The Boardwalk Mystery (Boxcar Children Mystery #131) by Tim Jessell and Gertrude Chandler Warner
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Olmedo
Genre: Children’s book, Mystery
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication Date: March 2013
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden are visiting the Jersey shore. One of grandfather’s friends, Mr. Hanson, has bought an amusement park and the four children look forward to days filled with sun, sand, and fun rides. However, as usual, the Alden siblings find themselves smack in the middle of a mystery. Someone keeps vandalizing the park and sabotaging the rides. Along the way, the children meet the disgruntled, former owner of the park, an ambitious competitor, Mr. Hanson’s angry kids, and a diversity of other characters.
Although more than a decade has passed since I was in the Boxcar Children Mysteries’ target age, I still find great pleasure in reading them. They offer young (and not so young) readers with a good, fun, and clean read. I always learn some little tidbit or piece of trivia. In the case of The Boardwalk Mystery, I discovered the origin of the name Salt Water Taffy.
This wouldn’t be a Boxcar Children Mystery if it didn’t contain its trademark life-lessons such as respect and hard work. Readers learn of the importance of taking care of public property and that vandalism hurts others. I heartily recommend this book. Parents don’t have to worry about their children’s reading while they’re in the company of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden.
Rated G: Suitable for all ages!
Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you!