasure hidden in her attic and she wants the Boxcar Children to help her find it. Of course, the children are eager to help search --- but it appears they aren't the only ones looking for the treasure. Can the Boxcar Children discover the treasure in the attic before someone else finds it first?

#100: THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED BOXCAR
ISBN: 0807555541

The Aldens' boxcar is the perfect place for games, picnics, sleepovers, and fun. But is it also the perfect place for ghosts? When strange things start happening there, Benny is convinced that the boxcar is haunted. Will the Boxcar Children be able to scare away the ghost...or is it good-bye to their boxcar?

#101: THE CLUE IN THE CORN MAZE
ISBN: 0807555576

The Aldens find themselves right in the middle of an Iowa cornfield and a brand-new mystery! The farm where the children are visiting is famous for its wonderful corn maze, and every year visitors come to walk through the maze and enjoy the Corn King Days festival. But the maze is being vandalized at night, and the festival is in danger of being shut down. Can the children catch the culprit and save the festival?

#102: THE GHOST OF THE CHATTERING BONES
ISBN: 0807508748

The Alden children knew they would be investigating a mystery at Eton Place, but they had no idea there would be a ghost there, too! An old family friend, Norah Eton, believes there is a valuable piece of jewelry hidden somewhere on her property, but she only has one small clue to help the Aldens find it. Will they be able to find the treasure, or will the ghost of the Chattering Bones scare them away first?

#103: THE SWORD OF THE SILVER KNIGHT
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
ISBN: 0807508764

A Medieval Fair has come to town, and the Aldens get grandfather's permission to volunteer their time. Benny becomes a page to the Silver Knight, a top suspect when the valuable antique sword used in the fair goes missing. But the pompous King Richard, who tends to forget that he's an actor and not a real king, seems to think the sword belongs to him. And the beautiful Princess Annabel may also have something to hide. Can the Boxcar Children find the sword and solve the mystery before the fair moves on to Silver City?

#104: THE GAME STORE MYSTERY
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
ISBN: 0807527394

When a new store called the Game Spot opens in their town, the Aldens are thrilled. But it's not fun and games when the other stores at Crossroads mall are robbed. What's more, letters are disappearing from the sign in front of the shopping center! It all seems to spell a new mystery for the Boxcar Children...

#105: THE MYSTERY OF THE ORPHAN
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807555592
ISBN-13: 9780807555590
Ages 7-12

The Aldens visit an old Kansas inn that's full of secrets! Nobody knows why a famous photographer visited the inn just to take a single picture. And what about the other legendary guest --- a heroic young stranger who'd come west on an "orphan train?" The children discover a long-lost riddle that just might solve all these mysteries --- if only they can solve it!

#106: THE VANISHING PASSENGER
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 080751067X
ISBN-13: 9780807510674
Ages 7-12

The famous mystery writer, Gilbert Finch, is coming to Greenfield to speak at the library, and the Aldens can't wait to meet him. When they go with Grandfather to pick Finch up at the train station, he is nowhere to be found. Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny need to solve this mystery quickly. Otherwise, Finch's archrival, Daniel VanBuren, will speak at the library instead of Finch!

#107: THE GIANT YO-YO MYSTERY
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807508799
ISBN-13: 9780807508794
Ages 7-12

The Aldens are helping one of Grandfather's friends break a world record by building the world's largest yo-yo! As they help with the project, strange things begin to happen. First someone follows them, and then the plans for the yo-yo turn up missing. Someone is trying to sabotage the yo-yo before it's launched!

It seems there are a few people in Greenfield who don't want this yo-yo completed. The Boxcar Children will piece the evidence together to get to the bottom of this mystery.

#108: THE CREATURE IN OGOPOGO LAKE
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807513377
ISBN-13: 9780807513378
Ages 7-12

The Aldens are visiting Grandfather's friend, Amy, at the Ogopogo Retreat in Canada. Amy rents cabins to tourists who hope to see the mysterious underwater creature, the Ogopogo, swimming in the lake. Henry, Jesse, Violet and Benny can't wait to try to spot the Ogopogo from their cabin.

