Mike's Mystery

Mike s Mystery Benny and his friend Mike are in trouble when they are curious about a uranium mine

Benny and his friend Mike are in trouble when they are curious about a uranium mine.

  • ✓ Mike's Mystery Þ Gertrude Chandler Warner Dirk Gringhuis
    293 Gertrude Chandler Warner Dirk Gringhuis
Mike's Mystery

  1. Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift Today, Ms Warner is best remembered as the author of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES As a child, Gertrude enjoyed many of the things that girls enjoy today She loved furnishing a dollhouse with handmade furniture and she liked to read Her favorite book was ALICE IN WONDERLAND Often on Sundays after church, Gertrude enjoyed trips to visit her grandparents farm Along the way, she and Frances would stop to pick the wildflowers they both loved Gertrude s favorite flower was the violet.Her family was a very musical one They were able to have a family orchestra, and Gertrude enjoyed playing the cello Her father had brought her one from New York a cello, a bow, a case and an instruction book All together, he paid 14 Later, as an adult, she began playing the pipe organ and sometimes substituted for the church organist Due to ill health, Ms Warner never finished high school She left in the middle of her second year and studied with a tutor Then, in 1918, when teachers were called to serve in World War I, the school board asked her to teach first grade She had forty children in the morning and forty in the afternoon Ms Warner wrote, I was asked or begged to take this job because I taught Sunday School But believe me, day school is nothing like Sunday School, and I sure learned by doing I taught in that same room for 32 years, retiring at 60 to have time to write Eventually, Ms Warner attended Yale, where she took several teacher training courses Once when she was sick and had to stay home from teaching, she thought up the story about the Boxcar Children It was inspired by her childhood dreams As a child, she had spent hours watching the trains go by near her family s home Sometimes she could look through the window of a caboose and see a small stove, a little table, cracked cups with no saucers, and a tin coffee pot boiling away on the stove The sight had fascinated her and made her dream about how much fun it would be to live and keep house in a boxcar or caboose She read the story to her classes and rewrote it many times so the words were easy to understand Some of her pupils spoke other languages at home and were just learning English THE BOXCAR CHILDREN gave them a fun story that was easy to read Ms Warner once wrote for her fans, Perhaps you know that the original BOXCAR CHILDREN raised a storm of protest from librarians who thought the children were having too good a time without any parental control That is exactly why children like it Most of my own childhood exploits, such as living in a freight car, received very little cooperation from my parents Though the story of THE BOXCAR CHILDREN went through some changes after it was first written, the version that we are familiar with today was originally published in 1942 by Scott Foresman Today, Albert Whitman Company publishes this first classic story as well as the next eighteen Alden children adventures that were written by Ms Warner.Gertrude Chandler Warner died in 1979 at the age of 89 after a full life as a teacher, author, and volunteer for the American Red Cross and other charitable organizations After her death, Albert Whitman Company continued to receive mail from children across the country asking for adventures about Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden In 1991, Albert Whitman added to THE BOXCAR CHILDREN MYSTERIES so that today s children can enjoy many adventures about this independent and caring group of children.

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  1. We re up to book five of Gertrude s opus, which is Mike s Mystery Come with me on this magical journey.I m surprised to find that the Boxcar children haven t abandoned Aunt Jane at her farmhouse and then immediately forgotten about her Disappointingly, they are going to visit her again Probably because now they own her home and all her land, which is bringing them in billions hundreds of dollars, and they need to keep an eye on their investment and make sure the old biddy isn t spending all thei [...]

  2. Reason for Reading Next in the series I am collecting the first original 19 books of this series.Mike s Mystery could probably be said to have the first full blown mystery for the children to solve All the previous books mystery was simply finding out the identity of mysterious strangers but this time we have a crime arson, a witness Mike s dog, and a couple of clues a blue hat and a picture in a newspaper We get a sense of real detecting going on for the children now Mike s Mystery is also the [...]

  3. Seemingly mysterious than the previous books The first Boxcar Children book really trying to be a mystery But it is about the children and their resourcefulness and independence than about solving the mystery, like all the books in the series.

  4. The Alden children go visit their Aunt Jane at her ranch and they are reunited with Mike and old friend Mike and Ben are the same age When Mike s house suspiciously burns down, the children invite Mike and his family to live at their ranch Mike s mom loves to bake pies so the children decide to buy her a stove and all the supplies needed to bake so that she can open a bakery and make money Mike and Ben figure out that fire that burned Mike s house was probably an arson and suspect a man in a blu [...]

  5. This is the 5th installment in The Boxcar Children series and the story of the Alden children continues In this book there truly is a unique mystery that they have to solve, but do the Alden children solve this or does someone else That is for you to find out This series is very simplistic and easy to follow so for a young person that is starting out on their reading expedition it is definitely one to keep in your wheelhouse.

  6. We listened to this on Audible on a long car ride with my young children They were mesmerized Hicieron muy bien la traducci n y todo estuve excelente seg n mis ni os.

  7. Boxcar Children are visiting Aunt Jane when there friend Mike house is burn But Mike is blamed for starting the fire.

  8. The Alden children encounter a true mystery in this book There are references to the previous books so it helps to have read them.

  9. one of the better ones in the series the kids help a friend out and there are multiple references to things that happened in the first 4 books love the dog love in this story still lots of unbelievable stuff like having a family live in a kitchen in a mine office building, etc.

