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Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright pu Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright purple! Who would do that? And why?


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Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright pu Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright purple! Who would do that? And why?

30 review for The Mystery of the Purple Pool

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janete

    The plot and the conclusion weren't thrilling at all. This book was the less interesting that I read from this series. Second time reading: with Scribd audio. Synopsis: "Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimmin The plot and the conclusion weren't thrilling at all. This book was the less interesting that I read from this series. Second time reading: with Scribd audio. Synopsis: "Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and they're going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright purple! Who would do that? And why?"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    I've said it before, I'll say it again: every Boxcar Children book where they don't live in the boxcar anymore is GARBAGE http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers... I've said it before, I'll say it again: every Boxcar Children book where they don't live in the boxcar anymore is GARBAGE http://www.frowl.org/worstbestsellers...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    All I can hear in my head when they go to new York is N-Y-C from annie!!!! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    I read this book as part of a challenge to read something with your favorite color in the title. I LOVED Boxcar Children when I was younger, so I was interested to see how they hold up. My main takeaway is that the illustrations were TERRIFYING, perhaps made by something that has heard humans described, but has never seen one in real life. Also (view spoiler)[the mystery was resolved by having the bad guy DROP A LETTER CONFESSING HIS CRIMES in front of the children by accident (hide spoiler)] . I I read this book as part of a challenge to read something with your favorite color in the title. I LOVED Boxcar Children when I was younger, so I was interested to see how they hold up. My main takeaway is that the illustrations were TERRIFYING, perhaps made by something that has heard humans described, but has never seen one in real life. Also (view spoiler)[the mystery was resolved by having the bad guy DROP A LETTER CONFESSING HIS CRIMES in front of the children by accident (hide spoiler)] . I need more agency from my main character(s), even in children's lit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gustav

    The book I read was called The Mystery of the Purple Pool. This was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This book is really amazing. I was the first mystery book I read and it made get right into liking mystery books. This book really affected me, it turn reading into something fun instead of boring. This was the third boxcar children book I read and I enjoyed the last 2 but not as much as I enjoyed this one. The book was about 4 kids named Alden with their grandpa going to stay in New York for The book I read was called The Mystery of the Purple Pool. This was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This book is really amazing. I was the first mystery book I read and it made get right into liking mystery books. This book really affected me, it turn reading into something fun instead of boring. This was the third boxcar children book I read and I enjoyed the last 2 but not as much as I enjoyed this one. The book was about 4 kids named Alden with their grandpa going to stay in New York for the first time. They stayed in a hotel called the Plymouth Hotel. But the service was bad. The people who carry bags disappeared. They first met the hotel manager and the supervisor so the kids and their grandpa reported it to them. They planned to go swimming but the pool was purple because someone had dyed it. So they decided to find out who dyed the pool. They had some suspects like a woman whose brother got fired, a secretive woman who writes thing in her notes and the maid who didn't clean the room for a guest. They didn’t put the person who did it on the suspect list. They met a new kid so they went to the empire State Building. When they returned they were going to check if the pool was back but it was empty so they had another plan. Their plan had to wait because they got stuck in an elevator. There was a phone in the elevator but the Aldens didn't know how to use, but the new kid they met knew how so they called emergency and got out of the elevator. In the end it was the supervisor who turned the pool purple and broke the elevator so that he can become the new manager. This is why I think the book is amazing I strongly recommend this book to a lot of people. It is easy to get sucked in The Mystery of the Purple Pool. I would recommend this book to people who like reading mystery and people who like watching or reading scooby doo. This book is a really fun book and you will want to read the rest of the other boxcar children book written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    I listened to this just for fun. It is still a cute mystery. The writing style did get to me after awhile as it was obviously meant for little kids, but I still enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like was the narrarator who did this audio book. She did a horrible voice for Benny. Ugg, it was like nails on a chalk board. I listened to this just for fun. It is still a cute mystery. The writing style did get to me after awhile as it was obviously meant for little kids, but I still enjoyed it. The only thing I didn't like was the narrarator who did this audio book. She did a horrible voice for Benny. Ugg, it was like nails on a chalk board.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Kaste

