Children's, Fiction, Mystery, Warner-Gertrude Chandler

#907 The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery in the Fortune Cookie created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens meet some new friends. There’s a Chinese restaurant and a bookstore involved. The Aldens learn that the Chinese restaurant does not make their own fortune cookies, but buys them. They also learn that fortune cookies are not originally from China. They were created elsewhere. The messages are supposed to be fun. Some people like the cookies to have lucky numbers printed on them.

The Aldens start finding strange messages in the fortune cookies. What could they mean? Is someone trying to get more than their share at the bookstore? Is something going on between a couple of the people involved? Do fortune cookies really tell your fortune?

What I liked

I’ve known for a while, probably quite a few years, that fortune cookies do not come from China. While I know this, kids probably don’t and I like that this installment of The Boxcar Children takes the time to explain that fact. It’s nice to learn about the world around you. It’s nice to learn the reality of some so-called “facts” that get passed around and around like the cold that everyone in the office gets.

I used to really like the idea of fortune cookies, when I could eat wheat. They were a fun addition to a meal, not that anything in one of them was ever the truth.

What I didn’t like

Again, I kind of feel like the Aldens are up in everyone’s business. Because they’re rich, do they think they get to cross boundaries other people wouldn’t be able to cross, as far as personal business goes? Or is it simply because they’re children and kids don’t understand the concept of privacy until they hit puberty?


Someday, I want a really specific and awesome fortune in a fortune cookie. “You will become a best-selling author and you won’t get acne ever again.”

It’s too good to be true, at least the acne part is.

Weigh In

What was the best fortune you ever got in a cookie?

If you wrote fortune cookie fortunes, what would they say?

#907 The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks


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