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Houseboat Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #12) Paperback – January 1, 1990

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Floating down a lazy river, Benny finds a blackmail scheme in progress.

About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 in Putnam, Connecticut, where she taught school and wrote The Boxcar Children because she had often imagined how delightful it would be to live in a caboose or freight car. Encouraged by its success, she went on to write eighteen more stories about the Alden Children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boxcar Children (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807534137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807534137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Boxcar Children Mysteries are a favorite of children 8 years to 12 years, and older. The children who read the adventures, get so involved, they can hardly wait to get back to the library, to check out the many other volumes. There is no offensive language or suggestions in these books. Just pure adventure and fun for the kids. Written like it was from the 50's. Good for gifts.
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My grandchildren love the "Boxcar Children" books. It is nice to have a reliable series of books that you can depend upon to entertain and create a desire in children to read books. I found that the children actually looked forward to receiving a new book in the series.
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The Houseboat Mystery was the first book that I read in The Boxcar Children Mysteries series. I began reading these books when I was nine and continued to do so throughout my fourth grade year. These are excellent books for children in this age group. Boys and girls alike should enjoy them. I'm twenty five now and can still remember these fascinating stories. I remember that after I had read all of the books in this series that my school library had to offer, I was stuck on mystery books. I read mystery titles from other authors that my library had in stock, but none compared to these. I wish that I could thank the author personally.
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I love the boxcar children series as it teaches about family, friends, teamwork, and making the best of all that comes our way in life. SHipping was very timely, the book was in great shape, and I appreciate the honesty of the seller.
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This is the first Boxcar Children book I read back in the mid 70's. It has always been my favorite of the original 19 by Gertrude Chandler Warner. My mother had brought home the original book (The Boxcar Children), and I wouldn't read it. I found this title in the school library. It was the houseboat that had me intrigued. After reading that book I had to read all of the original books. I am now 46 years old and own the original 19 and have re-read them many times.
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We purchased this to continue to complete our BC Mysteries collection. Even though the books were written decades ago, our family loves the simplicity of the adventures that are described in the book. They can't wait to solve the mystery before the characters!
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I have to rate the first "big" book I ever read as five stars. I read it twice too. My reading comprehension was still developing. : )
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Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are taking a trip downriver in a houseboat! But along the way, many mysterious things happen. The Aldens have solved mysteries before, but can they sove this one? I would recommend this book for kids ages 5-14.
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