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Title: Snowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Notable: Book #13 in The Boxcar Children series
The Alden siblings go to a hunter’s cabin in the woods to spend a week out in the wilderness. When a freak snow storm hits, they are stuck in the cabin, determined to make the best of it until their grandfather can send help. A local family who runs the small store nearby treks out to the cabin to make sure the children are okay. While they all await rescue, the Aldens help solve a mystery that the Nelson family has been trying to uncover for many years.
I feel like the Boxcar Children books are pretty formulaic. If you’ve read one, you know what subsequent books will be like. This one is no exception. Somehow these children end up fending for themselves or at least acting independently no matter what situation they find themselves in. Their grandfather must feel pretty strongly that they should be encouraged to become independent. Anyhow, he lets them go off to stay in a cabin in the woods for a week by themselves. This mama objects!
The major event in the story is when the Aldens help solve a mystery for the Nelson family. I don’t want to give it away, but the consequence is that it totally transforms their life. They’re no longer stuck hoping for a brighter future, but can go ahead and realize their dreams. It’s a feel-good ending. 🙂
I recommend Snowbound Mystery to younger readers who enjoy lighthearted mysteries. It would also be a good book to read aloud to your kids.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Until next time…