#952 The Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Singing Ghost created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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The Aldens are helping a family friend who bought a house that other people wanted to buy. They hear a girl singing and they wonder where it’s coming from. They also find a dress. Who used to live in this house? Is the person who wrote the diary and the letters still alive?

What I liked

I had this bit about how I liked learning about the history of old houses here. I think it’s neat that the Aldens did get to learn the history of a house in this story.

What I didn’t like

If someone else buys the house you want, you kind of just have to deal with it. You can’t go around trying to keep people away from it.

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What would you do if someone was terrorizing you because you bought the house they wanted?

Have you ever thought your house was haunted?

#951 The Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery at Skeleton Point created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are visiting a friend who bought a piece of property. There’s a skeleton there. It’s not a real skeleton. It was used for educational purposes. It was kind of strange at first, but the children got used to it. They say hi to the skeleton whenever they pass it. There are some statues on the property and a mystery surrounding them. What’s going on?

What I liked

I think the skeleton is kind of neat. True story–I’ve been in a group photo involving a skeleton. Fun times.

What I didn’t like

Where does Grandfather go when his grandkids are pawned off on all kinds of other people? They’re with other people a lot of the time. What does Grandfather do? I imagine he probably swims in all of his money like Scrooge McDuck.

Overall

If you use a skeleton for decoration, people may think you’re weird.

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Would you use a skeleton as decoration?

Have you had any strange photo ops with anatomical models?

#949 The Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Zombie Project created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are spending some more time with friends. There is a lodge one of Grandfather’s friends owns. The Aldens want to do some fishing, but people keep seeing a zombie. Zombies can’t be real can they? What’s going on?

What I liked

This just wasn’t one of the Boxcar books that I liked very much.

What I didn’t like

I am not a fan of zombie anything. I find zombies to be highly unlikely as far as the world of supernatural creatures goes. I would almost say I could see vampires being real before I could see zombies being real. I think zombies are generally a silly idea. I know zombie movies and television shows are a trend right now, but I just can’t hop on board with any of it, including this book, which is obviously meant to cash in on the whole zombie idea.

Overall

Braaaaaaaiiiiinnnnnssss…these zombie stories rot my braaaaaaiiiinnsss.

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What do you think about zombie stories?

If you are favorable of zombie stories for reasons other than gore, what are your reasons? What makes zombies fascinating?

#946 The Box that Watch Found created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Box that Watch Found created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Box that Watch Found created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are at the park when Watch, their dog, finds a box. In that box is an object. The Aldens start asking around and find out about the world of geocaching. People carry around GPS devices, in the woods, and different places. People hide things at certain coordinates. Other people then use their GPS devices to find those items. They are supposed to leave something if they take the thing.

Their area is home to a geocaching club. Some of the geocaches have gone missing though. Who would go geocaching and just take things without putting anything in its place? What’s the deal?

What I liked

I almost went geocaching once, at Dupont State Park. I didn’t end up doing any geocaching there, but I did do quite a bit of hiking, including a hike one day that took me past three lakes and up to the very top of a waterfall. It was a nice hike, but ended up being kind of brutal, but I did get to see one of the filming locations for The Last of the Mohicans(Bridal Veil Falls) so there’s that. Getting there was fine, going back was awful. It was just one of those hikes where I had to look down at the ground and count each step and start all over again when I got to a certain number to keep my mind off of how far I had to walk to get back to my car.

I think geocaching is a neat idea. I guess that’s sort of what Pokemon Go is these days. It’s an adventure and it gets you out of the house, well, maybe. I guess you could go geocaching in your own house. Where’s the remote? Well, it’s at these coordinates. Find it.

What I didn’t like

I kind of feel like geocaching was probably a big trend at the time this book was written. It seems like the Boxcar Children do a lot of trendy things. When are they going to grow beards and become hipsters?

Overall

This geocache is just directions to another geocache! The hunt is on!

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Have you ever been geocaching?

What would put in a geocache that was funny?

#943 The Copycat Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Copycat Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Copycat Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens are going to visit their Aunt Jane, but she says something strange on the phone. She says they’re going back in time. The kids are a bit concerned and they tell Grandfather, but he just laughs. He knows what Aunt Jane is talking about, but he’s not telling. The girls wonder how to pack for a trip back in time.

The children learn they’re going to a historical site where people dress up like they used to back in the day. The Aldens get to help out around the estate and even help with tours.

The man who used to own the place was a practical joker and liked to play a lot of jokes. Someone starts playing jokes on everyone at the house, but who could it be? It’s certainly not a ghost.

What I liked

It might be fun to volunteer for some sort of preservation society.

Save the Hill Valley Clock Tower…I can get behind that.

What I didn’t like

While there is part of me that thinks the idea of a reenactment/tour is kind of neat, I don’t know what it actually is. Let’s go LARP the Oregan Trail, everybody has dysentery and your wagon is broken. Where’s the fun in that? Just dress up and lie there, acting like you’re having severe intestinal distress.

Overall

Quit copying me, I’m dead.

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Would you volunteer for a reenactment?

Would you dress up to save the Hill Valley Clock Tower?