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The Red Trailer Mystery (Trixie Belden Series)

The Red Trailer Mystery (Trixie Belden Series)

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by Julie Campbell, Mary Stevens (Illustrator), Michael Koelsch (Illustrator)

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Trixie and Honey’s friend Jim has run away from Sleepyside–before anyone could tell him that he is the only heir to the huge Frayne fortune. The girls set out across upstate New York in a trailer to track him down . . . and stumble onto another mystery along the way!


Trixie and Honey’s friend Jim has run away from Sleepyside–before anyone could tell him that he is the only heir to the huge Frayne fortune. The girls set out across upstate New York in a trailer to track him down . . . and stumble onto another mystery along the way!

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Publishers Weekly
In another vein entirely, escapism 1940s-style is the allure of Trixie Belden #1: The Secret of the Mansion and Trixie Belden
Children's Literature
While traveling by trailer in upstate New York to find a runaway, Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler investigate a case of the mysterious trailer. The girls go with Honey's governess, Miss Trask, to find Jim. His stepfather beat him and made him work on the farm for nothing. He was hiding in the old mansion that just burned to the ground. Now Mr. Frayne has died and Jim, who is his great nephew, is his whole heir. The girls want to tell Jim the news. On the way, they park next to a trailer and get attached to the family. The trailer turns out to be stolen. This adventure weaves in and out of their trip. The girls also stumble upon a farm where the woman befriends the girls. The trailer people were here, too, as well as Jim. The mystery goes on with the police tracking down the trailer and the occupants giving their hard luck confessions. The farmer and wife take the trailer family in. Jim turns up on the farm to work and is reunited with the girls. Honey's family adopts him. The cover and the series name may be a problem for today's readers. The story may be too dated, also. It is an interesting adventure but that may not be enough. However, some upper elementary and middle school youth may enjoy this read. Number two in the "TrixieBelden" series. 2003 (orig. 1950), Random House, Ages 8 to 10.
— Naomi Butler

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Trixie Belden Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Sure enough, it was already sprinkling when the girls returned their horses to the riding academy, and they had to run all the way to the Swan to keep from getting soaked. The rain kept up a steady drumming on the roof of the trailer all day, and the girls were forced to play indoor games and read, but it was hard to control their impatience.
At last Trixie said restlessly, “I can’t stand being cooped up here any longer. Let’s dash over to the restaurant and play some Ping-Pong before dinner.”
“All right,” Miss Trask agreed. “I’ll take a nap, but wear your slickers and rubbers. If either of you should catch cold it would ruin the trip.”
“We won’t,” Honey assured her. “And please don’t let the dogs follow us. They’ve already brought in so much mud Trixie and I’ll have to spend most of the morning scrubbing the place.”
They raced around the park in their oilskin capes and hoods and sloshed up the steps to the cafeteria veranda. Everybody in Autoville seemed to have gathered inside and out of the clubhouse, and people were waiting in line for the use of the Ping-Pong table.
“Oh dear,” Trixie complained. “There’s nothing to do here either. I wish we could fall asleep and not wake up until it’s time to start looking for Jim tomorrow morning.”
Honey was examining a magazine at the newsstand. “This quiz test looks like fun,” she said. “Let’s find out how smart we are.” She bought two copies of the magazine and Trixie followed her to a quiet corner of the library. “Ready, get set, go,” Honey said. “The one who gets through first and has the most right answers is the smartest.”
Trixie scribbled a few answers in the blank spaces after the questions in the test, but in a short while her thoughts began to wander. “I always get sleepy on rainy days,” she yawned, bored. “Wish I’d stayed back at the Swan with Miss Trask and taken a nap.”
“I’m sleepy too,” Honey admitted. “Let’s doze right here in these comfortable chairs. We can finish the quiz later.”
It seemed to Trixie that she had hardly closed her eyes when she was awakened by the sound of whispering on the other side of the thin beaver-board wall that separated the library from one of the back rooms in the cafeteria.
“–abandoned barn,” someone was saying, “on that truck farm. Perfectly safe. Hasn’t been used in years. Doubt if the farmer even remembers it’s there.”
“You’re taking an awful chance,” came a whining whisper. “We were better off where we were.”
Trixie sat up. That voice, she felt sure, belonged to Jeff!
“Don’t be stupid,” the other voice said hoarsely. “Those kids rode into the clearing after we passed them on the highway. If they saw that net and guessed–”
“Those dumb kids!” Jeff snorted. “They wouldn’t suspect anything even if they did happen to notice the net. What do you think they are, state troopers?”
“I’m taking no chances,” the other man insisted. “They didn’t look dumb to me and you could tell by the way they were riding along, watching the side of the road, they were looking for something.”
“Oh, all right,” Jeff gave in. “But it beats me how you’re going to get to that barn without being seen by the farmer who owns it. That van’s not exactly small, in case you haven’t noticed.”
“I keep telling you,” the other man whispered impatiently. “Through the back fields. There’s an old road leading from the orchard to the barn.”
“And fine shape it’ll be in after this rain,” Jeff argued. “We’re sure to get stuck in the mud tonight; but have it your own way. I’ll play along, but it sure gets my goat that a couple of clumsy girls can make us change our plans.”
The two men moved away from the wall, and in a few seconds Trixie saw the silhouette of a bushy-haired man move furtively past the library window. She hurried to the veranda, straining her eyes to get a better glimpse of him. He turned as though he might have heard her tiptoeing after him, and she crouched down hastily behind a bench. Peeking through the slats in the back of the bench, Trixie held her breath as the man took a few steps in her direction. Then, jamming a battered hat down over his thick, unruly hair, he wheeled and vaulted over the porch railing to disappear in the shadows of the bushes.

