Mike's Mystery

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The Alden children are visiting Aunt Jane when a nearby house burns down. Their friend Mike is blamed for starting the fire! Can the Aldens help find the real criminal?
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Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #5)

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The Alden children are visiting Aunt Jane when a nearby house burns down. Their friend Mike is blamed for starting the fire! Can the Aldens help find the real criminal?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
The Alden children solve a mystery involving a man in a blue hat during their trip to Mystery Ranch to see Aunt Jane, clearing the name of an old friend. Adapted from the original chapter book series by Gertrude Chandler Warner, this title is the fifth in a series of graphic novels featuring the popular orphans. When the siblings set out to investigate the new town that has sprung up near the mine they discovered in a previous story, they encounter Mike, also a character from a previous book. Later, he is accused of burning down his own house. The Alden kids know he didn't do it, and they follow the clues until they discover the real culprit. While the fast pace of this format may appeal to children who may not be ready to read the original novels, condensing a detailed mystery plot into less than 32 pages results in a compromised story line. Because so much information is stripped away to accommodate the format, readers have no way of solving the mystery on their own, and often have to make rather large leaps in logic to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. The dated nature of the original "Boxcar Children" series doesn't translate well to the modern graphic novel format, with mining towns, pie shops, and traveling by train all key parts of the tale. A single page at the end of the book discusses Warner and her contribution to children's literature. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613752821
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Boxcar Children Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Rosy

    It looks good to me

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    I liked it

    I liked reading this book very much. It was interesting & had good characters. You should try this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Ausome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is so good i like it!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Mike's Mystery

    ISBN 0807551414 - The Boxcar Children series became a quick favorite for me when I discovered them - decades after their first publication! The language is a bit stilted, I assume that's partially because the books were written in the 1950s and 1960s and people simply spoke more correctly. The children return to the ranch they own to visit Aunt Jane and see all the changes that have taken place in the past year. The first person they run into is Mike Wood, a boy they met on Surprise Island. Benny and Mike immediately take to bickering with one another again, but they're all on the same side when Mike's house is burned to the ground. It appears to be arson and a rumor starts that Mike was the cause of the fire, but the children know better - and they want to catch the man who did it before he causes even more destruction. It's nice to see that the author has connected two previous books (Surprise Island (Boxcar Children) and Mystery Ranch (Boxcar Children)) to this one, for the continuity and because kids will enjoy recognizing characters beyond the Alden children. Illustrations by Dirk Gringhuis are nice, not spectacular. For funny, and one thing kids might miss, there's some astonishment that the kids are being picked up at the train station by Maggie, driving a car, as if cars - and women driving them! - are very unusual. The copyright is 1960, so they probably were less common, but it's still amusing. Mike's Mystery shares a message about helping others, as well as being fun entertainment. RL3, ages 7-12. - AnnaLovesBooks

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Go boxcar

    Go boxcar children

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    Eck

    Dont read it!!!""" Its stupid and borin

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    great book

    This book is soooooooo alsome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    THE REALY BORING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think that this book is not good because Mike took the mystery away from The Boxcar Children. Don't read this book!!!!!!! You won't like it at all!!!!! It was REALY boring and dumb.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    The boxcar childen #7

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Great

    I recomend this book to beginig readers

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