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The Boxcar Children #5: Mike's Mystery Unknown Binding – 1990

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The Alden children are on another summer trip out west, and they're thrilled to find their friend Mike lives in the bustling new town near Mystery Ranch.

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Name inked On Fep, Dark Pages edition (1990)
  • ASIN: B002JBPD32
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

More About the Author

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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Format: Kindle Edition
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I am collecting the first original 19 books of this series.

Mike's Mystery could probably be said to have the first full blown mystery for the children to solve. All the previous books "mystery" was simply finding out the identity of mysterious strangers but this time we have a crime: arson, a witness: Mike's dog, and a couple of clues: a blue hat and a picture in a newspaper. We get a sense of real detecting going on for the children now. Mike's Mystery is also the first time that a book in this series is dependant on another in the series. This one is a direct sequel to book #4, Mystery Ranch, and will be enjoyed much better having read them in order. Also, one of the main characters returns from book #2, Surprise Island, and again this benefits readers who have read the books in order, otherwise many references to previous exploits will by lost upon them. The series is shaping up at this point into an ongoing adhesive collection, rather than just individual stories.

This story is typical fare for the series, much better than the last book and fun to see a proper mystery unravelling for the children this time. Exactly one year has passed since the last events happened and the Aldens return to the Mystery Ranch to find many changes have been made over the school year. A large cast of characters this time, though the majority of them have already been met in the past books so nobody new to really get to know. Benny and his friend Mike shine as the major characters in this book, even though everything is still much a group effort for the Alden children, focus is allowed to drift more often towards the littlest brother. A satisfying entry in the series.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I chose the rating I did because I love this book .I loved this book. It is a wonderful book . I will love it forever!!!!!!!
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By Lois Martin on February 17, 2013
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
This series brings a smile to my face. Reminds me of my childhood. The teacher reading these books to us.
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By lsr53 on April 20, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I like that it's a hardback.
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