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Living in a seaside mobile home, the Aldens unravel the secret of two secluded women.


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Living in a seaside mobile home, the Aldens unravel the secret of two secluded women.

30 review for Mystery in the Sand

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    We listened to this book on CD on a long car ride with the kids (12 and 15.) The 12 year old chose the mystery because the beach in the book matched the setting of our trip. However, I think my kids have gotten too old for the Boxcar Children. They loved the series when they were younger, both reading them and listening to them on CD. This time around, the 15 year old couldn't get over the reader's portrayal of Bennie's voice. They "cracked up" as soon as they heard it, and they could hardly pay We listened to this book on CD on a long car ride with the kids (12 and 15.) The 12 year old chose the mystery because the beach in the book matched the setting of our trip. However, I think my kids have gotten too old for the Boxcar Children. They loved the series when they were younger, both reading them and listening to them on CD. This time around, the 15 year old couldn't get over the reader's portrayal of Bennie's voice. They "cracked up" as soon as they heard it, and they could hardly pay attention to the story over the way it sounded. That never bothered them before. They ended up, to entertain themselves, acting out the parts of the story while in the backseat of the car. I must say that this mystery is very mild compared to the others that we enjoyed on this trip - Father Gilbert, Sherlock Holmes - and is undoubtedly for younger children. I did like the lady characters in the book. I've given up wondering why the Boxcar children aren't usually chaperoned, although, by this time in the series, Henry is old enough to be driving a car. In this book, they had a week-long vacation at the beach alone, without any adult supervision. At least the book got us through several long miles.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shonna Froebel

    This is the sixteenth in a series featuring the four Alden siblings, Violet, Jessie, Benny, and Henry. They are staying in a mobile home on the beach while their aunt and uncle, who own it, are away travelling. On their first morning they befriend an older man, Mr. Lee, walking on the beach with his dog, and discover that the strange object he carries is a metal detector. When Mr. Lee allows Benny to try the device, he discovers a locket, and the children try to find the owner using clues the loc This is the sixteenth in a series featuring the four Alden siblings, Violet, Jessie, Benny, and Henry. They are staying in a mobile home on the beach while their aunt and uncle, who own it, are away travelling. On their first morning they befriend an older man, Mr. Lee, walking on the beach with his dog, and discover that the strange object he carries is a metal detector. When Mr. Lee allows Benny to try the device, he discovers a locket, and the children try to find the owner using clues the locket provides. This information leads them to a unique home in the town, where a reclusive woman named Mrs. Smith lives. This book covers issues such as rumours and prejudice, with an emphasis on looking for facts rather than making decisions based on gossip. The children respect each other and others they meet, cleanup after themselves, and work together to get things done. While their behaviour is somewhat formal at times, this is a pleasant read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Callie Stillion

    I wasn`t really catching on to the whole big, 'mystery'. There were no suspects, the Aldens just needed to find who the old locket belonged to. At first, they think it belongs to someone in the Tower House, and it does, just not who they think it should be. As a clue, there is also a fire behind the house. Benny runs to get the firemen, so the fire wouldn`t burn down the house. But as if, only for a short amount of time, the owner of the house comes out to thank them. Soon they find out it belongs I wasn`t really catching on to the whole big, 'mystery'. There were no suspects, the Aldens just needed to find who the old locket belonged to. At first, they think it belongs to someone in the Tower House, and it does, just not who they think it should be. As a clue, there is also a fire behind the house. Benny runs to get the firemen, so the fire wouldn`t burn down the house. But as if, only for a short amount of time, the owner of the house comes out to thank them. Soon they find out it belongs to the short, plump artist in the house, Ruth Lane. They have lunch and give the locket back to her. I thought this book was pretty good!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a fun read-there was a bit more character depth, and the mystery was more interesting than usual. It was also fun to see Violet featured more prominently in the story-usually she barely gets to speak, but this time she was the heroine! Still a fun read for children, and the magic is still there-this book even rekindled the series for me a bit. I would recommend to children working to break into chapter books-or those already into the series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I wonder if Grandfather Alden's wealth was why they always met such famous people. Did he purposely send them to those places? In any case....they're always being intrusive in sweet ways in people's lives and radically changing things. They solved All The Things including secret decade long heartaches. Of course. ;) If only real life were like that. I wonder if Grandfather Alden's wealth was why they always met such famous people. Did he purposely send them to those places? In any case....they're always being intrusive in sweet ways in people's lives and radically changing things. They solved All The Things including secret decade long heartaches. Of course. ;) If only real life were like that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This one seemed a little cutesy and pat for the earlier Boxcar Children books, but was pretty solid compared to some of the stuff that came in the late 90s and 00s. Not my favorite, but not horrible.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rose

