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The Yellow House Mystery (The Boxcar Children, No. 3) Paperback – January 1, 1989

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The spooky old house on Surprise Island intrigues Benny.

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: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 440L (What's this?)
  • Series: Boxcar Children (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807593664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807593660
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,555 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this third entry in the Boxcar Children series the Alden children (Henry 16, Jessie 14, Violet 12 and Benny 7), ask their grandfather about the mysterious yellow house on their island. He tells them a story about the long missing Bill McGregor, husband of the family housekeeper. The children and their cousin Joe and his new bride Alice decide to locate the missing man when they uncover an overlooked clue to his whereabouts. The six set out to Maine following the clue and along the way have many adventures.

This book was originally written in 1953 by a teacher who combined a basic vocabulary and exciting storyline in order to entice young readers. Her formula was and is a great success. To an adult the mysteries involved are rather simplistic, the situations more than a little unrealistic and the characters quite wooden but to the children the stories are written for these are exciting stories with thrilling adventures around every twist and turn. Just the thing to get a reluctant reader inspired to read for fun.

In the early sixties one of my teachers kept our 5th grade class entralled by reading to us the last few minutes of each day. The Boxcar Children were always a popular choice, the short cliffhanger style chapters kept us anxiously waiting for the next reading and stirred up more than a few schoolyard discussions on what might happen next. It inspired me to go canoe camping in the northwoods years later and share that adventure and The Boxcar Children with my children.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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When I was a child, I had a very hard time concentrating on reading. That was untill my mom entroduced me to the Box car children. I have never forgotten about those kids. It is my favorite child hood story. I always wished that I had have my own box car to go to. I think it the best fantasy land any child could ever enter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on March 1, 2012
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Reason for Reading: This is part of my Random Bookshelf Reading project. I'm also working on re-reading this series and collecting the first 19.

Yellow House follows the established pattern of the first two books and yet also branches out a bit. The children go back to Surprise Island and end up on an adventure that has them roughing it and living outdoors, camping, canoeing and taking care of themselves, as usual. The children are a bit older this time with both Henry and Jessie in high school, Violet 12 and Benny 7, making the book suitable for a wide range of ages at the time it was written. The new character picked up in the last book joins in as an important member of the cast of characters. Yellow House is the first time the series really brings us a mystery, as the first two really only dealt with mysterious people, whose identities the children figured out by the end of the book, though others knew the secret. This time somewhat in the same vein but still different we have a missing persons case and the children find clues and search out the long lost person. For an adult the mystery is weak and unbelievable but as a first introduction to the genre it is a fun romp and I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying myself with the read. The amiable, well-mannered children of yester-year who love to play outside are a breath of fresh air themselves. Both my boys enjoyed these books so I know they are still appealing to today's kids and I think it's because of the freedom the Alden children have to wander far and wide in the outdoors with minimum adult supervision; something virtually unknown to this generation in today's modern world. This book also brings about the first time the children refer to themselves as the "Boxcar Children". The book concludes with another addition to the Alden family household and I think we probably have our full cast of regular characters set for further novels. A strong book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katt978 on March 17, 2010
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I read this series as a child and now I'm working on collecting them for my daughter. These books are wholesome and well written. I am looking forward to sharing them with my child!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on January 22, 2011
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WOOOOOOOOW such a good book I can't wait to read the next one and the next and so on ........i am speechless it was so great
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Great Series!! I purchased Books 1-4, for an 8-year old...she absolutely loves them. She enjoys reading regardless; however, since she is required to read 30-minutes every night for school, the chapter books come in very handy. More often than not, she reads beyond her 30-minutes, because she wants to finish a certain chapter, and on a few occasions, she has completed the entire book before going to bed. The stories are great, fun, interesting, the illustrations are okay. She looks forward to following the main characters throughout the different series. Highly recommend the books, and will definitely be purchasing additional series. The Yellow House Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries #3
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This series looks like something an adventurous child should relish, which is why I purchased it for my 7 year old granddaughter, who loves to read at night before she goes to sleep. I'm hoping these mysteries whet her appetite for adventure and excitement, and provide some good old fashioned entertainment. The Nancy Drew mysteries did that for me when I was a girl. There wasn't much of this sort of story around when I was a girl, many MANY moons ago. Somehow, I missed these, but may read them after their initial reader has finished with them. Perhaps her mother will, too.
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