Warner, Gertrude Chandler, The boxcar children mysteries ; Boxcar children mysteries ; Reading Counts RC 3. Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction. Orphans -- Juvenile fiction. Camps -- Juvenile fiction. Detective and mystery fiction. I settled in under my grandparents' solid desk, sitting down in the opening for the chair.
After a while, I got bored of waiting for them to find me, so I dashed out of my hiding place to grab this book. I read it under the desk, and liked it very much; I had never been to camp before, and even though I was terribly shy and had no interest in overnight camp, I was curious to read about it. Also, I distinctly recall liking an illustration of Jessie in a shark costume. When I had finished the novel, no one had found me, though I had heard someone calling my name once and had ignored them like the good hide and seek player I was.
I figured that the others had forgotten, or maybe Grandma had waylaid them with cookies. I went around the house looking for them, but no one was there, so I went outside. Everyone was in the yard, looking around. When my mom saw me, she turned around and said in a stressed voice that I perceived as fury, "Where have you BEEN all this time?
She told me that Erik's parents had arrived to take him home, and they still had not found his flip-flop from the last time I had hidden it! I was absolutely dumbfounded. The whole time I was hiding and reading an entire Boxcar Children mystery, they had been looking for his shoe?
I would have felt proud of my hiding skills if everyone had not turned on me with dismay and frustration. What 'big weed bush? The big weed bush! I led the crowd around to the large, green, leafy plant by the side of the house. Everyone was enormously relieved, and Erik's parents could finally take him home.
They were glad I had located the shoe with such ease, but despite the resolution and my feeling of innocence, I still got scolded. Also, Grandma was visibly affronted that I had called her rhubarb plant "a big weed bush. I didn't mean to offend her impeccable lawn care, and it upset me that she was so miffed. I recently told this story to a friend, and she giggled, "You were like, 'dishonor on me, dishonor on my cow!
That is exactly how I felt. Jan 22, Emily rated it did not like it.
Don't give this to your kids to make them comfortable with going to camp. Camp Seagull is a nightmare. Henry and Jesse are and year-old junior counselors with no training or experience, who are immediately placed in charge of groups of younger kids, because that's a good idea. Of course, they perform adequately because this is a Boxcar Children book, but the camp director, who allowed this to happen, is sensibly wary of their incompetence mid-book and talks to them about it, despite First: Of course, they perform adequately because this is a Boxcar Children book, but the camp director, who allowed this to happen, is sensibly wary of their incompetence mid-book and talks to them about it, despite being a fictional adult who shouldn't be allowed to direct a sandwich.
She hates them a lot and is mean and tries to undermine Jesse. The Seagull Olympics, oh yes! Because whoever ghost-wrote this decided to use the first part of the as a structure for camp.
- The summer camp mystery.
The Seagull and Dolphin groups are locked in a balls-out, arbitrary, and meticulously scored competition with each other, like Hogwarts if every time Harry ate a meal, everyone else at the table was bullying him about the consumption of his meal as it achieved or deducted points from Gryffindor.
Basically, Camp Seagull is a terrible place run by irresponsible adults where the Boxcar Children get all the attention to the point where most of the other campers don't even have names. This has confirmed all my suspicions of post-the first Boxcar Children books. I've heard that 2- 20 are decent and I might get around to them someday.
But no one was having fun at camp in this book, so it wasn't fun. It was rather depressing. I liked it because I like mysteries. My favorite part was when the Dolphins won best costume.
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Dec 03, Stacie rated it really liked it. Kids try to have fun, but some kids are mean and the adults are clueless. Well, screw it all Aug 21, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 21, Cristina rated it really liked it.
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One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them no one knew where they had come from. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're spending a week at Camp Seagull on beautiful Claw Island.
The Summer Camp Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
When they arrive at Camp Seagull, the Alden children look forward to a week of new friends, exciting activities, and most of all, the annual camp Olympics. But as soon as camp begins, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny realize that someone is not playing fair. Everything begins to go wrong for the Aldens - they lose their luggage, Henry misplaces the camp flag, and campers on the other team use one of Jessie's ideas to score points for themselves.
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