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The Yellow House Mystery PDF, ePub eBook The spooky old house on Surprise Island intrigues Benny.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Moore-Morley

    I want to start a new series and call it “Boxcar Therapy” where the Boxcar children are in their 30s and Violet confronts her crippling anxiety, Henry deals with his bisexual tendencies, Benny is married and expects his wife to treat him like his family did and they’re in therapy cause he’s a spoiled little jerk, and Jessie deals with the depression she’s carrying from always having to be the responsible one. I can see them sitting on the couch, Violet with a cigarette in her hand, blowing out th I want to start a new series and call it “Boxcar Therapy” where the Boxcar children are in their 30s and Violet confronts her crippling anxiety, Henry deals with his bisexual tendencies, Benny is married and expects his wife to treat him like his family did and they’re in therapy cause he’s a spoiled little jerk, and Jessie deals with the depression she’s carrying from always having to be the responsible one. I can see them sitting on the couch, Violet with a cigarette in her hand, blowing out the smoke and saying “every time I look at pine needles. I can’t handle it. Who sleeps on pine needles? Why does that make the ground more comfortable?” I too find that very confusing, Violet I’m also not sure why everything said is “cried” or “shouted”. Can’t we just reply, ask or wonder? It leads me to envision these four kids constantly screaming at each other, which can’t help Violets anxiety. It’s also probably more a reflection on me that I expected the dude they found to be a serial killer and he either died while “sleeping” in the back of Joes car or wakes up and runs them off the road. Harsh critique aside. These are childhood classics and I’m so pleased they exist. There’s a simplicity to the rhythm that’s charming and while the kids are sacrine and one demintilnual it’s actually quite nice to escape into that world.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    How do they just keep picking up strays in every book? Introducing more and more characters. Also - that mans house is going to run out of room to keep housing everyone. Going from living alone to suddenly having 8 roommates and a dog? No thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Good story...but weird illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    Continuing my slow reread of this series and although it's definitely a super simplistic read as an adult, it's unintentionally hilarious enough to make up for it. In this third volume the kids find YET ANOTHER estranged person associated with their family [I guess points because it's not actually a relative this time]. Honestly they've gotta knock this off soon because even their mansion can only hold so many people ;) I did find this a bit more interesting than the first two books, although it Continuing my slow reread of this series and although it's definitely a super simplistic read as an adult, it's unintentionally hilarious enough to make up for it. In this third volume the kids find YET ANOTHER estranged person associated with their family [I guess points because it's not actually a relative this time]. Honestly they've gotta knock this off soon because even their mansion can only hold so many people ;) I did find this a bit more interesting than the first two books, although it does follow the same basic premise for the most part. There is actually a lot less focus on food in this one, although it's definitely still an ongoing theme. At least they eat 'normal' food for the most part here, although there was a part where they got super excited over an ENTIRE CHICKEN IN A CAN [gross???] and the many mentions of 'dried eggs' made me shudder a bit because I don't know exactly how that works but again ...sounds really gross. It's interesting I guess from a historical perspective because it just keeps leaving me wondering if kids in the 50s were super obsessed with food or if maybe this is a personal after-effect of hers from living through the depression etc? Another thing that is kind of a disconnect between how people probably read this in the past and how it comes across today is the family's money situation. I mean there's this kind of weird disconnect where it's like they're always trying to portray them as like 'oh we're gonna go camping and we're roughing it and we're making blanket rolls to carry our clothes but also we're going to go buy literally all new camping supplies even though we surely have some old stuff because we've been camping before'. Definitely a weird series to read as an adult but as a kid I didn't notice any of this stuff so it's an interesting thing to revisit.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Meh, or as Benny said so often in this book, Ho-hum. Though he misused what in my experience has always been an indicator of boredom. It was okay, but odd. 1. I don't know too many six-year-old boys who can't wait for a wedding, unless it's for the cake. Particularly Benny, particularly in the 1950s. They would see it as torture, having to bathe and dress up and be on best behaviour. 2. How many newlyweds rush off to spend two weeks in a barn? Particularly a barn whose only sleeping arrangements a Meh, or as Benny said so often in this book, Ho-hum. Though he misused what in my experience has always been an indicator of boredom. It was okay, but odd. 1. I don't know too many six-year-old boys who can't wait for a wedding, unless it's for the cake. Particularly Benny, particularly in the 1950s. They would see it as torture, having to bathe and dress up and be on best behaviour. 2. How many newlyweds rush off to spend two weeks in a barn? Particularly a barn whose only sleeping arrangements are piles of scratchy straw. 3. Violet reminds Benny that the newlyweds aren't necessarily going to want the kids around all the time, even though they all live in the same house. Benny blithely replies that the kids should make up a list of activities and get the new couple to come along with them, then! Grandpa laughs and says it's a good idea. I'm sure. 4. The couple comes back with a bran-spankin-new stationwagon (1950s status symbol par excellence) and it is taken as read that they bought it so they can haul their little cousins around everywhere they go. 5. The family is so wealthy they don't bother to take camping stuff and supplies along; oh no, they just buy it all at the overpriced camping store on the lake, and the bride's reaction to having to buy it all a second time is, "What fun!" However they do sew up the kids' blankets into bedrolls because, you know, Violet mustn't be uncomfortable! Sod little Benny, it's okay if he and the others get pneumonia, but we must look after our shrinking Violet. This doesn't stop them making beds of pine boughs this time--can you imagine anything more uncomfortable to sleep on?--and living on diluted canned milk and potatoes for a couple of days. In the end of course it all comes out right and they continue to throw money and houses around like it's nothing. A weird bunch.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Abney

