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Children's LiteratureIn a reissue of a book originally published in 1951, Trixie Belden partners with her wealthy friend, Honey, to investigate why a valuable diamond has been left half buried in the dirt floor of the abandoned gatehouse of Honey's family mansion. The protagonists of this book are mostly in their early teens, although teenagers of today would probably have a hard time identifying with them. The plot is weak and far from compelling with stock characters that are one dimensional, and sometimes not even particularly likeable. Most of the plot development occurs through incessant, trite dialogue that is generally just as dated as the book itself. The mood is never particularly mysterious, making it difficult to care very much about why the diamond has appeared in the gatehouse. The illustrations fit well with the book but will appear strange and outmoded to modern eyes, with the exception of the cover art, which is apparently new for this edition. With so many better books available, it is difficult to imagine why any reader would choose this book, or bother to finish reading it if anything else was available. This book is in the "Trixie Belden" series. 2003 (orig. 1951), Random House, Ages 8 to 12.
— Leslie Rounds