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The Red Trailer Mystery: Trixie Belden Series, Book 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
baileytess More than 1 year ago
I read this series when I was a young girl, so when I saw that the first eight were available for NOOK, I had to buy them! They are still as charming and entertaining as they were when I was nine! This was a delightful visit back to my youth, and a book that should please any young reader, but especially girls between 8 and 12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it l love the whole series l had to get all the books they are so good l recimend this book to anybody that likes mysteris or wants to try somthing new
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books! So glad to find them again!
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Barks happily and eats the .eat.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this story is great! But you should read from the beginning of all the series. This is the second one. It all makes sense if you start from the very very biginning! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that i vowed that when I grew up that I would have a vacation trailer. And when I got married my husband was all for it! I read thius when I was 8 years old --fifty-one years ago. I keep my old copy in our rv as a reminder of how I became fascinated with having a trailer! Love this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book of awesomeness
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my mother got rid of all our younger books, ikind of missed them. my older sister recently gave me a partial trixie belden set that she had accumlated, the only early one missing was red trailer, now i can read them straight thru.
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PaFolger More than 1 year ago
Forty Trixie Belden books were written in the 1960's - 1980's and Random House has recently brought back the first 16 into print. I am delighted that my 9 year-old daughter was enthralled with reading her first one in this day of glitlzy pop culture, and she couldn't wait to read all sixteen which she has now done. Next she plans to re-read them because book numbers 17 - 40 are hard to find in used book stores. They are easy to read and hard to put down once you start. Trixie lives in a normal house, has chores, isn't rich or poor, and helps her mom weed the garden among other things. She's not always fashionably dressed, she's not afraid to be outdoors, go camping, get dirty and explore. Their family has to watch their budget -- something useful for young people to hear about in characters they see in today's pop culture. I hope more parents and their daughters will find this gem of a series and enable Random House to bring back the rest of the books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Why bother with other series of books? Answer that question for me! It is simple and only has one right answer that you can alwasy count on it being. Don't waste your time trying to start or finish another book! Read Trixie Belden. This Book is especially good. Trixie and her new best friend go on a mystery to find another sibling to adopt. But it never started that way before the villians and close death...................
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trixie Belden is great for younger girls and possibly even boys if they are interested. it is great to know that the books are still for sale. I want to solve adnn adventure like her someday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't pick up this book if you are just looking for a book to read. Only get it if you are searching for THE BOOK! Trixie and Her BEST FRIEND Honey find a clue, go on the best trip ever and put thmeselves in trillions of danger! You enjoy Trixie Bedlen, if, you enjoy joy, villians, runaways and the danger that Trixie gets hersle finto and then happy in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this first book of the trixie beldon chain is absolutely magnificent. i loved it the minute i picked it up and didnt place it down till i was finished. i recommend it to everyone whos loves a great mystery like a hot cup of cocoa.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved to read this series as a young girl and would highly recommend this to any person purchasing this for a young reader girl or boy ( as there are great storylines and characters surrounding both girls and boys). Great drama, inspires thinking, shows wonderful traits to young readers as far as volunteer work, charity, friendliness...just a wonderful wonderful series. Each book gets better and better as you get to know all the characters and meet all of Trixie's friends. She'll take you to exciting places and meet vibrant people. A must read series for any young reader!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I child I loved Trixie Belden, as an Adult I'm Estatic that the series is being reissued. She is a role model for young girls. The series gives one up in our declining society. What can I say I loved Trixie now as much as I did back then.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In addition to being the best and most enjoyable series I read as a child(actually enjoyed it as a child and as an adult), the books teach girls that it is ok to be smart and strong, that friendship is valuable, that what you earn is more important that what is handed to you, that money (whether you have it or not) does not determine who you are. And the dialogue will boost vocabulary! If you are looking for a gift for an 8-14 year old girl, BUY ANY AND ALL TRIXIE BELDEN BOOKS!