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30 review for Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Castaway Children

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This one is kind of amazing. The premise is just insane enough - they found a baby! In the doghouse! - to totally work, and all the details tie in so well. It's another Sleepyside mystery, too! I really like this one. I will never not laugh at Mr. Belden's reactions. This one is kind of amazing. The premise is just insane enough - they found a baby! In the doghouse! - to totally work, and all the details tie in so well. It's another Sleepyside mystery, too! I really like this one. I will never not laugh at Mr. Belden's reactions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Therese

    I am so happy to finally have read another Trixie Belden book! It's only been a month, but it feels like forever since I read one. ;) I think the author did a really good job of portraying Trixie's character this time around. She loves outdoorsy things and is adventurous, but she doesn't have a huge temper and she's not completely disrespectful to her friends and family! The plot was a little confusing at points, and I think a few things were a little too rushed, but overall it was fine. Also the I am so happy to finally have read another Trixie Belden book! It's only been a month, but it feels like forever since I read one. ;) I think the author did a really good job of portraying Trixie's character this time around. She loves outdoorsy things and is adventurous, but she doesn't have a huge temper and she's not completely disrespectful to her friends and family! The plot was a little confusing at points, and I think a few things were a little too rushed, but overall it was fine. Also there were some jokes/remarks that were actually borderlining on inappropriate. I'm actually glad this author didn't write for the series again because of that. 3.5 stars out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hildegart

    getting rid of the Dodge. Kids interpret words differently than grown ups, especially if their vocabulary is not fully formed yet. This is a book that looks at that difference with the appearance of two kids in Trixie's neighborhood. It's an enjoyable book. getting rid of the Dodge. Kids interpret words differently than grown ups, especially if their vocabulary is not fully formed yet. This is a book that looks at that difference with the appearance of two kids in Trixie's neighborhood. It's an enjoyable book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Macjest

    This is one of the best of the latter Trixie Belden’s. Bobby has matured a bit and has quite a wry whit. Peter Belden is adorably fun with his kids. Sergeant Molinson asks the girls for help! The Bob-Whites are on the trail of a missing child and have an abandoned child at Crabapple Farm.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Still good after all these years.

  6. 4 out of 5

    J.L. Day

    a HUGE and most dedicated fan of Trixie and her crew. This is odd, of course, because they were MEANT for teen and pre-teen girls, but I was a young boy that read everything he could get his hands on and when I first stumbled on my first TRIXIE BELDON book I was instantly hooked! I immediately sat about reading them all, as quickly as I could get my greedy little paws on them. Trixie is the star, or "lead" character, followed by Jim and Honey (who quickly became the love of my young life, I had a HUGE and most dedicated fan of Trixie and her crew. This is odd, of course, because they were MEANT for teen and pre-teen girls, but I was a young boy that read everything he could get his hands on and when I first stumbled on my first TRIXIE BELDON book I was instantly hooked! I immediately sat about reading them all, as quickly as I could get my greedy little paws on them. Trixie is the star, or "lead" character, followed by Jim and Honey (who quickly became the love of my young life, I had a total crush on a fictional character that only existed in ink) and this brave trio was constantly getting into trouble, solving mysteries and murders; that sort of thing. It falls along the line of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and other similar series, but the Trixie series carries more of the teenage angst and a subtle love triangle of conflicted who likes whom mystery that battles back and forth throughout the series. All of the while though, the same cheerful, effervescent and energetic positive attitude and domineering never quit/never let them see you down philosophy is the major subtext all through the books. It is simply impossible to read these and NOT feel good about yourself and about LIFE, to have a sense of "all is well" in the world and a cheerful demeanor just naturally permeate your soul. I know, it SOUNDS crazy, but it is true. I lost all of my Trixie books years ago, lending them to friends and that sort of thing. Since then, I have been on a quest to rebuild my collection of hardbacks. I find most of them at "Friends of the Library Sales" and things like that, but I am ever watchful at garage sales and places, for I do not have even a third of them built back

