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

#995 The Mystery of the Empty Safe created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

#995 The Mystery of the Empty Safe created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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

#994 The Firehouse Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

#994 The Firehouse Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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

#988 The Mystery Girl created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery Girl created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery Girl created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are visiting with their aunt Jane who has a friend who owns a general store, but things aren’t going so well for him. A new shopping center has opened up nearby and people are going there to shop instead of his general store. His only employee also left to go and work at the shopping center. He’s desperately in need of help, so the Aldens volunteer themselves.

Another girl also comes to work at the store, but it seems like she doesn’t know how to do a darn thing. Some things also start to go missing around the store, basic things, nothing fancy. The Aldens want to get to the bottom of this strange girl and the missing items. What’s going on? Is the shopping center behind all of it?

What I liked

I like shopping well enough and general stores are kind of neat to walk around in. There’s a chain of them around here called Mast General Stores. They don’t have produce and things like that, but you can get all manner of clothes, items, and candy from their stores. It’s not exactly cheap though. They’re fun to browse through. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything at one of them though.

What I didn’t like

First of all, the Aldens shouldn’t be working in a general store. They’re not old enough and they’re not getting paid either. Second of all, who cares if this girl doesn’t know how to do a lot of things? That’s what getting a job is about. You get a job and you learn how to do things. You may not have any experience in whatever the thing is before you get the job, but the entire point of getting the job is to get the experience. Everyone had a first job. We didn’t know how to run cash registers, or use a restaurant grill, or whatever before we took that job. Hopefully, the people who hired us were patient with us as we learned how to do those things.

It’s completely unreasonable to expect a new hire to know how to do everything on the job, especially if it’s their first job.

Overall

I’m going to the general store to get a side of bacon, a horse shoe, a vacuum, a stroller, and a sign for my yard that lets everyone know how sassy I am.

Weigh In

Were unreasonable expectations placed upon you at your first job?

Do you like browsing in general stores?

#988 The Mystery Girl created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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

#987 The Rock N Roll Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Rock N Roll Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Rock N Roll Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are excited to help out some local musicians. They get to go behind the scenes and learn about various instruments. Some people like old instruments because they’ve been played for so long that they just sound really good. Strange things start happening though, as always. Instruments start to go missing, including a guitar with a special paint job. Who would be so dastardly as to steal someone else’s axe?

What I liked

I like instruments and I like that the Aldens are interested in them. It’s fun and stimulating to play a musical instrument. There are just all kinds of studies that say a person who plays an instrument is generally smarter in some areas than a person who doesn’t play an instrument.

I’ve found out I’m good at games involving adding numbers, apparently, like dominos(the game not the pizza, but maybe I’m good at Dominos pizza as well) and cribbage. Maybe it’s because I’ve played the piano forĀ around nineteen years, or maybe it’s because I’ve played a lot of 2048 on my phone. I don’t know what the answer is, but something made me good at finding number combinations quickly.

What I didn’t like

Look, why would someone steal someone else’s instrument? That’s a mean move. If I had a piano right now, I’d be ticked if you came and stole it. I’d be ticked it you stole anything of mine, but my piano–that’s crossing a line.

It’s one thing if someone steals something from you that you’re kind of “meh” about. Someone stole my washing machine! *Oh, sob, oh cry* *wipes fake tears, goes to store, gets new washing machine, because laundry has to be done.* There are also laundromats so you can go and do your laundry elsewhere for a few dollars.

It’s another thing if someone steals something that is part of a hobby or profession. Someone stole my porcelain paint palette! Where am I going to put all my paints now?! This is a catastrophe! It’s not like there are places where I can go and rent porcelain paint palettes. I could get a crappy plastic substitute from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but that’s the best that is happening without ordering a replacement porcelain palette, on the internet, for around a hundred dollars, then waiting for it to show up. You do what you have to do, but some things aren’t easily replaceable, if they’re replaceable at all, and it would hurt if someone stole those things.

Overall

Play music and don’t steal.

Weigh In

What is a thing you would be really hurt over if someone stole it?

What do you think about old instruments?

#987 The Rock N Roll Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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

#983 The Spy Game created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Spy Game created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Spy Game created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens visit a neighbor and find a mystery. They find out that there is a game prepared by one of the original owners of the house. There is a photo of bride, but a woman they know looks a lot like the bride. There are different names mixed in all of this. What could by the mystery?

What I liked

I kind of like the idea of just leaving some random scavenger hunt for whoever buys one of my houses. I should have done that with the last house I sold, but I was too stressed out to do anything like that.

What I didn’t like

This mystery ultimately involves some assumed names. It must be nice to be able to be someone else.

Overall

There’s something weird going on in this house that isn’t ours. Let’s mess with it.

Weigh In

If you did find out some mystery about a friend’s house, wouldn’t it be best to let them deal with it?

What kind of mystery would you like to find in your house? A bathroom you haven’t noticed before?

#983 The Spy Game created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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#972 The Ghost Town Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Ghost Town Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Ghost Town Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens have left their home in Connecticut and gone out west, to the mountains, where they come to find that their Grandfather has bought an entire town, a ghost town. Nobody lives there these days, but the place was once known as Tin Cup, for the creek of the same name where silver and gold used to be mined. They stay at a boarding house, which has sub-par food, much to Benny’s disappointment. They go and visit the ghost town only to see what they think is a ghost. Could there really be ghosts in this ghost town? What’s up with the person who keeps offering Grandfather a lot of money for the town?

What I liked

I liked that this story was about a ghost town. I actually used to live near a ghost town, although it wasn’t that impressive. I used to live near an old gold-mining town called Auroria. It’s not out west, it’s in Georgia actually. It’s also supposed to be haunted, but I never saw anything there. Nobody really thinks of ghost towns in the east, but there are ghost towns in the east as well. Just think of the town of Centralia, where everything underground is on fire.

What I didn’t like

I feel like Grandfather just hoards things. He owns all these things, including this entire ghost town without a chance for anyone else to use them. I get that he’s got the money and he can buy whatever the heck he wants until he runs out of money, but it’s kind of sad that people aren’t experiencing something because one person owns it, but on the other hand, this ghost town is something that would be highly vandalized and broken into if people did know about it.

Overall

It’s an entire town of ghosts. They make ghost food and pay for it with ghost money. Mo’ ghost money. Mo’ ghost problems.

Weigh In

Would you live in a ghost town?

If you were a ghost, would you live in a ghost town full of other ghosts? Or would you live out by yourself in the country?

#972 The Ghost Town Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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

#970 The Mystery of the Hidden Beach created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery of the Hidden Beach created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Hidden Beach created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are going to the Florida Keys so Grandfather can visit a friend. While he’s visiting, the children are going to a sea-side camp. Each Alden finds something interesting they want to study at camp. They get to collect fish in pails and examine them for a while before putting them back. Someone starts stealing coral and other sea life from the area. Who could it be and why?

What I liked

I’ve never been to the Florida Keys. I would like to visit sometime. I also kind of want to say that I ate Key Lime Pie in the Florida Keys.

What I didn’t like

It kind of sucks that someone would go around stealing marine life right out of the ocean, but it’s done all the time, so it’s not exactly something that anyone can combat to any large degree. I get that marine life should probably stay in the ocean, but at the same time, collecting marine life can lead to preservation efforts when a particular area of the sea has gotten too polluted.

Overall

Leave the coral alone.

Weigh In

Would you go to a camp to learn about sea life?

What do you think Grandfather got up to while the kids were at camp?

#970 The Mystery of the Hidden Beach created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks