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The Indian Burial Ground Mystery (Trixie Belden) Hardcover – February 1, 1986
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Summer is starting, and fourteen-year-old Trixie Belden is excited about the archeological dig that is going to happen on her neighbor Honey’s property. Professor Conroy has determined that there is an Indian burial ground there, and he has agreed to let the Bob-Whites, Trixie and her friends, help out. To Trixie, it looks like a mystery with each artifact they find being a new clue to the lives of the Indians who lived in the region centuries ago.
The one flaw in her summer plans is Charles, the student leader of the dig. While warming up to Trixie’s older brother Brian, he is rude to Trixie. Trixie knows he is up to something, but Brian won’t listen. Can Trixie figure it all out?
If you have missed this series, it is a mystery series for kids along the lines of Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. Early in the series, the characters are real and complex. By the time we’ve reached these last few books, they are more caricatures of themselves than real characters. That’s very obvious here were Trixie and Brian’s interactions feel more like plot points than the brother/sister relationship we see early on. Heck, they completely write out Honey’s adopted brother, Jim, for the book, although the rest of the Bob-Whites at least get a few appearances.
Then there’s the plot. It’s fairly obvious who the villain is early on. There are a few complications that keep it from being completely obvious what exactly is happening, and those complications make it fun, but the end isn’t really a surprise. Oh, and there is no way the adults would go along with the ending either, at least the adults in the earlier books in the series.
And yet I have a very hard time hating a Trixie Belden book. Oh, there are a couple I really can’t stand, but it is always fun spending time with these characters even when they aren’t at their best. I’ve spent so much time with them over the years, too. It does help that I first read this book not too long after reading the rest of the series. Friends I know who read this book first as an adult years after completing the rest of the series hate it because it is so different than the earlier, better books. But to me, it is only an average entry.
So I do recommend The Indian Burial Ground Mystery for fans of the series. It’s not the best in the series, but it is fun. Just take your time tracking it down and wait until you find a reasonably priced copy.