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Benny's curiosity, while staying in a fishing village, leads to capturing a swindler.

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.



David Cunningham is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of David Cunningham include: The Memory Box, Caboose Mystery (Boxcar Children), A Crow's Journey.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boxcar Children Mysteries (Book 10)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807572632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807572634
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner. Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John. From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author. She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift. Today, Ms. Warner is best remembered as the author of The Boxcar Children Mysteries.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anna M. Ligtenberg VINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
ISBN 0807572632 - I find myself amazed that I, childhood (and lifelong) fan of the Bobbsey Twins, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Hardy Boys and others... I somehow missed the Boxcar Children until now. Don't let this happen to you!

In Schoolhouse Mystery, Benny is challenged by his friend Max to visit a dull, boring fishing town and find something, anything, in the way of adventure there. The Alden children and their grandfather do just that, with a little help. Between making friends and teaching at the local schoolhouse, the children notice a suspicious man who is hailed by the people in the town as something of a hero, offering money and gifts in exchange for very old things they believe are junk. The Aldens set out to find out what he's up to and who he is before he - and they - leave town!

I didn't like the illustrations in this book at all. I realize the book is copyrighted 1965, but they're selling it in 2005 and it would be nice if the illustrations were updated to make them a bit more attractive. I did have some trouble with the ages of the kids - one is old enough to drive but they all seem to speak like very young kids - and the "Boxcar Children" is a misnomer by this book, #10, as they are already out of the boxcar and living with the grandfather. But that's nit-picking. The fact is, kids won't care about anything but the fact that it's a good book and a fun series.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jiffy on November 12, 2013
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This is an excellent mystery for children in the middle grades. The Boxcar Children--Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden--and their grandfather were challenged by a friend to find something exciting about a quiet fishing village that they decided to visit. They found plenty. Their adventures in Port Elizabeth involved a crook who was buying antiques at low prices from people who had no idea of their value, a wealthy recluse who never left her house, and a group of children who were eager to learn but whose school was closed because they couldn't keep teachers. The Alden children got permission to open the schoolhouse and teach a summer school, and as a former teacher, I can tell you they did very well. I think any child would enjoy this story, and the children's enthusiasm for education sets an excellent example. I would definitely recommend this book.
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The Alden children and their grandfather visit Port Elizabeth, a small fishing village, and while there find out the children rarely attend school. Instead of attending school, they work in the sardine factory to assist their families with necessary income. So with the permission of Miss Elizabeth Gray who owns the schoolhouse, the Alden children help the village children to learn to read and basically attend school while they visited the village.

The mystery surrounds a man named Mr. Willet who buys antiques from the villagers. He hides the ones he buys in the school house before reselling them to store owners and museums. Due to the detective work by the Alden children and their grandfather, they catch Mr. Willet unfairly buying the antiques at a low price and the items are returned to their rightful owners to be purchased at a fair price by collectors.

Once again a mystery of the missing items is solved and Gertrude Chandler Warner has completed another story for children filled with dialogue and descriptive passages. She gives us a glimpse of life in a small fishing village and helps the reader compare their life to the ones of the village children. Ms. Warner always seems to add some learning situations in her books.

*I received a copy of this book to review - all opinions are my own*
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A Kid's Review on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am 8 years old and I have read at least 40 of the Boxcar Children books. In this book,the Alden children encounter a thief who cheats people out of there old,rare artifacts for 10 dollars. My favorite characters are Violet and Benny. My favorite part of the book is when the Alden children are allowed to teach school in the schoolhouse. Over all,this is one of my favorite books in the series and I think you will like it too.
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By Michelle Gale on May 2, 2014
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This book has a great mystery and I just couldn't stop reading it!!!
If you like a good mystery read this!!!
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By Komono no no on March 10, 2014
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l liked the book and I only go t bored a few times. this series of books is great. :) :) :) :) :D:D
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It is a fun little story. Great for all ages. We used it to read to our little girl for her bed time story. Highly recommend.
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I love this book. The Boxcar Children Mystery's are my favorite books. I gave this book a four star rating because once I started reading it, I felt drawn to it. I was excited to read it during the day and this book made reading fun for me. That is why I gave The Boxcar Children Mystery #10 a four star rating.
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