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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This went in a completely different direction than I was anticipating. Bus Station Mystery starts off with the Aldens deciding to go to a hobby fair a couple towns over and they choose to take the bus. While waiting at a bus station for the next bus to arrive, a nasty thunderstorm traps them at the station for several hours. However, there are shenanigans afoot at this bus station. Upon arrival, two boys get thrown out of the station by the owner of the building and he leaves the Aldens with ins This went in a completely different direction than I was anticipating. Bus Station Mystery starts off with the Aldens deciding to go to a hobby fair a couple towns over and they choose to take the bus. While waiting at a bus station for the next bus to arrive, a nasty thunderstorm traps them at the station for several hours. However, there are shenanigans afoot at this bus station. Upon arrival, two boys get thrown out of the station by the owner of the building and he leaves the Aldens with instructions not to let them back in while he goes to his house to prepare for the storm. The owner appears to be agitated and unpredictable, he is hospitable in one moment and very angry the next. After he leaves, the Aldens explore the building and find glass beakers full of water samples, aquatic plants, and textbooks on chemistry. Against the owner's wishes, the Aldens let the boys back in when lightning starts striking in the area. They find the boys to be odd but then suddenly the storm clears as quickly as it came and the boys leave the station. Soon after, the bus arrives and the Aldens ride over to the hobby fair where they find interesting things such as pottery, clocks, random collections, wildlife exhibits, fishing gear, and more. There is also another table for Mr. Pickett's Perfect Paints, and while the Aldens are there the random boys from earlier show up and start picketing Mr. Pickett's table. This is basically where the story takes off and we find out that the people in the Bus Station town are all angry because Mr. Pickett's new factory is polluting the area. The river is full of waste, the fish and plants are dying, and the surrounding wildlife is being drastically affected. Furthermore, the quality of air in the area has been negatively impacted. This is what has the Bus Station owner so upset, because he lives along the river and is a chemist and he sees how quickly it is being ruined. Mr. Pickett argues that it doesn't matter if he's destroying the area - his factory provides jobs and boosts the economy of the area so he sees no issue. The Aldens soon end up at the center of things. This installment of the Boxcar Children really lacks a lot of mystery. (view spoiler)[The only mystery that they solve here is that the boys picketing Mr. Pickett are his own sons. However, one can predict that quite easily from the beginning. All these events end up culminating in a town hall meeting where the Aldens show up and bring their grandfather to show that you can run factories without producing harmful wastes. He offers to show Mr. Pickett how to accomplish these things and the town comes to a peaceful compromise where they all keep their jobs, boost the economy, and protect the surrounding environment. (hide spoiler)] Since I majored in aquatic and marine biology, I really ended up enjoying where this story went. This book was published a year after the EPA went into effect, and I think its awesome that Gertrude Chandler Warner was tackling this topic at the time. It's amazing to know that an author I admired so much as a child was writing about serious issues impacting our environment to a young audience so that they could understand what was going on with factories and pollution too. Certain people still can't wrap their minds around it 50 years later. ... But I digress.