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What the eff, Bill? Bill is possibly one of the dumbest characters ever to have been written and let me tell you why. 1. He lends his sketchy brother his boss's money without any explanation about what will be done with it. Then he fails to make clear arrangements for how he will get the money back, so when his brother dies unexpectedly, he doesn't know where to find the money. 2. In an attempt to get the money from Bill, the sketchy brother's equally sketchy friends tell him that his wife has die What the eff, Bill? Bill is possibly one of the dumbest characters ever to have been written and let me tell you why. 1. He lends his sketchy brother his boss's money without any explanation about what will be done with it. Then he fails to make clear arrangements for how he will get the money back, so when his brother dies unexpectedly, he doesn't know where to find the money. 2. In an attempt to get the money from Bill, the sketchy brother's equally sketchy friends tell him that his wife has died in a fire. Instead of investigating whether it's true, he just blindly accepts that she's dead. **Spoiler Alert: She's not.** 3. Instead of going back to his kind boss/family friend and explaining the situation and, I don't know, confirming if his wife is alive, BIll decides to become a hermit and mourn his not-actually-dead wife. What a tool.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kuntz

    The Yellow House Mystery is about how the Boxcar Children find out how a man named Bill Macgregor vanishes in the summer. They find a note that says to go to Bare Trail to find 'THE MONEY ' as the book said. They go to Bare Trail and they find a man who lives in the woods. He is called Dave Hunter. They have to find 'THE MONEY' and Bill. Maybe Dave Hunter is Bill Macgregor. You have to read the book to find out what happens.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    The Boxcar Children are trying to solve a 40 year old mystery that takes them from Surprise Island all the way up to Maine on a rugged and amazing camping trip. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the descriptions of camping. And thought that the book as a whole came to a really satisfying conclusion. Great series!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christine Hwang

    The Yellow House Mystery is the first book in the Boxcar Mystery series to have a real mystery and is one my favorites. Readers will enjoy this fun quick read with a wonderful canoeing/camping adventure mixed in with the mystery. It is a great introduction to the mystery genre for young readers.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    I found like five typing mistakes in this but it just adds to the quirkiness in owning such an old book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cadence Carr