    I read this series when i was young. I loved revisiting this stories for the reading challenge this year. The kids are super cute and have such a fun time discovering the mystery. The most unbelievable part of this whole story was that their grandfather let them wonder anywhere they wanted to go through New York City. The city was New York City of my youth including a reference to seeing the Twin Towers. It is strange to come across references like that and knowing what is going to become the ci I read this series when i was young. I loved revisiting this stories for the reading challenge this year. The kids are super cute and have such a fun time discovering the mystery. The most unbelievable part of this whole story was that their grandfather let them wonder anywhere they wanted to go through New York City. The city was New York City of my youth including a reference to seeing the Twin Towers. It is strange to come across references like that and knowing what is going to become the city. It is a cute young readers novel and it was a joy to listen to.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I enjoyed this story more as a kid than as an adult. Actually, rereading it... I couldn't understand why I enjoyed it so much as a child. It's really simplistic and the way the kids solved the mystery wasn't actually by deduction at all. They were basically handed the answer. I was also surprised how little Bobby showed up, I thought they spent a lot more time with him than they actually did in the end. Of course, these are for kids and I need to look at it through that lens. So, all in all... s I enjoyed this story more as a kid than as an adult. Actually, rereading it... I couldn't understand why I enjoyed it so much as a child. It's really simplistic and the way the kids solved the mystery wasn't actually by deduction at all. They were basically handed the answer. I was also surprised how little Bobby showed up, I thought they spent a lot more time with him than they actually did in the end. Of course, these are for kids and I need to look at it through that lens. So, all in all... still a fun, fast read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    3.5 stars! Not the best of the series, but nevertheless a sweet, gentle mystery and a great children's read. The Boxcar Children is, by far, my favorite children's book series, and I would highly recommend all of the books to children and adults alike looking for a fun, engaging mystery with some really lovable characters. 3.5 stars! Not the best of the series, but nevertheless a sweet, gentle mystery and a great children's read. The Boxcar Children is, by far, my favorite children's book series, and I would highly recommend all of the books to children and adults alike looking for a fun, engaging mystery with some really lovable characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    What’s not to love about The Boxcar Children books? The cover art caught my eye on this one - purple is my favorite. A great, clean mystery for young readers. Don’t we all wish we had a fun, wealthy grandfather like Mr. Alden?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Janice Zach

    The Mystery of the Purple Pool (The boxcar children Cool funny awesome very funny good narrater the other boxcar children book narrater stinks I recommend the narrater Amie Lily this book is awesome.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Isla

