Saturday, November 24, 2012
299. Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Alden Family Mysteries (aka The Boxcar Children), #6
Finished: Nov. 2, 2012
First Published: 1961
Genre: children, MG, mystery, early chapter book
First sentence: "One winter day Jessie Alden met her brother Henry in the hall."
Publisher's Summary: "The Aldens find a castaway on a South Sea island. How did he get there and who is he?"
Acquired: Can't remember but was from a thrift store or garage sale.
Reason for Reading: I am working my way through the original 19 books. This is also from the Random Bookshelf I am reading from.
Returning to the typical theme of these books, the mystery involves finding out the identity of a mystery person. This time it is a little different though as the children can't find the person but know he is there. Grandfather takes the children plus Ben's friend Mike, again, to the South Seas to a desert island for a vacation. Lars is their guide and completes the group. While having fun living on a deserted island the group find clues that there is someone else on the island and eventually meet a castaway boy. The tale he has to tell them is adventurous and exciting.
This is a fun book in the series. It holds true to form and gives what is expected from the series by now. Grandfather's inclusion stunts the children's style a bit but they do get some time to go off on their own. Children will enjoy the excitement of the castaway boy and his experiences, but I think the story would have been better served if he had been introduced earlier as we don't get enough time with him. Overall, a good entry in the series.