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  8. 5 out of 5

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Hazel

    A good series for the young reader.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    great my second favorite

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    the girl was siting in the sand

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    A very good mystery, another case of misunderstanding. I very much enjoyed this story and look forward to getting the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Loved this series when I was younger. I owned every book out at the time. My four year old liked this book and hopefully she will enjoy the rest as much as I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    My children and I enjoyed this audio story while we drove, but oh my, the woman who narrated it sounded just like Steve Urkel when she did Benny's voice. My children and I enjoyed this audio story while we drove, but oh my, the woman who narrated it sounded just like Steve Urkel when she did Benny's voice.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Bagby

    Good story as the Boxcar Children solve another mystery on the beach. When Benny finds an old locket in the sand, the children immediately set out to find its one. Easy read for 2nd & 3rd grades.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This one had me smiling from cover to cover. Oh the feels.

  17. 5 out of 5

    JP

    "This is the funniest thing," said Benny. "Here we are at Aunt Jane and Uncle Andy's new trailer at the beach. A day or so ago we were at home without the least idea of going anywhere at all." The Aldens go to the beach, find a strange old mansion inhabited by an old anti-social woman, inject themselves into her life, and find buried treasure. It's actually a pretty fun book and a pretty neat mystery, although not terribly deep and the insistence that everyone needs to come out of their shells is "This is the funniest thing," said Benny. "Here we are at Aunt Jane and Uncle Andy's new trailer at the beach. A day or so ago we were at home without the least idea of going anywhere at all." The Aldens go to the beach, find a strange old mansion inhabited by an old anti-social woman, inject themselves into her life, and find buried treasure. It's actually a pretty fun book and a pretty neat mystery, although not terribly deep and the insistence that everyone needs to come out of their shells is becoming increasingly obvious. In the tiny kitchen, the two girls worked fast, for they were hungry, too. It's kind of amazing how very sexist the books can be at times. The girls cook and the boys go on adventures. Jessie is described a number of times as the 'housekeeper'. It could very well be that's just their personalities and that's what they love to do... but I doubt that's how it came to be. A sign of the time's it was written in. And later, we get a gem like this: “Now what is going on?” Benny asked himself. “Two people looking at our house.” He tried to tell whether the figures were men or women. “I guess they are men,” he thought. “They have on pants.” One of the walkers on the beach was much smaller than the other. Could it be a man and a boy? But at that moment Benny remembered that everybody at the beach dressed in pants—men, women, boys, and girls. It does drive me a bit batty how they seem oblivious to introverts: “Oh, yes. I have ten cats. I like cats better than people, you see. I try not to have anything to do with people.” Violet thought about that. Here was someone who did not want to make friends. If Ali had not escaped from the house, Violet would never have been invited to come in. Without even having begun to paint, the artist said, “That’s all. Come tomorrow, child.” And she handed Violet a note that said, “Please be ready for me at 10. Thank you.” And: “I know it isn’t,” Benny said. “But I’m making it my business. I really want to know. I know it isn’t polite to ask.” Miss Smith suddenly said, “I don’t blame you a bit. I think you are a very polite boy.” ... why would she say that? It's not a deal breaker, but man it gets more nad more obvious. Random thoughts: "Is it some sort of Geiger counter?" I find it greatly amusing they know what a Geiger counter is (because of Mystery Ranch) but don't know what a metal detector is. Benny said, "It must have been somebody with a lot of money. Look at those towards! One, two, three, four, five towers. Nobody would buy a house like that nowadays.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    This is one of the better books in the series, at least so far. For once, Fucking Benny takes a back seat, and for the first time ever the focus is on Violet. I'm sure it won't last, as Warner ignores the girls most of the time, but for the moment this is a welcome change. Violet, the cat-lover, makes friends with two lonely old ladies who have a lot of cats, and whose lives are improved thereby. It's quiet and gentle and not much happens, but it's a kind little story at heart and I appreciate t This is one of the better books in the series, at least so far. For once, Fucking Benny takes a back seat, and for the first time ever the focus is on Violet. I'm sure it won't last, as Warner ignores the girls most of the time, but for the moment this is a welcome change. Violet, the cat-lover, makes friends with two lonely old ladies who have a lot of cats, and whose lives are improved thereby. It's quiet and gentle and not much happens, but it's a kind little story at heart and I appreciate that. The mystery isn't much of one, but in a book this short it really doesn't need to be. Sugar Cookie is, however, the stupidest name for a cat ever. Violet is too nice to change it, but I would have, first thing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wesley Rea

