Saturday, February 7, 2009

Review of The Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

In the eighth book of "The Boxcar Children" series, the Alden children and their grandfather are renting a lighthouse for the summer. They anticipate a quiet summer by the sea, but find themselves investigating a mystery instead. Their dog wakes up growling each evening, and an unknown woman is seen wandering the grounds.

When the children befriend a troubled but gifted young man, Larry Cook, they discover that he is using the abandoned lighthouse keeper's cottage for scientific experiments. The boy's father has forbidden him from attending college, so Larry continues his studies in secret. When Larry becomes lost during a summer storm, will his father have a change of heart?

I read this book as a child and greatly enjoyed revisiting it as an adult. The Lighthouse Mystery perfectly combines intrigue, adventure and a strong moral message. Highly recommended for young readers.

Rating: 8/10.

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7 comments:

  1. this was one of my favorite boxcar children books. love all the food in it too lol

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  2. Oh yes, the descriptions of the food were wonderful. I also really liked how they made a table and chairs out on the rocks.

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  3. Oh, I used to love the Boxcar Children books! Unfortunately I think I borrowed them from the library so I don't have any to revisit. Definitely a project for the future, thanks for reminding me.

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  4. I might have already mentioned this, but my kids loved this series. I think they read everyone they could get their hands on...lol!

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  5. The Boxcar Children books were my favourite books growing up! I still have about 30 of them in boxes in the loft!

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  6. I LOVED the Boxcar Children growing up. I am so happy I came across this. Definitely going on my list to read them all again

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  7. even though im 9 i love to read the boxcar children and i will read them forever.

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