  7. 5 out of 5

    April Brown

    A childhood favorite re-visited. Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes What ages would I recommend it too? – Ten and up. Length? – Most of a day’s read. Characters? – Memorable, several characters. Setting? – Real world, pre - computer and pre - cell phone. Written approximately? – 1978. Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more. Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. A slight mention of the time frame of the story - as the teens are give A childhood favorite re-visited. Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes What ages would I recommend it too? – Ten and up. Length? – Most of a day’s read. Characters? – Memorable, several characters. Setting? – Real world, pre - computer and pre - cell phone. Written approximately? – 1978. Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more. Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. A slight mention of the time frame of the story - as the teens are given far more freedom to come and go as they please than would be safe today. Also, the absence of computers, cell phones. Short storyline: Trixie Belden is startled when Reddy finds a baby in his doghouse. During the search for the baby's mother they find he has a missing brother and pony. The search leads them through various areas of Sleepyside and with the sergeant's permission, except for, one thing. Notes for the reader: A great mystery! No violence (only referred to from the past), no murder.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Someone needs to report Peter Belden for ethics violations. The story opens with Mr. Belden telling his wife about the Dodge family, who recently lost their home and possessions. Should he really be talking about the financial affairs of his customers? I think not. Trixie and Bobby discover an abandoned baby in Reddy's doghouse and Sergeant Molinson aks for the Belden-Wheeler Detective Agency's help in cracking the case. They locate the baby's parents and discover there is still a missing child i Someone needs to report Peter Belden for ethics violations. The story opens with Mr. Belden telling his wife about the Dodge family, who recently lost their home and possessions. Should he really be talking about the financial affairs of his customers? I think not. Trixie and Bobby discover an abandoned baby in Reddy's doghouse and Sergeant Molinson aks for the Belden-Wheeler Detective Agency's help in cracking the case. They locate the baby's parents and discover there is still a missing child in the woods! Poor Davy Dodge thought his parents were going to sell their children to cover debts, so he grabbed the baby and went on the lam. Davy leads the Bob Whites and the local police force a merry chase as he manages to hide out in the woods surrounding the Wheeler, Belden and Lynch lands. So -- one small boy vs Schoolgirl Shamuses, the Sleepyside Police Force, and some random kidnappers. Small boy -- 1, everyone else -- 0.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Anderson

    This is one of my favorites in the series. I like books that take place in Sleepyside because Crabapple Farm reminds me of where I grew up. When a baby is found in Reddy's doghouse, Trixie knows she will stop at nothing to find out how it got there and who it belongs to. They name the baby Moses--incidentally, a dog rescued from a flood in #9 Happy Valley Mystery is also named Moses--and the Bob-Whites take turns caring for the baby. Soon he is reunited with this mother, but there is still anothe This is one of my favorites in the series. I like books that take place in Sleepyside because Crabapple Farm reminds me of where I grew up. When a baby is found in Reddy's doghouse, Trixie knows she will stop at nothing to find out how it got there and who it belongs to. They name the baby Moses--incidentally, a dog rescued from a flood in #9 Happy Valley Mystery is also named Moses--and the Bob-Whites take turns caring for the baby. Soon he is reunited with this mother, but there is still another child missing and there is the threat of kidnappers on the lose. Will Trixie and the Bob-Whites find the missing child before the kidnappers do? I also like this book because Sergeant Molinson actually asks Detective Belden to assist her on the case and frequently asks her if she has found clues, he even takes her along on an interview with a family involved with the case and gives an approving eye when she asks the right questions.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    When the Belden family find a baby in their doghouse, it sets Trixie off on another mystery. Who is the baby? And why would someone leave him in the doghouse? This is a great entry in the second half of the series since it gives all the main characters a part to play and develops one of the secondary characters. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. When the Belden family find a baby in their doghouse, it sets Trixie off on another mystery. Who is the baby? And why would someone leave him in the doghouse? This is a great entry in the second half of the series since it gives all the main characters a part to play and develops one of the secondary characters. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tacey

    Possibly my absolute, very favorite Trixie: for the touching story of a desperate family, children's logic, and the solid and sensitive writing of the ghost writer, said to be Gladys Baker Bond. Bond shows us Helen Belsen's emotions when she tears up over her eldest son "growing up so fast.". Rereading this as a mom has stirred emotions I am sure I did not feel at my first go. Possibly my absolute, very favorite Trixie: for the touching story of a desperate family, children's logic, and the solid and sensitive writing of the ghost writer, said to be Gladys Baker Bond. Bond shows us Helen Belsen's emotions when she tears up over her eldest son "growing up so fast.". Rereading this as a mom has stirred emotions I am sure I did not feel at my first go.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    The Kathryn Kenny Trixies are a bit hit or miss, but this one was really, really miss. The amount of baby-related glurge, put in the mouths of absolutely everyone from Bobby on up, is completely inexplicable. Oh well; I would have been much more disappointed if I had found this one when I was younger.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karsyn

    Should rate a 2 because the moron who wrote this one (Kathryn Kenny was a pseudonym for multiple writers for this series) called Trixie "not a horse person". Ugh. Yeah, moron, how about reading the series you are writing in. If I could write, I'd bring Trixie & the Bob-Whites into the future they dreamed of. :) Should rate a 2 because the moron who wrote this one (Kathryn Kenny was a pseudonym for multiple writers for this series) called Trixie "not a horse person". Ugh. Yeah, moron, how about reading the series you are writing in. If I could write, I'd bring Trixie & the Bob-Whites into the future they dreamed of. :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tara Calaby

    Trixie Belden was one of my earliest great media obsessions. I absolutely adored all of the books and desperately wanted to be Trixie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Margo Brooks

    Still as wholesome as ever!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Telisha

    A found baby, a missing boy and a ransom note raise more questions and worries than are answered - until Trixie and Honey solve the mystery!

