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Yellow House Mystery [Paperback]

Gertrude Chandler Warner
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Jan. 1 1989 Boxcar Children Mysteries (Book 3)

The spooky old house on Surprise Island intrigues Benny.


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Read by Phyllis Newman
Two cassettes / 2 hours 46 mins.

The empty yellow house on Grandpa Alden's island was shrouded in Mystery for over 40 years.  When Grandpa tells Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden of the curious circumstances in which the house became vacant, the children are not satisfied to leave the story unfinished.  Determined to solve the mystery, the children uncover a trail of clues that lead them all the way to the woods of Maine.

With Joe and his new wife, Alice, as guides, the children learn the ways of the wild--cooking on an open fire, catching fish for dinner, and making beds with evergreen boughs and blankets.  More than once, the children are reminded of their boxcar days while piecing together the puzzle of the yellow house, until they reach the heartwarming conclusion.

About the Author

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Third Book Continues Strong March 3 2012
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Reason for Reading: This is part of my Random Bookshelf Reading project. I'm also working on re-reading this series and collecting the first 19.

Yellow House follows the established pattern of the first two books and yet also branches out a bit. The children go back to Surprise Island and end up on an adventure that has them roughing it and living outdoors, camping, canoeing and taking care of themselves, as usual. The children are a bit older this time with both Henry and Jessie in high school, Violet 12 and Benny 7, making the book suitable for a wide range of ages at the time it was written. The new character picked up in the last book joins in as an important member of the cast of characters. Yellow House is the first time the series really brings us a mystery, as the first two really only dealt with mysterious people, whose identities the children figured out by the end of the book, though others knew the secret. This time somewhat in the same vein but still different we have a missing persons case and the children find clues and search out the long lost person. For an adult the mystery is weak and unbelievable but as a first introduction to the genre it is a fun romp and I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying myself with the read. The amiable, well-mannered children of yester-year who love to play outside are a breath of fresh air themselves. Both my boys enjoyed these books so I know they are still appealing to today's kids and I think it's because of the freedom the Alden children have to wander far and wide in the outdoors with minimum adult supervision; something virtually unknown to this generation in today's modern world. This book also brings about the first time the children refer to themselves as the "Boxcar Children". The book concludes with another addition to the Alden family household and I think we probably have our full cast of regular characters set for further novels. A strong book in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery for children Sept. 20 2002
Format:Hardcover
This was the first real mystery story I ever read, when I was about eight or nine years old, and I madly adored it, except that for some reason the part about the grating brick freaked me out. It has never scared any other child I know who read the book, but for some reason after reading that I couldn't go to sleep for a long time many nights! It really is a well-thought-out mystery - I always thought it was, but after it scared me I didn't dare to read it again for years!
But last week I read it again, and enjoyed it very much again. Of course nothing is as exciting to the adult mind in such a book as it is to a child, but I can still see the appeal in the story and get pleasure from reading it all the same.
Basically the story is... Grandfather's "Surprise Island" has a little yellow house on it. The children sense there is a mystery about it, so they ask Grandfather to tell them about it. He says that a man named Bill lived there with his wife. He disappeared one day, presumably with a large amount of money, and no one was ever able to find where he went. But the Boxcar children are always ready for a challenge and they set off to look for Bill.
Excellent story that all boys and girls should read or have read to them.
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Format:Paperback
When I was a child, I had a very hard time concentrating on reading. That was untill my mom entroduced me to the Box car children. I have never forgotten about those kids. It is my favorite child hood story. I always wished that I had have my own box car to go to. I think it the best fantasy land any child could ever enter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the plot in this story. Feb. 15 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I liked the part when Benny found a box of money when he was playing with a frog.I also liked the part when the four childern's grandfather told them a story about when he was a boy.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  34 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Alden children go camping and solve a mystery Oct. 19 2006
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In this third entry in the Boxcar Children series the Alden children (Henry 16, Jessie 14, Violet 12 and Benny 7), ask their grandfather about the mysterious yellow house on their island. He tells them a story about the long missing Bill McGregor, husband of the family housekeeper. The children and their cousin Joe and his new bride Alice decide to locate the missing man when they uncover an overlooked clue to his whereabouts. The six set out to Maine following the clue and along the way have many adventures.

This book was originally written in 1953 by a teacher who combined a basic vocabulary and exciting storyline in order to entice young readers. Her formula was and is a great success. To an adult the mysteries involved are rather simplistic, the situations more than a little unrealistic and the characters quite wooden but to the children the stories are written for these are exciting stories with thrilling adventures around every twist and turn. Just the thing to get a reluctant reader inspired to read for fun.

In the early sixties one of my teachers kept our 5th grade class entralled by reading to us the last few minutes of each day. The Boxcar Children were always a popular choice, the short cliffhanger style chapters kept us anxiously waiting for the next reading and stirred up more than a few schoolyard discussions on what might happen next. It inspired me to go canoe camping in the northwoods years later and share that adventure and The Boxcar Children with my children.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have never forgotten the book, neither will my kids. Oct. 18 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I was a child, I had a very hard time concentrating on reading. That was untill my mom entroduced me to the Box car children. I have never forgotten about those kids. It is my favorite child hood story. I always wished that I had have my own box car to go to. I think it the best fantasy land any child could ever enter.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! my name is abby Jan. 22 2011
By Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
WOOOOOOOOW such a good book I can't wait to read the next one and the next and so on ........i am speechless it was so great
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! March 17 2010
By Katt978 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this series as a child and now I'm working on collecting them for my daughter. These books are wholesome and well written. I am looking forward to sharing them with my child!
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE BCC BOOKS! March 26 2014
By Rheaume1961 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Context is great for a first grader, reading level is a little higher than that. Will keep their skills sharp!
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