  2. 4 out of 5

    hedgehog

    Some historical context here: Bus Station Mystery was originally published in 1974. It was only two years earlier that the insecticide DDT was banned. The Endangered Species act was signed at the tail end of 1973, just before this book came out on shelves. So the environmentalist message here was very much topical! It is also, because Warner was very conscious about writing a simplified story, with simple language, HILARIOUS. Mr. Pickett, of Pickett's Perfect Paints factory, has been polluting t Some historical context here: Bus Station Mystery was originally published in 1974. It was only two years earlier that the insecticide DDT was banned. The Endangered Species act was signed at the tail end of 1973, just before this book came out on shelves. So the environmentalist message here was very much topical! It is also, because Warner was very conscious about writing a simplified story, with simple language, HILARIOUS. Mr. Pickett, of Pickett's Perfect Paints factory, has been polluting the river with his horrible manufacturing processes! The fish are all dying and the town stinks! The EPA was only formed in 1970, and so one can assume Mr. Pickett rolled up his sleeves and gave any barebones regulations two middle fingers. I mean, it was the 1970s. Even Frank the angry chemist activist bus station restaurant owner (LOL) was probably sitting inside an asbestos-lined bus station. Who knows! Anyway, the story ends in a TOWN HALL MEETING where the CONCERNED CITIZENS stand up and give Mr. Pickett a piece of their minds! Mr. Pickett is so sorry, but... but.... profits? Luckily, the Aldens to the rescue! I have to quote this entire thing; it's incredible: Mr. Pickett stood up [...] "I do want to be a good neighbor to Frank and to everyone. But who can show me how to run my factory and keep the river clean?" [...] Mr. Alden stood up and smiled. [...] "I have had some of the same troubles in my plastics factories that you have had," he explained. "Bad odors. Polluted water. In my plants we have found a way to burn the bad-smelling gases before they go up the chimney. We need a great deal of water. But we use the same water over and over. Not a bit of dirty water empties into any river or sewer." "None?" asked Mr. Pickett. "None. The dirty water goes into big tanks. The dirt and pollution settle to the bottom of the tanks. Clean water rises to the top. It can be used again, and the tanks are cleaned out to hold more water." Mr. Pickett was listening carefully. Mr. Alden continued, "You probably have a dust problem in your factory, too. That's not bad for the river, but it is bad for your workers. We use a huge suction machine to ull the dust out of the air so that the air is safe to breathe. [...] If Mr. Pickett agrees, I'll be glad to take him to my factories and show him what we do. My men will explain how the air and water are kept clean. I will be happy to talk with him about the business details." Then Grandfather Alden and Mr. Pickett shake hands, and EVERYONE IN THE ROOM CLAPS. - Mr. Pickett is a Good Capitalist, and so is Mr. Alden, so now it is OK for him to be filthy rich, buying his grandchildren entire lighthouses and shit - Yes, I will just love dumping millions of dollars into cleaning up his factories because I care about not exploiting my cheap labor, said no manufacturing company ever - I can't believe Grandpa Alden just mansplained a water treatment plant to a guy who is presumably about his age and understands what these things are LMAO - Mr. Pickett just straight up admits he's giving his workers black lung disease or whatever is going on in this dusty, carcinogen-riddled factory. Enjoy those lawsuits! - Honestly my theory about Mafia Don James Alden is only growing. Look at how happy he is to snare Mr. Pickett into "business details". He's gonna buy out this dude's company. He is gonna put this guy in debt. AMAZING - There's also an issue earlier in the book where Frank the bus station owner is in danger of losing his home because Mr. Pickett wants to plow it all for a parking lot, and has bought all the surrounding area already. I just want to say that these 3rd-grade-level books are not the place to discuss easements, but come ON, Mr. Pickett! I don't think that's legal! Where else are you prepared to cut corners, huh? Huh??? I'm not gonna lie, though, the simplicity of the Rich Factory Owner giving up in the course of one town hall meeting makes me want to boot Scott Pruitt back into this book series and wait for Gramps Alden to throw him into a waste treatment plant.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JP

    The Boxcar Children are on their way to a fair and get stranded at the titular Bus Station by a storm. Of course, a mystery is brewing (otherwise, why would we be reading this book). Fish are dying, paints are poisoning, and family is fighting. The bus station itself makes for a pretty interesting setting and the characters are ... mostly fine. On one hand, if people would just talk a bit more, there would be rather less mystery. On the other hand, the Aldens are strangers sticking their noses i The Boxcar Children are on their way to a fair and get stranded at the titular Bus Station by a storm. Of course, a mystery is brewing (otherwise, why would we be reading this book). Fish are dying, paints are poisoning, and family is fighting. The bus station itself makes for a pretty interesting setting and the characters are ... mostly fine. On one hand, if people would just talk a bit more, there would be rather less mystery. On the other hand, the Aldens are strangers sticking their noses in the whole mess, so why would everyone want to talk to them in the first place. And then there's this: Mr. Pickett [said] ... "I do want to be a good neighbor to Frank and to everyone. But who can show me how to run my factory and keep the river clean?" ... Mr. Alden stood up and smiled. ... "I have had some of the same troubles in my plastics factories that you have had," he explained. "Bad odors. Polluted water. In my plants we have found a way to burn the bad-smelling gases before they go up the chimney. We need a great deal of water. But we use the same water over and over. Not a bit of dirty water empties into any river or sewer." This is just... bizarre. Is water treatment such a mystery? I fully expect that Mr. Pickett wasn't cleaning the water because it was cheaper and no one was forcing him to, not because he didn't know how... It just feels... weird. It's fine. But certainly not one of the best books of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Misbah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. On the way to the Carnival, the Alden kids discover a mystery at the bus station that involves the Bus Station manager and two young boys. The Aldens soon learn that there is a chemical plant polluting the water and the two boys are picketing against it. They get their grandpa involved and go attend the town meeting regarding the chemical plant and whether it should be shut down. The townspeople vote to close down the plant but Mr. Alden steps in with a better plan. He had the same issues with On the way to the Carnival, the Alden kids discover a mystery at the bus station that involves the Bus Station manager and two young boys. The Aldens soon learn that there is a chemical plant polluting the water and the two boys are picketing against it. They get their grandpa involved and go attend the town meeting regarding the chemical plant and whether it should be shut down. The townspeople vote to close down the plant but Mr. Alden steps in with a better plan. He had the same issues with his plant and he had devised a system that would let the plant function as is and also save the local river. Everybody is happy with the new plan.

