The Vampire Mystery (The Boxcar Children Series #120)

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The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - and why?

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Overview

The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - and why?

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Children's Literature - Jacquie Skurla
The house of a locally famous author appears to be haunted by a vampire, and the four Alden children set out to discover the truth behind the rumors. In the 120th book in the "Boxcar Children Mysteries" series, Benny, Violet, Jessie, and Henry encounter a shady realtor and the estranged brother of the writer while caring for the house for the owner while he is away. Stories featuring vampires are a hot commodity in young adult literature nowadays, and Gertrude Chandler Warner brings that appeal to the younger reader in this easy-to-read chapter book. Deliciously creepy, the creaky porch with an old graveyard in the back of the house add just the right touch designed to send gentle shivers down the reader's spine. The first chapter seamlessly reintroduces the four Alden children and gives the back-story of their lives as orphans, which allows this latest book in the series to stand on its own; it is not necessary to have read the series in chronological order. Although rather formulaic, it is an enjoyable read, and those who are enthralled with this series will find a rather offbeat but reassuring story in this book. Reviewer: Jacquie Skurla
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807584613
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Boxcar Children Series , #120
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 780,010
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Another wonderful adventure

    When young Benny Alden checks out the book "The Legend of the Vampire," from the library, strange things begin to happen in the town of Greenfield.
    Mr. Hudson, the author of the book and a friend of the childrens' grandfather, needs to leave town for a few days and leaves his house in the care of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. Since he is trying to sell his house, the children offer to clean up the yard for him while he is gone. Unfortunately, someone has other plans for the house. Flowers are ripped from the garden, the words "Leave me to rest in peace or you will be sorry" is painted in red on the front porch. Something that looks like blood is being left on neighbor's back porches, and a strange cloaked figure is seen at night in the cemetery behind the house.
    Will the Alden children be able to solve the mystery in time? Is the legend of the Greenfield Vampire real, or is someone trying to scare Mr. Hudson and the children?

    Exerpt from book:
    "After they placed their order, Jessie pulled out her notebook and a pencil. When facing a mystery, the Aldens often found that writing all the facts and clues on paper helped them to see what was going on.
    Jessie wrote "Vampire Legend" at the top of the page. "What do we know about the vampire legend?" she asked.
    Henry took a long drink of his lemonade. "People around Greenfield used to tell stories about a vampire. We know that vampires are not real, so the people must have done it for fun or to scare each other."
    "And Mr. Hudson heard the stories when he was growing up. He turned them into a book." Violet added.
    "Then Mr. Hudson saw a vampire in the cemetery behind his house." Benny leaned across the table, eyes wide.
    "No, Benny. He saw something that concerned him. He didn't actually see a vampire," Henry added.
    "Then what did he see?" asked Benny
    "We're not sure," Henry said."

    True to the "Boxcar Children" series, this book keeps the reader interested and wondering what will happen next. I loved reading about Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny when I was a child; and now my children have that privilege as well. The story is well written and I love the determination of the Alden children to help out their new friend Mr. Hudson. I was captivated from beginning to end, and loved every clue that the children found along the way. This is a wonderful story for children of all ages. I can't wait to read this again with my children.

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Perfect for an 8 - 10 yr old who enjoys mysteries but isn't read for the 'fear-factor'

    Synopsis
    The town where the Alden's lives has a wonderfully famous story about a wandering vampire associated with it. The children have, of course, heard of the mystery but hadn't visited the cemetery nor the author's home, until now.

    As of today, the children children are charged with the up-keep of the house the stories are centered around. As long as the vampire stays away things will go well. Right?

    Ages: 7-14

    * This book was loaned to me for my honest review.

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