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Title: The Mystery in the Snow by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Notable: Book #32 in The Boxcar Children series
The Alden children visit a ski resort with their grandfather and get to enter a winter event competition. When it seems like the contest is being sabotaged, it’s up to the Alden children to figure out who is ruining it and why.
You can count on The Boxcar Children for innocent and simple mystery stories for kids. While there’s nothing profound in this book, it keeps kids engaged by presenting a mystery which they try to unravel. When I was a kid I loved this series and it still holds somewhat of a magical, mystical quality for me.
The story itself is pretty simple. The kids enter a contest which features skiing, ice skating, sledding, snow sculpture and ice sculpture. Two teams compete and at the end they hold an awards ceremony. From the beginning though, the competition seems to be experiencing an awful lot of misfortune, from a missing key to other peoples’ work being ruined. This would be an especially appropriate story during the Christmas season, or for kids who enjoy outdoor winter activities.
I recommend The Mystery in the Snow to children who enjoy mysteries without any objectionable material. It would also be suitable to read aloud to your family.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…