    This is one of those books that I remember exactly where I was when I was reading it (on a family vacation in Michigan). While the story itself is just alright, the idea of having a metal detector stayed with me for years. It is helping to inspire me now to buy one and do some searching!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jishnu Thakkar

    my favorite character was Benny cause he loves to eat like me nothing surprised me i would not change the ending

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    The mystery wasn’t as intriguing as some of the other stories in the series, but it’s still a good story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    BefuddledPanda

    So cute and adorable

  23. 5 out of 5

    Crissy

    I know these kids go everywhere but who in their right minds allow them to go off this often by themselves.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalia Horzempa

    😍loved it was an amazing mystery like always!😍

  25. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Did not now this was a boxcar children book, it looked interesting! I understand why these were good middle school books. They are very out of date for today's children. Did not now this was a boxcar children book, it looked interesting! I understand why these were good middle school books. They are very out of date for today's children.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Cats and the beach! I like the subtle lessons twined into each of these small adventures. Benny and Violet and Henry and Jessie are the best.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    A classic and well acclaimed series, recommended as a great series for young readers. The Boxcar Children invoke the enjoyment for mystery-solving and having a close relationship with family.

  28. 5 out of 5

    k2148

    For a nostalgic read/listen, you can’t go wrong with this entertaining Children’s mystery series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brenna Mclean

    This book is a graphic novel spinoff of the popular series, the Boxcar Children. In this particular edition, the Aldens are spending their days on the beach and one morning they find a gold necklace in the sand. They go on a search for the owner and are led to the Tower House, which is mysterious and empty. There is a small brush fire, which is quickly put out and the house is saved. The people who lived there thanks them, but still kept to themselves. The next day, Violet saved a kitten from be This book is a graphic novel spinoff of the popular series, the Boxcar Children. In this particular edition, the Aldens are spending their days on the beach and one morning they find a gold necklace in the sand. They go on a search for the owner and are led to the Tower House, which is mysterious and empty. There is a small brush fire, which is quickly put out and the house is saved. The people who lived there thanks them, but still kept to themselves. The next day, Violet saved a kitten from being hit by a car, and it turns out the kitten belonged to the owners of the Tower House. The Aldens become close with the owners, and receive gifts from them as a thank you. I did not enjoy this book. It may be because I do not enjoy graphic novels altogether. I am not a fan of the comic book style reading. The illustrations in this book were colorful and the facial expressions were impressively realistic, but I do not find it enjoyable to be jumping around all over the page reading the speech bubbles above the pictures. As a kid, I absolutely loved reading the Boxcar Children, but I would much rather read them in a chapter book format.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    The Boxcar Children = most read series between the ages of 6 and 9 for me. I think of these fondly. Every child should read this series.

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