Monkey Trouble (The Boxcar Children Series #127)by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens investigate when a stolen camera threatens to ruin a photo contest at the zoo.
Children's Literature - Beverly MelasiThe famous Boxcar Children are on the move to solve another mystery. In this mystery, Monkey Trouble, the kids are on Spring break and are going on a two-day zoo tour. Because of all the new animal babies born, the zoo has decided to have a photo contest. Disposable cameras are purchased by all the participants. Blake Morrison, the photographer for the school newspaper, purchases two cameras. Annika wants to be a photographer for the school newspaper too, so Blake tells her if she wins the contest, he'll let her take pictures for the paper. When one of Blake's cameras turns up missing, he accuses Annika of taking it. She says she didn't. The kids must now solve the mystery of who took Blake's camera. Everyone is a suspect, even a monkey named Simio who takes things and hides them in his cage. In a lot of twists and turns, the kids solve the mystery, and Annika gets to be a photographer for the school newspaper. This book was a great mystery story. The author did a great job of leading the reader in many directions, so the reader won't know who did it until the last pages of the book. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
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