The Yellow House Mysteryby Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden discover that a mystery surrounds the run-down yellow house on Surprise Island. The children find a letter and other clues that could lead them on the trail of a man who vanished from the house. Join the Boxcar Children in their graphic novel adventure to solve the Yellow House Mystery!
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The Yellow House Mystery
By Rob M. Worley, Stephanie Hedlund, Mike Dubisch
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Just six months ago. the Alden children had spent their summer on Surprise Island. There they met their cousin Joe, an archaeologist, and discovered a cave full of important artifacts.
Now it was spring, and Benny had just finished a mysterious phone call.
Henry! Violet! Jess! Come quick!
Joe just telephoned! The men are going to blast the cave on Surprise Island. We have to hurry and go over.
Mr. Alden and Captain Daniel took the children to Surprise Island immediately.
There's Joe now. Who is that girl that's with him?
That's not a girl. That's a lady!
Hello! This is Alice Wells. She's here to help with the dig.
Let's go right off and see them blast!
This is going to be fun for you, Benny. The men are going to let you push the handle to set off the blast.
And with that Benny cleared the top off the cave.
What a noise that was!
The big rocks became small rocks. The workers began clearing them right away. Joe explained that it would take days to remove all the rocks, so the children returned home.
think Joe likes Alice. I think he's going to marry her.
What? How can you tell? Joe just met her today!
Oh, no. Joe and Alice went to school together when they were children. She's just returned to help Joe at the cave.
I wish Joe would get married. He must be awfully lonesome living by himself.
I think Benny is right. But let's not say anything to them. Let's wait and see what happens.
All spring, the children went to the island to help. One day, Joe, Henry, and Benny stopped to rest at a yellow house.
Your grandfather never likes to talk about this house. I think it has a mystery.
Let's go into this house sometime.
Joe, let's tell them our news!
Maybe we can guess!
You and Joe are getting married! Aren't you?
Its true! Look at your ring!
When school let our for the summer, Joe and Alice got married. What a wedding it was! Alice was very lovely in her beautiful white dress. Violet played her violin.
After the wedding, Joe and Alice left for their honeymoon.
I do hope Alice and Joe will still spend time! with us.
Mrs. McGregor is sad even when she smiles.
With Joe away, the children started to think of summer plans. Henry decided to ask Grandfather about the yellow house on Surprise Island.
I suppose you ought to know about yellow house. My father used to keep race horses on the island. A man named Bill took care of them.
Bill was a good man, but he was weak ...
"Bill lived on the island with his wife, Margaret. One night Margaret heard a strange noise. Bill told her it was the waves.
"The next night she smelled paint. But Bill was not painting.
"Margaret saw that the horses had been fed. But Bill and his rowboat were gone.
"Later the police came and searched the island.
"They found Bill's rowboat a few days later. It was tied up at another dock about a mile away on the mainland.
"Margaret told the police about the noises and paint smell. They went all over the little yellow house searching for clues.
"We put notices in the newspaper for two years. Nothing ever came of it."
I'm so sorry for Margaret. She must be old now.
She seems very old to you, I know. She is Mrs. McGregor.
Grandfather, couldn't we go into the little yellow house? We might find something.
You may go. But don't talk about this to Mrs. McGregor yet.
Soon Joe and Alice returned home. Before they'd even gotten into the house the children were telling them about the mystery of the little yellow house.
I've wondered about that house myself. I'd like to go inside.
We've waited for you to go with us.
Captain Daniel brought the whole family to Surprise Island. Mr. Alden unlocked the yellow house for the first time in years.
THE TIN BOX
Lets look around and see what could make a strange noise.
I'm going to check every brick this chimney.
A paintbrush! Remember the paint smell? I think this was used on the fireplace.
A pen. Some old writing paper.
Joe gave Benny one of his digging tools. Benny carefully tapped each brick in the fireplace with his little hammer, listening for anything strange.
Joe! This one sounds different!
Yes, this brick has certainly been taken out.
What did I tell you? Look! There's a letter in the hole!
"Dear Bill, Thanks for the money. I can make it three times as much if you will help me. Some friends of mine know how. Meet me at your little house in Maine. Bear Trail Then you can pay Mr. A. and get your part of the rest sure. Look in the tin box. Hide this. S.M."
Now we have a real mystery.
I remember one other thing. Just before Bill disappeared, he sold two fine race horses. But he never gave my father the money.
I always thought his brother, Sam, got it.
But the week after Bill disappeared, Sam was killed by a car.
I know Bear Trail. I went there when I was fifteen years old.
So you did!
Yes, yes! I know what you want. You want to go up to Maine and hunt for Bill.
You always let us do things in the summers when there isn't any school. Joe and Alice want to go, too!
There was a lot of noise in the Alden house after that. Soon they were loading food and gear in the station wagon for the trip.
What a family! Always doing something exciting!
After driving several hours, they arrived at a store. The owner, Mr. Long, helped them get everything they'd need.
I can fix you up! You'll need two canoes and some tents too.
Thank you, Mr. Long. Say, were looking for an old mar who is lost. Bill McGregor.
Never heard of him. I'm sorry.
When everything was loaded, Mr. Long gave the canoes a last push into the lake. The canoes began to slide through the smooth blue water.
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Meet the Author
Gertrude Chandler Warner (1890–1979) was an American author of children’s books, most notably the nineteen original titles in the Boxcar Children Mysteries series. Warner was raised in Putnam, Connecticut, across the street from a railroad station, which later inspired her to write about children living in a boxcar. In 1918, she began what would become a thirty-two-year career teaching first and third grade at the Israel Putnam School. She died in Putnam on August 30, 1979, when she was eighty-nine years old. But the Boxcar Children live on: To this day, talented authors contribute new stories to the series, which now includes over one hundred twenty books.
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