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Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #5) (original 1960; edition 1988)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Dirk Gringhuis

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Title:Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #5)
Authors:Gertrude Chandler Warner
Other authors:Dirk Gringhuis
Info:Scholastic Inc (1988), Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Main School Library, AR 3.0-3.9
Tags:AR 3.0, Mystery

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Mike's Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner (1960)



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This book is about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who go to visit their Aunt Jane’s house over the summer. The is the 5th book in the Boxcar Children series and builds on the 4th book in the series titled “Mystery Ranch”. The mystery in this story is a case of arson. The house by Aunt Jane’s burns down, leaving a few clues for the Boxcar Children to solve. Mike is Benny’s friend and the day after Benny met him, his house burned down. Mike is being blamed for the arson, but thankfully his friends are trying to prove his innocence.

It looks like the cover art has been updated to reflect 2012 fashion of t-shirts, jeans and shorts. However, the inside has the original illustrations and text. Some of the language might be a bit old-fashioned for young readers, but the author had created these books as early reader chapter books in the 60’s. I can’t really say anything bad about this book because I used to love them when I was little. The series, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, was designed for elementary students. The series has won so many awards and been reprinted so many times, I would say it is a good addition to any school or public library. As an adult, the text seems very simplistic…but it is perfect for early readers who are ready to start chapter books. The adventure and mystery is exciting to them. The series will make young readers want to live in a boxcar and solve mysteries. ( )
  kmjanek | Mar 14, 2014 |
The gang revisits the URANIUM mine and help figure out who burned a house down. Not surprising, they all live happily ever after. Until the radiation kills them. :-) ( )
  djenczyk | Feb 7, 2014 |
While the children are visting Mystery Ranch, their friend Mike is accused of starting a fire. They know Mike is innocent, but how do they prove it?
  SABC | Aug 21, 2012 |
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I am collecting the first original 19 books of this series.

Mike's Mystery could probably be said to have the first full blown mystery for the children to solve. All the previous books "mystery" was simply finding out the identity of mysterious strangers but this time we have a crime: arson, a witness: Mike's dog, and a couple of clues: a blue hat and a picture in a newspaper. We get a sense of real detecting going on for the children now. Mike's Mystery is also the first time that a book in this series is dependant on another in the series. This one is a direct sequel to book #4, Mystery Ranch, and will be enjoyed much better having read them in order. Also, one of the main characters returns from book #2, Surprise Island, and again this benefits readers who have read the books in order, otherwise many references to previous exploits will by lost upon them. The series is shaping up at this point into an ongoing adhesive collection, rather than just individual stories.

This story is typical fare for the series, much better than the last book and fun to see a proper mystery unravelling for the children this time. Exactly one year has passed since the last events happened and the Aldens return to the Mystery Ranch to find many changes have been made over the school year. A large cast of characters this time, though the majority of them have already been met in the past books so nobody new to really get to know. Benny and his friend Mike shine as the major characters in this book, even though everything is still much a group effort for the Alden children, focus is allowed to drift more often towards the littlest brother. A satisfying entry in the series. ( )
  ElizaJane | Aug 19, 2012 |
The Boxcar Children are spending the summer at Mystery Ranch. The excitement begins when they meet their old friend, Mike. When Mike is blamed for starting a fire, the Boxcar Children know he is innocent. Can they discover who's really doing it?
  hgcslibrary | Nov 29, 2009 |
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The four Alden children could hardly wait to get back to Mystery Ranch.
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The Alden children go to visit their Aunt Jane at Mystery Ranch. Mike Wood (Benny's friend) and his family narrowly escape when their house burns down in the middle of the night. The community rallies round to help the Wood family get back on their feet. The Aldens help Mrs Wood to set herself up in business. Benny and Mike together solve the mystery of who burned down the Woods' house.
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The Alden children are on another summer trip out west, and they're thrilled to find their friend Mike lives in the bustling new town near Mystery Ranch. But one night a house burns down, and young Mike is blamed for starting the fire! The Boxcar Children know he didn't do it. Can they help their friend?… (more)

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