    I rate this book from 5-10. or else it's a little boring. I rate this book from 5-10. or else it's a little boring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krishna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. None of the Boxcar Children books are particularly good, but this is particularly bad. The familiar characters are more annoying than ever. And this is pretty much the most inane mystery ever. Who dyed the pool purple? Who CARES? Why can't you still swim in it? It's not "The Mystery of the Acid-Filled Pool." If you wanted to get a hotel manager fired and take their job, couldn't you come up with something better than what would be considered by any reasonable ownership a series of harmless prank None of the Boxcar Children books are particularly good, but this is particularly bad. The familiar characters are more annoying than ever. And this is pretty much the most inane mystery ever. Who dyed the pool purple? Who CARES? Why can't you still swim in it? It's not "The Mystery of the Acid-Filled Pool." If you wanted to get a hotel manager fired and take their job, couldn't you come up with something better than what would be considered by any reasonable ownership a series of harmless pranks outside of any manager's control? How would a different manager prevent a pool from being dyed, or salt and sugar from being switched? A regime of Soviet-style surveillance? Wouldn't the first suspects be the hotel's guests, making any invasive "solution" more harmful than helpful? Did ANY thought go into this book?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I have to say, this novel was absolutely less annoying than the first two (The Boxcar Children and Surprise Island). Yes, it is surely dated (references to the twin towers, etc) yet still more relevant than the original twenty or so books. There's no way I'd ever leave a fourteen year old in charge of four other children under the age of twelve in New York City for a day, that's for sure, but the way they viewed things and solved the mystery was not so unbelievable. The mystery itself certainly I have to say, this novel was absolutely less annoying than the first two (The Boxcar Children and Surprise Island). Yes, it is surely dated (references to the twin towers, etc) yet still more relevant than the original twenty or so books. There's no way I'd ever leave a fourteen year old in charge of four other children under the age of twelve in New York City for a day, that's for sure, but the way they viewed things and solved the mystery was not so unbelievable. The mystery itself certainly wasn't life-altering or earth-shattering, but my son still enjoyed it immensely (probably because it took place in a hotel). There were several red herrings, and they were done well for a children's novel. This probably isn't Warner's best work, but it's enjoyable and moves quickly enough even for a six year old.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    This was my favorite Boxcar Children book when I was a kid, and I loved mysteries when I was in school. I loved to see how the four kids always stuck together and tried to solve things. Though it became frustrating having to wait to the end to figure out what would happen. As I look back on it today, this is probably the book I remember least about, as it has been years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    Grandpa takes the kids to New York and stay in his favorite hotel. Of course, all the times he's been there things have been fine, but as soon as the kids show up, everything goes wrong! The kids are on the case and solve the mystery when a note is so conveniently dropped. I mean anyone could of got this one done! Grandpa takes the kids to New York and stay in his favorite hotel. Of course, all the times he's been there things have been fine, but as soon as the kids show up, everything goes wrong! The kids are on the case and solve the mystery when a note is so conveniently dropped. I mean anyone could of got this one done!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was my favorite boxcar children book EVER when I was in second grade. I adored the boxcar children and read them like some people eat a box of chocolates. Still... I got through all of them by halfway through the first grade and they're not the best re-reads. This was my favorite boxcar children book EVER when I was in second grade. I adored the boxcar children and read them like some people eat a box of chocolates. Still... I got through all of them by halfway through the first grade and they're not the best re-reads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Mystery of the Purple Pool I don't understand why it was named that. It only tells once that it was purple. If I had named it, I would have named it Mystery at the Motel or something simmaler. It was interesting though. Mystery of the Purple Pool I don't understand why it was named that. It only tells once that it was purple. If I had named it, I would have named it Mystery at the Motel or something simmaler. It was interesting though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    If you like mystery books this is the book for you.IT is about four kids that go to a hotel and some one puts purple dye in the pool,turns off the elevator when they are in it, and switched salt and sugar.there is danger around every corner.

  20. 5 out of 5

    SR

    I KNOW I read this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I used to love the Boxcar children when I myself was a child. It actually got me interested in reading and opened the door for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tristan

    Took longer to read than usual because it became boring.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Shank

    Probably one of my favorite TBC books :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Superreader200

    The children had to find out who dyed the pool purple and filled the hole with really burning hot water. It was really a mystery!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chandra

    This was fun because we had just gone to NYC. And we love swimming. ;-)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    When I was 12 I took this on our road trip to New York and insisted on doing everything the Alden's had done when they were there. ;) When I was 12 I took this on our road trip to New York and insisted on doing everything the Alden's had done when they were there. ;)

  27. 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 :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Gilland

    Sooo ! Cute! absolutely adorable.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Kinda dramatic The boxcar kids see everything as a mystery, so was not my favorite, I wouldn't recommend this to my freisnd Kinda dramatic The boxcar kids see everything as a mystery, so was not my favorite, I wouldn't recommend this to my freisnd

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    Something oddly satisfying about this book... Still sucked, but...

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