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The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #8)

The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #8)

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by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Strange things happen when the Alden children spend the summer in a lighthouse on the New England coast.


Strange things happen when the Alden children spend the summer in a lighthouse on the New England coast.

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Children's Literature - Enid J. Portnoy
Perhaps young readers will have an exciting beach adventure which includes an exploration of a lighthouse, but if not, this is the perfect introduction to the scene, with those residents who work and care for both land and sea surrounding it. The lighthouse is a focal point for this story from the popular series "The Boxcar Children" which has been around for quite some time. Once a reader becomes hooked on interesting stories in the series there are many books to acquire. Imagine every grandchild's delight in going on a car trip with a grandfather and coming upon a lighthouse for sale! It seems too difficult to try to buy one, but given a chance to rent it for a few days might be a good example to see what life is like. A family's adventure begins this way with Warner introducing colorful and friendly people who introduce the family to their village community. They participate in a Village Picnic and gather wood and articles washed up on the beach to make simple chairs. They learn how to cook homegrown food and gather fresh water to drink and make their own plates from cement and other items. At night they sit around their wood fires on the beach and listen to stories about long ago ships and unexplained mysteries on land and sea. The best part of the family's vacation is to have grandfather and their dog with the children all together, having new experiences in a new place. The children are invited to help cook some of the food and learn to wash their plates in the sea. A resident explains how people conduct experiments to turn seaweed into food that can help feed people all over the world. Suddenly unexpected weather delays family plans to drive home. They are faced with problems to solve along with village residents. Much later everyone realizes they will always carry good memories of their surprise lighthouse adventure, and have in their pockets some beautiful shells as a reminder. The text is a short one, with simple plot and vocabulary that move the action along. Another BoxCar Children's mystery has been solved! Reviewer: Enid J. Portnoy

Product Details

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Publication date:
Boxcar Children Series, #8
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

The Boxcar Children Series was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, when she realized that there were few, if any, books for children that were both easy and fun to read. She drew on her own experiences in writing the mysteries. As a child, she had spent hours watching trains near her home, and often dreamed about what it would be like to live in a caboose or freight car. In each story, she chose a special setting and introduced unpredictable, unusual or eccentric characters, to help highlight the Aldens’ independence and resourcefulness. Miss Warner lived in Putnam, Massachusetts until her death in 1979.

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