The Disappearing Staircase Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens have an opportunity to help fix up a house donated to a local organization. The organization has plans for the community that involve the house. The Aldens are excited to help. They even get to stay on the property in the children’s playhouse outside. There are all kinds of people helping to fix up the house, but some people don’t want help.
When it comes time to auction some of the items from the house to bring in some income for the project, a lot of the items aren’t there. The children keep thinking they hear someone walking around up on the roof, but they know no one has walked past them. How could someone have gotten on the roof?
What I liked
I do like the idea of fixing up a house and providing a place for elderly people to live. It’s a worthy cause. Nursing homes can be pretty awful. Taking care of a few elderly people at a time is no big deal and they’re certainly happier in a more personalized setting. So I think that aspect of the story is sweet.
What I didn’t like
The bad guys in this story don’t seem too bad. I actually feel sorry for them. I kind of feel that as a decent human being if somehow you come in possession of something that used to be someone else’s that was lost to them through no fault of their own, you at least have to consider giving the item back to the person.
Attic Stairs–what’s up there?
If some item was in your house that you bought and the person expressed the desire to have the item back, would you give it to them?
What would you do if you found a secret room in your house?