Amy tells the children about a riddle that an old friend left for her in one of the cabins that could lead to a small treasure. The children need to find the treasure, and fast --- otherwise, Amy will have to sell the retreat. As the riddle starts to unfold, strange things start to happen around the lake. Something is moving around in the water late at night, and someone doesn't want the Aldens helping Amy. Will the Boxcar Children crack the riddle before it's too late?

#109: THE ROCK 'N' ROLL MYSTERY
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807570907
ISBN-13: 9780807570906
Ages 7-12

The entire town is excited about the summer music festival --- especially the Aldens, who have been asked to help with the show. The largest attraction this year will be the popular Greenfield Four. A big-time music producer is going to be in the crowd to catch the show, and Greenfield residents hope their favorite local group will be famous soon.

The day before the show, The Greenfield Four arrive at the rehearsal hall to find all of their instruments missing! The band insists that they won't play without them, and now it's up to the Boxcar Children to find the instruments before the show. Who would want to sabotage the band's big show? Does someone want to steal the Greenfield Four's spotlight, or is the theft an act of revenge? The Aldens are on the case in this music festival mystery.

#110: THE SECRET OF THE MASK
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807555657
ISBN-13: 9780807555651
Ages 7-12

The Aldens are preparing for a yard sale when they find an old wooden mask in the trash behind a neighbor's house. Violet notices that the mask looks like a Native American mask that she had read about. When the children go to the library to learn more about the mask, they discover that they have found an old Native American mask from the Hopi tribe. When the children learn there will be an Intertribal Pow-Wow at the park over the weekend, they plan to deliver the mask to its rightful owners.

But Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny soon find out that they're not the only people interested in the history of the old wooden mask. A strange man is following them around, and an antique dealer is looking for more than her fair share at the Boxcar yard sale. When the mask is stolen from their garage, the Aldens vow to find it before the weekend Pow-Wow. But with such little evidence, will they be able to find the mask in time?

#111: THE SEATTLE PUZZLE
by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Albert Whitman and Co
ISBN-10: 0807555606
ISBN-13: 9780807555606
Ages 7-12

The Aldens are on vacation in Seattle! They're ready to explore the city, and one of Grandfather's friends is going to give them a personal tour. On their first day of sightseeing, they start the day at the Hungry Heart Diner where a mystery falls right into their laps! Benny finds a riddle taped to the bottom of their table. What does the riddle mean, and where will it take them?

When the first riddle leads the children to another riddle, the Boxcar Children begin to wonder how this Seattle puzzle came to them. As each riddle brings the children to a new part of Seattle, the children try to piece the clues together. Who is planting the riddles, and what will happen if they can't crack the next one? Where will the final riddle lead them?


THE BOXCAR CHILDREN SPECIALS:

  • Special #1, THE MYSTERY ON THE ICE
  • Special #2, THE MYSTERY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  • Special #3, THE MYSTERY AT SNOWFLAKE INN
  • Special #4, THE MYSTERY AT THE BALLPARK
  • Special #5, THE PILGRIM VILLAGE MYSTERY
  • Special #6, THE MYSTERY AT THE FAIR
  • Special #7, THE PET SHOP MYSTERY
  • Special #8, THE NIAGARA FALLS MYSTERY
  • Special #9, THE MYSTERY IN THE OLD ATTIC
  • Special #10, THE WINDY CITY MYSTERY
  • Special #11, THE MYSTERY OF THE QUEEN'S JEWELS
  • Special #12, THE MYSTERY OF THE BLACK RAVEN
  • Special #13, THE MYSTERY IN NEW YORK
  • Special #14, THE HOME RUN MYSTERY
  • Special #15, THE HONEYBEE MYSTERY
  • Special #16, THE MYSTERY OF THE SCREECH OWL
  • Special #17, THE MYSTERY OF THE TIGER'S EYE
  • Special #18, THE CANDY FACTORY MYSTERY
  • Special #19, THE MYSTERY OF ALLIGATOR SWAMP
  • Special #20, THE GREAT SHARK MYSTERY
  • Special #21, THE BLACK WIDOW SPIDER MYSTERY

Reviewed by Ann L. Bruns

Boxcar Children

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