  5. 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. The Alden's want to go to a fair, and are held up by a late bus. They encounter near tornadic weather, heavy rains, mysterious boys, a disgruntled bus station attendant with a history and a mystery and even a spot of river pollution! Benny is overly curious throughout the whole book, always wanting to know m 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. The Alden's want to go to a fair, and are held up by a late bus. They encounter near tornadic weather, heavy rains, mysterious boys, a disgruntled bus station attendant with a history and a mystery and even a spot of river pollution! Benny is overly curious throughout the whole book, always wanting to know more and try and help.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    Going on a day trip and end up being stranded at the bus station. Sounds pretty average for my trips but then the owner leaves strangers alone to go check on his home. Things aren't adding up and the kids need to make more trips to get to the bottom of things.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery Worrell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book and how clever all the characters are in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    This mystery was simple and had an environmental twist to it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    Pollution prevention These cute adventure stories are still relevant for today's kids as well as when they were written. Great kids, interested in others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Darais

    I read this book all in one day, I love the boxcar children. This book was full of mystery and secrets uncover at the most surprising moments!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Rea

    Surprisingly good, and touched on some subject matter that’s still relevant. Definitely recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was another fun Boxcar children read, the extra star is for the focus on pollution and the environment. Violet was barely allowed to speak, which was disappointing, but was otherwise this book was par for the Boxcar course. I would recommend to those dutiful fans of the Boxcar series, or any looking for an introductory chapter book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Misteroshell

    *pages-114* this book is so awsome. it keeps you at the edge of your seat. but this author is known for all of these awsome mysteries. the kids in this book are trying to figure a mystery out that is envolving CANDY!!! yum yum yum!!! i would recomend this book/series to anyone who likes mysteries and games in the bak of there books.*Essence* >pages complete-636< hey mister oshell i made a mistake by chosing the worg book title the books actual title isthe candy factory mystery. special#18 *pages-114* this book is so awsome. it keeps you at the edge of your seat. but this author is known for all of these awsome mysteries. the kids in this book are trying to figure a mystery out that is envolving CANDY!!! yum yum yum!!! i would recomend this book/series to anyone who likes mysteries and games in the bak of there books.*Essence* >pages complete-636< hey mister oshell i made a mistake by chosing the worg book title the books actual title isthe candy factory mystery. special#18

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Just bought the last two books to complete my collection of the original 19 Boxcar novels as written by GC Warner. It's always fun to step back in time, and this installment expounding on the perils of pollution is still relevant even now, almost four decades since it was written. If you have children you would do well to introduce them to this series, the earlier the better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A gardener/bus station owner/diner cook/chemist? Needs help from the environmental activist Alden kids who fall into the situation? And then their wealthy grandfather makes it all happen and the evil company immediately changes it's mind? YEP. ;)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Willow

    I'm working on entering all the books I've ever read. This book was one of them. I read this book a long time ago.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cws

    JEAR3-War

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    A good series for the young reader.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    My kindergarten daughter loves the Boxcar children and enjoyed this mystery very much.

  20. 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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    My kids always enjoy listening to the Boxcar Children. I good story about pollution and being a good neighbor.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Chapman

    Little boy and I just listened to this tale of mystery. The weaving of the environmental issues in the story was forced but a good introduction to the problems of today to a seven year old.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    i like reading these books :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Really quick read. There were s many unanswered questions, I just couldn't stop reading it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kiri Dawn

    Started this book as a read aloud at breakfast and had it finished by naptime. The kids really enjoyed it but also found it a little slow in places.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    Read May 11, 2019

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Mirarchi

    Great book this was a really great book to read!! it was very interesting and I didn't want to stop reading. Awesome read !

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)

    One of my favorite childhood series. I read over a hundred of them. The first 50 or so were in order; after that I read whatever book I could get my hands on :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Y

    Your typical Fern Gully type moral, shoehorned into a "mystery" plot. Honestly, not that bad, but I somehow doubt many young readers will find descriptions of civic meetings entertaining.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jazli Lopez

    I like this book. I think having a mystery to solve would be fun!

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