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Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery (original 1951; edition 1977)

by Julie Campbell

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Title:Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery
Authors:Julie Campbell
Info:Golden Pr (1977), Paperback
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Trixie Belden and the Gatehouse Mystery by Julie Campbell (1951)

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This may be the first novel I've ever read that was constructed entirely (and I do mean entirely) out of slang and baby-talk. This is not a see-crud, I guess, to those of you who are fans of this series. I can already hear you saying, "Natch. And isn't it just yummy-yum-yum?"

To a certain degree, I guess it is. There's a secret-club feel to this series, a belonging and an inclusion that I imagine would appeal greatly to odd little kids. The mystery wasn't very mysterious, but it was fun to meet the brothers of Trixie. And I admit to snorting with adolescent-style laughter every time the boys called the girls "Moll Dicks, Inc." because yes, I am twelve years old. The plotting is solid, if transparent. The characters are very likable, though I can't really tell the boys apart yet.

I don't like the illustrations, I think they make Trixie and Honey look eight years old. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
The last book in the introductory trilogy. We get to meet the Trixie's brothers who have come home from working at summer camp. This is also the book where the Bob-Whites of the Glen (the club all of them belong to) gets established.
How I wished that I could have belonged to their club. Five teenagers who get along with each other and have adventures. How cool is that! ( )
  macjest | Jun 24, 2009 |
The gate house mystery is a real page turner and also very mysterious :) ( )
  6M2008 | Aug 27, 2008 |
As summer draws to a close, Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler decide to transform the Wheelers’ ramshackle gatehouse into a secret clubhouse. But when Trixie’s little brother (literally) stumbles upon a diamond buried in the gatehouse threshold, the girls once again find themselves up to their elbows in mystery and mayhem.

Convinced the diamond is part of a pickpocket’s loot, Trixie turns bloodhound, obstinately refusing to be dissuaded by Honey’s sensible adopted brother, Jim Frayne, or her own brothers, Brian and Mart, who have recently returned from their summer jobs at a boys’ camp. Eventually, of course, the boys begin to see things Trixie’s way as the cat-and-mouse game with the Wheelers’ mysterious new chauffeur heats up.

The Gatehouse Mystery is the last of the series’ “introductory” novels. With Jim, Brian, and Mart at last firmly ensconced in the plot, the wisecracks and good-natured sibling rivalry—trademarks of the series—fly full force. The relationships between these five teenagers provides the foundation for this grand old series, and from the third book on, it doesn’t miss a step. ( )
  wktarin | Apr 5, 2008 |
I loved this series when I was growing up; I thought Trixie was a lot more fun than Nancy Drew, and these were some of my all-time favorite books. I read them as an adult, though, a few years ago, and found that they haven't, IMO, stood the test of time well. They are obviously dated, and there are some messages that I don't think are appropriate anymore (mostly the way Trixie is treated differently - and often poorly - because she's a girl). ( )
  herebedragons | Jan 21, 2007 |
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When Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler explore an abandoned gatehouse, they discover more than dust and spiderwebs. Stuck in the dirt floor is a huge diamond! Could a ring of jewel thieves be hiding out in Sleepyside?
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When Trixie and Honey explore an abandoned gatehouse, they discover more than dust and spiderwebs. Stuck in the dirt floor is a huge diamond! Could a ring of jewel thieves be hiding out in Sleepyside?

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