    "I like the that Mrs. McGregor and Bill found each other again." -Cadee, age 6

  12. 4 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    What the hell. Poor kind old Mrs. MacGregor, the housekeeper to all these children, used to be married to a thief, who ran off to do thieving things and left her alone for 40 odd years, never knowing if he were dead or alive. It turns out hubby has been living as a hermit, having stupidly swallowed a cock and bull story that his wife was dead (and even more stupidly failing to check, because the source of his info was criminal and vicious and oh, so trustworthy!). Four meddling children reunite What the hell. Poor kind old Mrs. MacGregor, the housekeeper to all these children, used to be married to a thief, who ran off to do thieving things and left her alone for 40 odd years, never knowing if he were dead or alive. It turns out hubby has been living as a hermit, having stupidly swallowed a cock and bull story that his wife was dead (and even more stupidly failing to check, because the source of his info was criminal and vicious and oh, so trustworthy!). Four meddling children reunite them, and this is supposed to be a happy ending?! All I can think is Mrs. MacGregor, who has missed out on her life and any potential family, has been screwed over but good.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I reread this book as an adult and I can see what my friend was saying about classism in the books. There definitely is some sense that non-wealthy people don't count in Ms. Warner's world. But the world is fun and the struggles and independence of the kids feel believable. There is some sexual division of labor, but it reads like Ms. Warner was a feminist for her time period - she believed that girls could do just as much and contribute just as much as boys, even if she acknowledged they were p I reread this book as an adult and I can see what my friend was saying about classism in the books. There definitely is some sense that non-wealthy people don't count in Ms. Warner's world. But the world is fun and the struggles and independence of the kids feel believable. There is some sexual division of labor, but it reads like Ms. Warner was a feminist for her time period - she believed that girls could do just as much and contribute just as much as boys, even if she acknowledged they were physically weaker and might do more cooking and caring rather than physical labor. I think these books would still very much be good for kids today and perhaps might help encourage them to engage in physical activities and be outside.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ronan Drew

    Book 3 of the Boxcar Children

  15. 4 out of 5

    Niharikaa

    it was exciting and u could also at the end of the story guess who was the person they were looking for.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shemaiah

    The boys really enjoyed this mystery and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Me? I think I'm done reading Boxcar Children books

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nevada Libert

    i love reading box car to my brothers. me and my brothers love the mysterys in the box car sires.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    The best word I have to describe this book would be “quaint”. Written in the 1950’s, it gives off a very Pleasantville vibe. Everything in the Boxcar children’s lives is just swell, even when they run into setbacks. Of course, this was written for children, therefore I’m sure the characters were intended to model ideal behavior. As to the mystery - it was fairly straightforward. No major twists or turns. Again, very much intended for children. I’d be very curious if kids today would find these sto The best word I have to describe this book would be “quaint”. Written in the 1950’s, it gives off a very Pleasantville vibe. Everything in the Boxcar children’s lives is just swell, even when they run into setbacks. Of course, this was written for children, therefore I’m sure the characters were intended to model ideal behavior. As to the mystery - it was fairly straightforward. No major twists or turns. Again, very much intended for children. I’d be very curious if kids today would find these stories interesting or if they would just be confused/blown away by the old-fashioned technology. Read for the 2018 Reading Challenge prompt, “A book with your favorite color in the title”.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    A sweet little mystery with the Alden kids from the original Box Car Children book. In this story, the kids discover a mystery surrounding the yellow house on Surprise Island, and they are determined to solve the mystery and find the missing man, Bill. They take a trip upstate on their search, and discover the truth. A fun, clean, simple read that is a great introductory mystery book for kids. My older kids love this whole series, but I read this book to my five year old son, and he just loved it A sweet little mystery with the Alden kids from the original Box Car Children book. In this story, the kids discover a mystery surrounding the yellow house on Surprise Island, and they are determined to solve the mystery and find the missing man, Bill. They take a trip upstate on their search, and discover the truth. A fun, clean, simple read that is a great introductory mystery book for kids. My older kids love this whole series, but I read this book to my five year old son, and he just loved it.A

