#956 Snowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Snowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler WarnerSnowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are going nut hunting in the snowy wilderness near a cabin. The friends they meet have been looking for a family recipe for buns, but they haven’t been able to find it. The cabin was a family cabin, but had been out of the family for a while. The Aldens are fascinated by the squirrels in the area. They stock up nuts for the winter and hide away somewhere. A snow storm comes up somewhat unexpectedly and the Aldens end up stuck in the cabin with their friends for a while.

They have plenty of food to eat, but something happens. There is wind and snow and apparently there had been a hole somewhere in the roof of the cabin that squirrels had taken advantage of. The squirrels happened to have revealed something someone had been looking for in all of the confusion.

What I liked

I feel like I’ve grown to recognize when a Boxcar book was written by Gertrude rather than pretend Gertrude. This one has more to it than the newer Boxcar books. The story is more interesting. There is just more to it– more intrigue and more side-story. I liked the bit about the squirrels. I also liked that the family found something they were looking for.

What I didn’t like

There is a chance kids today might not get the fact that the Aldens get stranded in a cabin because there’s a storm. Kids today would wonder why they didn’t call somebody on their cell phones to let them know. There weren’t cell phones when Gertrude wrote this and if a bad storm came up while you were out, you might just get stuck spending the night in a strange place or with people you didn’t know that well. Despite the fact that this story may not exactly be relateable to kids these days, it’s still a good story for kids I think.

Overall

Attic squirrels can cause a ruckus.

Weigh in

Would you mind squirrels in your attic?

If you had to spend the night in a cabin because a snow-storm stranded you, what would you want to have to entertain yourself?

#956 Snowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

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#954 The Mystery of the Pirate’s Map created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery of the Pirate's Map created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Pirate’s Map created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are visiting one of Grandfather’s friends who lives near the beach. They decide to go exploring on the beach where Benny finds and old bottle. Inside the bottle is a piece of paper with part of a map on it. They soon learn about a pirate who used to live in the area and the legend goes that he buried a treasure and split the map into three pieces. People start getting pushy when they learn what Benny found.

Is there actually a treasure? If so, would the Aldens keep it?

What I liked

I think the idea of pirate treasure is fun. I’d like to find something really neat buried in my yard one day. A pirate left an entire treasure here–let me just go buy a house.

Pirates were not nice people. The pirates who are around today still aren’t nice people, but I guess the idea of sailing around the seas, taking whatever you want, and hanging out on whatever island you want is appealing.

What I didn’t like

I don’t really think the Aldens should let someone else in on the treasure action. Finders keepers, at least as far as treasures that are over a hundred years old are concerned–keep the treasure. I get being all “this belongs in a museum for posterity,” but you could certainly sell this item to a museum or a collector who would put it in a museum.

I think it would be a hard choice for me, if I found a treasure. I’d like to buy a house, avocado toast be darned, and finding an old treasure would certainly help with that goal, but at the same time, I have studied art history and I do feel that maybe some things do belong in museums to be enjoyed by anyone who would go there.

Overall

…A message in bottle *how do I make music notes?* Somebody beat you to the idea, Sting.

Weigh in

If you found a treasure, would you keep it?

Do you go treasure hunting on the beach?

#954 The Mystery of the Pirate’s Map created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

#952 The Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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The Aldens are helping a family friend who bought a house that other people wanted to buy. They hear a girl singing and they wonder where it’s coming from. They also find a dress. Who used to live in this house? Is the person who wrote the diary and the letters still alive?

What I liked

I had this bit about how I liked learning about the history of old houses here. I think it’s neat that the Aldens did get to learn the history of a house in this story.

What I didn’t like

If someone else buys the house you want, you kind of just have to deal with it. You can’t go around trying to keep people away from it.

Weigh In

What would you do if someone was terrorizing you because you bought the house they wanted?

Have you ever thought your house was haunted?

#952 The Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

#951 The Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are visiting a friend who bought a piece of property. There’s a skeleton there. It’s not a real skeleton. It was used for educational purposes. It was kind of strange at first, but the children got used to it. They say hi to the skeleton whenever they pass it. There are some statues on the property and a mystery surrounding them. What’s going on?

What I liked

I think the skeleton is kind of neat. True story–I’ve been in a group photo involving a skeleton. Fun times.

What I didn’t like

Where does Grandfather go when his grandkids are pawned off on all kinds of other people? They’re with other people a lot of the time. What does Grandfather do? I imagine he probably swims in all of his money like Scrooge McDuck.

Overall

If you use a skeleton for decoration, people may think you’re weird.

Weigh In

Would you use a skeleton as decoration?

Have you had any strange photo ops with anatomical models?

#951 The Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks

#949 The Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are spending some more time with friends. There is a lodge one of Grandfather’s friends owns. The Aldens want to do some fishing, but people keep seeing a zombie. Zombies can’t be real can they? What’s going on?

What I liked

This just wasn’t one of the Boxcar books that I liked very much.

What I didn’t like

I am not a fan of zombie anything. I find zombies to be highly unlikely as far as the world of supernatural creatures goes. I would almost say I could see vampires being real before I could see zombies being real. I think zombies are generally a silly idea. I know zombie movies and television shows are a trend right now, but I just can’t hop on board with any of it, including this book, which is obviously meant to cash in on the whole zombie idea.

Overall

Braaaaaaaiiiiinnnnnssss…these zombie stories rot my braaaaaaiiiinnsss.

Weigh In

What do you think about zombie stories?

If you are favorable of zombie stories for reasons other than gore, what are your reasons? What makes zombies fascinating?

#949 The Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler Warner was originally published on One-elevenbooks