Monday, April 8, 2013
Book Review - Book Review - Boxcar Children: Schoolhouse Mystery
Benny's curiosity, while staying in a fishing village, leads to capturing a swindler.
My Take on the Book
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.
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