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The Mystery at Skeleton Point - book review
The Mystery at Skeleton Point is book #91 in the Boxcar Children’s series. This delightful series is created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. You can enjoy following along with the many adventures of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden. They are the Boxcar Children and they live with their grandfather.
In this young detective book, The Mystery at Skeleton Point (The Boxcar Children Mysteries 91) we join the Boxcar children and their grandfather as they to visit their Aunt Charlotte. It seems like it will be a real adventure - she recently purchased a property called Skeleton Point. That name alone should put fear into the lives of those who visit – but it is just named that because of the bone collections at the site. The previous owner had made a collection of large animal and human bones! People in town are sure that they see skeletons walking around the property at night. Is that even possible? Could it be true? A mystery in the making…
While they are all there visiting Aunt Charlotte another relative becomes ill and so Grandfather Alden and Aunt Charlotte have to leave to visit the sick relative and see what they can do to help. That leaves the Boxcar children alone at Aunt Charlottes to stay, and so now they want to discover the truth! What is actually happening at Aunt Charlotte’s new property at night? These kids really love each other and care for one another – this sets a good example for the readers.
In The Mystery at Skeleton Point, the Boxcar children use their guiles to safeguard each other as they solve the mystery. The young investigators gather evidence without the assistance from the adults.
I think your young readers will identify and enjoy the stories of the Alden children. It’s especially fun reading for those who love adventures with family and friends, and especially sibling adventures – or – for those with no siblings who want to feel of the adventures. The Alden children do so many fun things together. They like bike rides have picnics and go swimming. Also, they experience much freedom from adult supervision. Many children (in the target age group 8-12) think they want for more freedom in their personal life as they believe they are capable of handling more problems and situations than they are often allowed. The Boxcar Children series offer these experiences in the young detective series.
Gertrude Chandler Warner created the Boxcar Children series. She wrote the first nineteen books. Then the publisher continues the series with help from other writers. This young detective book written by a ghost writer is modern. For example, in and earlier book the Bicycle Mystery, the Alden children ride bicycles, but there is no mention of helmets and safety mirrors. However, the items are mentioned in the more recently written The Mystery at Skeleton Point. Also, the later books offer the reader more suspension and tense situations, yet the kids overcome and succeed as siblings.
Other adventures of the Alden children that you may enjoy: The Mystery at the Crooked House (The Boxcar Children Mysteries 79), The Yellow House Mystery (The Boxcar Children, No. 3) and The Candy Factory Mystery (Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials 18)
Note: The Mystery at Skeleton Point young detective is from private library.
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