#942 The Amusement Park Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Amusement Park Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Amusement Park Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens meet some friends who own an amusement park. They’re more than happy to get involved with everything there. The Amusement park is not a modern amusement park. There are no roller coasters. There is a Ferris wheel and a merry-go-round, in addition to other small rides. The amusement park doesn’t bring in a lot of money, but there is something special about the horses on the merry-go-round. They were created by an artist.

There is a disagreement in the amusement park family. Some members want to put in roller coasters and get rid of the old rides, using the merry-go-round horses as a source of money for the expansion, but others want to leave the park like it is.

Benny starts noticing strange things about the merry-go-round horses. What’s going on?

What I liked

I like amusement parks, a lot. I like roller coasters, a lot. In fact, Grizzly Pirate Wynn and I have been watching a lot of POV(point of view) roller coaster videos on YouTube recently. Between the thrill and the engineering roller coasters are just a lot of fun. They’re not really dangerous, despite some complaints from other people I’ve known.

There are not roller coasters in this book, but amusement park rides are still fun even when they’re not roller coasters. Merry-go-rounds are kind of boring, but Ferris wheels are fun. I rode a rather large Ferris Wheel in Okinawa a few times, you can see for quite a ways from the top.

What I didn’t like

It is kind of sad that someone would want to destroy an old merry-go-round. It’s not like people make those like they used to. If there happens to be an old one around, it’s probably best to keep it together.

Progress does have to come though, if an amusement park wants to stay relevant. Recently in North Carolina, the Carowinds theme park got rid of their roller coaster, Thunder Road, which was essentially partially in South Carolina and partially in North Carolina. It had two sides–a dueling coaster essentially. I did get to ride it before it was demolished, but it’s a little sad that it’s gone.


Let’s go for a ride.

P.S. Ghost Town in the Sky, an amusement park in Maggie Valley, North Carolina is currently for sale for over 5 million dollars. If I had 5 million dollars, I might buy it.

Weigh In

Do you like roller coasters?

If you had an amusement park, what kind of rides would you have?


Ashe is the primary author and creator of One-elevenbooks. The project was created in 2011 as a personal challenge to Ashe. She believes it has tremendously helped her writing and story telling skills. She hopes to one day get paid to sit in a corner and read and draw, but traveling is good too. Ashe is a life-long artist and writer with bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts and Information Technology.

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