  10. This book is the 5th book of the Boxcar Children Series This book is about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny that go to visit their Aunt s house over the summer While they are in town they meet their friend Mike and the next day they find out that Mike s house has been burned down Mike is being responsible for the burn The children working together need to prove Mike s innocence by finding the real person who burned down the house With the help of Mr Carter the children found a blue hat, an empty [...]

  11. Warning This review contains spoilers I really liked this book I liked having a realistic personality like Mike mixing things up with the always well behaved, always polite and proper Alden children Mike keeps it real Also, once again, we have a real mystery on our hands, which was interesting This time, it s a case of arson The kids but mostly Benny get into trying to solve the case, but in the end, the uncovering of important clues was a random discovery than the result of any intellectual e [...]

  12. This book is about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who go to visit their Aunt Jane s house over the summer The is the 5th book in the Boxcar Children series and builds on the 4th book in the series titled Mystery Ranch The mystery in this story is a case of arson The house by Aunt Jane s burns down, leaving a few clues for the Boxcar Children to solve Mike is Benny s friend and the day after Benny met him, his house burned down Mike is being blamed for the arson, but thankfully his friends are [...]

  13. Dated and stilted The first Boxcar Children book was about a small family of children living in an abandoned boxcar, and had charm even if it was full or archaic and wooden prose This takes that all out and drops them into a very bland mystery.The kids visit Mystery ranch and see a uranium mine in a place called Yellow Sands A kid named Mike is accused of setting a fire to burn down a house, but the Children help him out a little as he solves the mystery All of this is done with a prose style sl [...]

  14. Another wholesome book in the boxcar children series, in which everyone is polite and kind and thinks that hard work and washing dishes are fun I don t know why but the Mayberry esque tone of this book really annoyed me I guess I was just in a bad mood Or it could be because this book actually read like an episode of the Andy Griffith Show.The Children return to Mystery ranch only to discover that a boom town has sprung up around the newly opened mine They run into one of their old friend Mike f [...]

  15. Has anyone heard of the boxcar children before The story takes place at the children s aunts mystery ranch.Henry Alden is the oldest,helps out,and helps take care of there aunt and the children.Benny Alden is the youngest,is friends of Mike s,helps out,and likes to play.Jessie Alden is the 2nd oldest,helps out a lot,and owns their dog watch.Violet Alden is the 2nd youngest,help out a lot,and loves to play the violin.Mike Wood house was burned down so the children had to help out,got a home becau [...]

  16. My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause If your local I encourage you to check them out For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place And if not, you can always help start one.spreadthewordnevada Myself, I go out on the weeken [...]

  17. A house fire Near all that uranium they ve been mining Probably releasing it in powdered form accidentally because god knows no one in this weird ass town would know a safety procedure if it slapped them on the ass They re fucking lucky the whole town didn t go up in flames.Mike, being an idiot, is somehow excited by the idea that his house and all his possessions are gone, never once thinking about the strain it will put on his poverty stricken single mother His mother who probably dreams about [...]

  18. The Boxcar Children, Mike s Mystery, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, take us on another adventure with Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny In this book the children run into an old friend, Mike Mike has been blamed for starting a fire and need the kids help Read along as Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny help to clear their old friend s name This series of books is filled with action and adventure designed to help enhance the reading of any child Each book has a wonderful way of keeping the chil [...]

  19. First off, I read these Boxcar Children books when I was a lot younger There were some that I would read over and over and others that I read once and chucked to the back of my bookcase Overall, though, I loved them all Mike s Mystery bugged me, though, since Mike bugged me He was like Benny, only annoying and Benny was already pretty darn annoying Thus, the 2 star rating The character broke the book for me.

  20. Yes, I realize that this is a book for children, but seriously a guy burns down a house while a woman and her two children are in their beds in an act of attempted murder and The Boxcar Children think, Golly gee What a fun mystery this is In what kind of bizarro world are people so flippant about a man trying to blow up a mining community It s all just too casual Also, Mike is just the worst.

  21. I like when Mike finds out they have a mystery They find out a man in a blue hat is trying to burn the mine In one part Watch and Spotty do a race In the middle of the race Spotty digs up a blue hat and Watch digs up a can Then one day they find out that the man is hiding in the dark and Spotty caught him.

  22. After a summer, Benny, Violet, Henry, and Jessie went back to Mystery Ranch Aunt Jane finally was a very kind woman instead of a very grumpy woman Mike, who was an old friend of theirs, found a man with a blue hat on a newspaper which was a person that also burned the Wood family s house They wanted to find the man with the blue hat.I liked this story because they found Mike again.

  23. In this continuation of the Boxcar Children series, Ben meets up with his old friend Mike at the mining camp on Aunt Jane s ranch When Mike s house burns down the children become involved in a mystery involving both the house and the mine.Solid installment in the series lots of fun adventure for kids, will keep reading the series

  24. Read aloud to Emma We did the majority of the book 100 pages in one afternoon She wanted desperately to know what happened next, but I felt the plot was severely lacking I guess my memory from reading these growing up is super foggy We are going to need some different books to scratch Emma s mystery story bug

  25. Well it was really good If I had just read it when I was younger i would have enjoyed it even but I still loved it.I recomend it to 6 9 year olds I will not spoil it for people though, but it is a really interesting book.

  26. Benny s friend Mike is blamed for a fire at the children s ranch The fire was at Mike s own house Mike s mother is going to bake pies for miners mining for Indian stuff The culprit of the fire is found and so is a land mine at the mine Who is the culprit

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