  17. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    SM

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This one was really good. Trixie and her brothers find an abandoned baby in Reddy's dog house. They go on a quest to find out how the baby got there and who's baby it is. This one was really good. Trixie and her brothers find an abandoned baby in Reddy's dog house. They go on a quest to find out how the baby got there and who's baby it is.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miri

    When the Belden family finds an abandoned baby in Reddy's doghouse, the Bob-White gang are determined to discover who left him there and why. When the Belden family finds an abandoned baby in Reddy's doghouse, the Bob-White gang are determined to discover who left him there and why.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Book 21.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is the first one I ever read! I read it while I was sick one time and my mom got it for me from the library. It isn't my favorite, but it will always be the first! And I LOVE the end! This is the first one I ever read! I read it while I was sick one time and my mom got it for me from the library. It isn't my favorite, but it will always be the first! And I LOVE the end!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    book 21

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    I loved the Trixie Belden books as a kid (nice to see they got republished). I'm still unsure how they ended up in my corner of the world. I slowly amassed the whole series as first editions (it seemed so glamourous as a kid owning precious books that were older than me!) by saving all my pocket money to buy them from the local secondhand store. I can only guess that some adult (probably having moved to our sleepy town from overseas) had sold them off in bulk. They sat in a back corner of the s I loved the Trixie Belden books as a kid (nice to see they got republished). I'm still unsure how they ended up in my corner of the world. I slowly amassed the whole series as first editions (it seemed so glamourous as a kid owning precious books that were older than me!) by saving all my pocket money to buy them from the local secondhand store. I can only guess that some adult (probably having moved to our sleepy town from overseas) had sold them off in bulk. They sat in a back corner of the store, thankfully ignored by everyone else, as I slowly acquired them through pocket money and then in a mass swoop for Christmas. It helped that back then secondhand books sold for anywhere from 10 cents to 50 cents rather than $7-10 as they do these days! They were wonderful mystery books for children of a similar ilk to Famous Five, Secret Seven, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators etc.; set in a time long before cellphones when sleuthing into mysterious mansions, smugglers, and strange sounds in the night wouldn't cause any real harm to befall our child investigators.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brit McCarthy

    Another Saturday afternoon well spent in the company of Trixie Belden and the Bob-Whites. I just have to keep in mind that the ghostwriters do stuff up and write inconsistencies, but these books were written so many years ago, I shouldn't be so offended by that! This one was a plausible mystery of two missing children that saw Trixie and Honey working beside Sergeant Molinson for once! It's interesting to see the girls maturing as the books go on, not just rash, impulsive kids any more. Another Saturday afternoon well spent in the company of Trixie Belden and the Bob-Whites. I just have to keep in mind that the ghostwriters do stuff up and write inconsistencies, but these books were written so many years ago, I shouldn't be so offended by that! This one was a plausible mystery of two missing children that saw Trixie and Honey working beside Sergeant Molinson for once! It's interesting to see the girls maturing as the books go on, not just rash, impulsive kids any more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nell

    The 21st book in the Trixie Belden series, and I’m not sure about the title of this one – castaway would imply lost at sea on an island, but anyway. It was a good solid mystery that had two elements to it, which was interesting. Nice to see the police working with Trixie and Trixie getting a bit of a learning curve on police work along the way too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Ok, I'm finally satisfied that I don't need to search out more of these childhood reads. There's nothing wrong with it, but it just a genre girls' mystery, nothing for adults except nostalgia. And I did give it bonus star for that. Ok, I'm finally satisfied that I don't need to search out more of these childhood reads. There's nothing wrong with it, but it just a genre girls' mystery, nothing for adults except nostalgia. And I did give it bonus star for that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Nelson

    Excellent plot and creative writing. I was disappointed when I reached the last page.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janelle

    Dnf. I was enjoying this book but due to major issues with the audiobook I had to stop listening.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    For Christmas one year, my parents grabbed me the entire Trixie Belden set and I couldn't put them down. After I finished with them, they continued to purchase them as quickly as I could read them. Even with a learning disability, I devoured the books. I look back now and I find that Trixie Belden was much more age related to young girls, particularly to me, reading the books than Nancy Drew. There was something in these books that I found to be a greater escape than I did ND, too. I found that For Christmas one year, my parents grabbed me the entire Trixie Belden set and I couldn't put them down. After I finished with them, they continued to purchase them as quickly as I could read them. Even with a learning disability, I devoured the books. I look back now and I find that Trixie Belden was much more age related to young girls, particularly to me, reading the books than Nancy Drew. There was something in these books that I found to be a greater escape than I did ND, too. I found that they weren't so "over the top" or dated. I will be doing the same thing with my granddaughters, if and when I have them, even if I have to stalk every used bookstore to get them

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    October 2008 ... enjoyable re-read, again fun to see young people helping others. Not as good as the original books in the series, though.

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