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The Bus Station Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #18) Paperback – January 1, 1991
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This 1974 entry into the long running Boxcar Children series of mysteries was one of the last to be written by the series originator, Gertrude Chandler Warner, who had begun the series in the 1940's with the idea of combining simple vocabulary with high interest plots aimed at beginning readers. Her idea and characters were a great success and have been enjoyed by generations of young readers since. The mysteries involved are slight, the characterizations do not go into depth and the solutions are simplistic to a sophisticated reader but to the target audience of beginning readers they are thrilling. The cliff hanging style of writing keeps them turning page after page to see what is next until they reach the end of these chapter books.
I've noted that some reviewers consider the language pattern in the original books difficult....it's the pattern that was correct for the time period....and for good readers that's not a problem. Others consider the mysteries "contrived". These were books written by an elementary school teacher for children. I read the entire series to my daughters when they were small. We read them before bedtime, while waiting for appointments, and on trips. The plea was always..."Just one more chapter." Later, as independent readers the girls reread them many times. I still have the original 19 in hardback and have begun purchasing additional sets for my grandchildren.
My chief regret is that the original 19 books are not available in hard back form.
I wish I could say that the books that followed, written by other authors in the 1990s, were as good. My daughters, after reading a few, announced there was little of interest to them...they "just weren't written as well". They also didn't find much positive to say for the more "contemporary settings".
One day Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny take the bus to a science and hobby fair in Oakdale. While they wait at the bus station, they meet two strange boys, and the bus station owner, Frank. The owner of a paint factory, across from Frank's house, is hurting the river and wants to destroy Frank's house to turn it into a parking lot! What will they do!
Almost every time I read a chapter, I would end up reading two! It was a very exciting book (at least to me). It was also kind of like Scooby Doo.
The main message of the book, was probably that you should help your environment and to not pollute.' cause It's bad for you and nature!
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It is a Quick read and a nice story line . Always a pleasure to read box car children books.Published 16 months ago by Priya
this book is supper duper!!!it was so great!my child loved it! so did I!amazing,awesome,I had to finish it in one day!!!Published 17 months ago by MV
I liked how it was resolved but it wasn't really a mystery it was more of an argument that they did not know about until they solved it.Published 18 months ago by Mary E. Powley