  20. 5 out of 5

    Misbah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While revisiting the yellow house on surprise island the Alden kids learn of the mystery of their housekeepers long lost husband. Following his 40 year old trail, they end up in the woods. They have a loot off fun camping out. A strange nomads lives deep in the woods and they happen upon his home. Hearing about his story, they figure out that he might be the long lost Bill. Bill had taken money from Mr. Alden and misplaced it and had been to ashamed to go back without it. The Alden kids help fin While revisiting the yellow house on surprise island the Alden kids learn of the mystery of their housekeepers long lost husband. Following his 40 year old trail, they end up in the woods. They have a loot off fun camping out. A strange nomads lives deep in the woods and they happen upon his home. Hearing about his story, they figure out that he might be the long lost Bill. Bill had taken money from Mr. Alden and misplaced it and had been to ashamed to go back without it. The Alden kids help find the money and bring Bill back home for a grand reunion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here’s the rundown: To solve a mystery abt this yellow house where sb went missing, four kids and their adult cousin Joe and his wife Alice go to the Bear Trail without any camping supplies and choose to buy expensive food from the snack bar at the camp because Why not, we’re rich kids? Then they complain abt not having nice place to sleep THIS IS CAMPING KIDS! The bear scene was so unreal, It’s ok kids, the take this bright dazzling light and shine it in the bear’s eyes so that it will run away Here’s the rundown: To solve a mystery abt this yellow house where sb went missing, four kids and their adult cousin Joe and his wife Alice go to the Bear Trail without any camping supplies and choose to buy expensive food from the snack bar at the camp because Why not, we’re rich kids? Then they complain abt not having nice place to sleep THIS IS CAMPING KIDS! The bear scene was so unreal, It’s ok kids, the take this bright dazzling light and shine it in the bear’s eyes so that it will run away and will not maul us to shreds!! Sorry but this is a one-star for me. Not a great book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tnb

    This is only the second book in the series that I have read but I do dare say that the series may be less appealing to today's young readers. The settings of the mysteries are fine and maybe the sole reason children would read these books. The writing is easy but dull. Every second of the adventure is recorded, leaving the reader to wonder "is it all important". I think that there are better stories in the market which present more engaging stories with better writing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    The Yellow House Mystery is the first book in the Boxcar Mystery series to have a real mystery and is one my favorites. Readers will enjoy this fun quick read with a wonderful canoeing/camping adventure mixed in with the mystery. It is a great introduction to the mystery genre for young readers. Recommended for grades 2-4. Lexile level: 440 Reviewed by Christine Hwang, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  24. 4 out of 5

    B

    A friend told me, that when she was a child, this was her favorite of the popular mystery series that everyone was reading at that time. Our library just got new copies of the entire series so I tried the 3rd one in the series. I'm sorry I missed it as a child. Although these books are simplistic, there is a lot of warmth and sly humor between the four siblings and the people they encounter. Now I have to read the first one...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I am reading this series for the first time, and while I don't love these books personally so far, my two young sons (ages 3 and 5) are absolutely loving every minute of our read-aloud time. These are the first chapter books they have ever sat still for. There must be some magic here that my grown-up mind doesn't get! Regardless, since my boys enjoyed this one, it's a win for me too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Carr

    I'm certainly enjoying rereading these titles with my kids. Each of the Alden children have unique personalities. They were quite intuitive with his mystery and pulling the pieces together, it wouldn't have been possible without family resources and adults to help but still a fun story regardless.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mom

    I'm not very excitable and this book is vary fun and exciting to me no doubt about that. I chouse this rating because I love it nd it makes me very excited about reading and I hope to read all of the bopks

  28. 5 out of 5

    Myra Blake

    Another charming book in this quaint series. It is a fun little mystery and also has some interesting bits about canoeing and camping. I enjoy reading the books in this series because they remind me of books I read in school when I had just learned to read well.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Collins

    The Boxcar Children: The Yellow House Mystery is a fantastic book that keeps you on your toes. There is so much action that takes place throughout the entire book. I believe this series would be a great one to have in a classroom library.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Nessler

    Installment #3 and still interesting. Such a quaint group of children very neat characters and intertwining stories. Such simplistic mysteries involved however very cozy quick reading. The Boxcar Children series is fantastic!

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