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Librarian's Note: Alternate cover edition for ISBN 10: 0807545465, ISBN 13: 9780807545461. Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior. Librarian's Note: Alternate cover edition for ISBN 10: 0807545465, ISBN 13: 9780807545461. Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior.

30 review for The Lighthouse Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Buchanan

    Lighthouse Mystery begins with the end of the Woodshed Mystery, because that’s how synched up Gertrude is. Aunt Jane is relieved that no one calls her Mrs. Bean after her marriage, because even she knows that is a stupid sounding name. We are not even one full page into the book before bread and milk come up. Henry has decided to take the scenic route home, never missing a chance to enjoy the power steering and smooth ride of their STATION WAGON and Grandfather knows of a beautiful lighthouse th Lighthouse Mystery begins with the end of the Woodshed Mystery, because that’s how synched up Gertrude is. Aunt Jane is relieved that no one calls her Mrs. Bean after her marriage, because even she knows that is a stupid sounding name. We are not even one full page into the book before bread and milk come up. Henry has decided to take the scenic route home, never missing a chance to enjoy the power steering and smooth ride of their STATION WAGON and Grandfather knows of a beautiful lighthouse that they will drive past. I feel a mystery coming on. I am not even a little bit surprised when the lighthouse is for sale, and even less surprised that the family feels like this is something they NEED TO BUY. Like now. However, imagine my shock when the group discovers that the lighthouse has ALREADY been sold. The grocer, Mr. Hall, offers to rent it to them for the summer, and I’m amazed that Grandfather agrees to this, instead of insisting that he WILL buy it, ONE way or the OTHER that lighthouse shall be mine! That’s kind of how the scenario went in my head. Grandfather does make the children wait in the car however while he ‘negotiates the rent,’ whatever that means, probably a pistol-whipping. When the family returns to the lighthouse, ‘the girls went into the kitchen at once.’ This is a direct quote. Dear God. After inspecting the stove and dishes, and how cold the water is, and if there is sufficient storage for the enormous amount of milk and bread that Benny requires; they go to bed. At 8 o’clock. Mystery Alert! At the stroke of midnight, Watch begins barking and Benny smells food (no one else smells food, but we know that Benny has a keen sixth sense for anything edible). After a few minutes, Watch goes back to sleep, but Grandfather feels that they should still alert the police due to the highly suspicious activities—that I will reiterate —consist of a dog barking, and Benny, a food obsessed halfwit, maybe smelling some potatoes. This combination of Benny and Watch and food just made me think of Scooby Doo…Henry, Jessie, and Violet/Fred, Daphne, Velma? Are we discovering the adult iteration of the Boxcar Children? Just think about it. The next day, the group discovers that they don’t have any food and maybe should go to the grocery store. Facepalm. The same grocery store they were at the night before, while renting the lighthouse? NO ONE thought to buy food while they were already there? Not housekeeping maven Jessie? Not epicurean Benny? Wow. This may be the first time that they’ve passed up an opportunity to purchase, discuss, and cook food. But if they hadn’t been forced to traipse back to the grocery store we might not have met angry, black-eyed man. If his dark eyes weren’t enough to let you know he’s a bad seed, let me tell you how he ALMOST bumps into Jessie on the sidewalk. Yes, to clarify, he doesn’t actually bump into her, but he almost does, which sets the whole group off into hysterics. I assume that they are used to their own town, where the citizens kowtow respectfully, and know to clear the streets at their approach, perhaps strewing palm fronds beneath their feet. Just a hunch. As if this incident wasn’t traumatizing enough, inside the grocery store, Henry tries to chat up a boy his own age, and is REBUFFED. Mr. Hall, sensei of the town of Conley, tells the family that this boy wants to go to college and his cruel father, Mr. Angry Dark Eyes, won’t let him. All the children are predictably aghast at this information. Mr. Hall tells them nothing can be done about this, many have tried and failed, and all the children immediately think of Grandfather, and how he can force anyone to do anything, no matter how much they dislike it. It’s worded slightly differently, but that’s the gist of it. Back home at the lighthouse, Jessie makes lunch and the family goes out onto the beach to enjoy it. There are some rocks conveniently arranged like a chair for Grandfather to sit on, and Benny has the bright idea to build everyone rock-chairs, and then cement them together so that no one can ever remove them. Everyone thinks this is a great idea, because why wouldn’t Mr. Hall want a bunch of huge concrete lumps sitting in the middle of his beachfront property, emblazoned with the shaky scratched names of all the Aldens? So there’s no point in asking him, right? They’d rather just pay him off when he raises a fuss. After that adventure, the children are ready to go to bed again, and of course Watch wakes up at midnight barking, and THEN Jessie and Violet see a mysterious woman walking past the lighthouse all sneaky like. The next morning at breakfast, Violet and Jessie tell their tale, and the whole crew goes next door to the abandoned, boarded up house to snoop around. Trespassing rules don’t apply to them since they’re just trying to help. Henry finds a piece of paper with squares and ‘strange’ letters on it, and immediately intuits that it must be proof of someone really smart doing science experiments, mainly because he doesn’t understand any of it. He tells anyone that will listen that he recognizes it as college-level science work, but I like to think that he just found a piece of paper with the periodic table printed on it. Looking at the abandoned building gets boring really fast I guess, as the afternoon devolves into looking at shells and seaweed. You would think that after about three other ‘mysteries’ revolving around shells and seaweed, that this family would be tired of looking at them, or at least more knowledgeable, but nope. Henry suggests swimming, but Jessie dismisses it, seeing as how they didn’t bring suits, and buying them would be too expensive. . After buying a blue suit for Jessie, a red one for Benny, etc etc color-coded obsession, who do they spot outside but TOM COOK, or MR. DARK SCARY EYES! The lady at the bathing suit store gives them the rundown: 1) Tom Cook is rich 2) Tom Cook is stingy 3) Tom Cook has a boat Furthermore, Tom Cook doesn’t let his son (angry-wants-to-go-to-college-boy) use the boat, even though everyone (even the woman at the bathing suit shop, but not Tom Cook apparently) knows that Angry Boy takes the boat out at night, returning with mysterious jars and barrels of who-knows-what. “We’ll have to do something about that,” Grandfather says, a dangerous gleam in his eye. That night, Benny sits in his PJs staring at the stars from the top of the lighthouse, and sees a boat come in from sea, and then turn around again. With an intelligence that belies all we know of Benny, he guesses that the captain of the ship must have seen him sitting in the lighthouse, so he turns off his lights, and sure enough, the boat comes in. A man jumps out with a bucket and walks up the street. Our omnipresent narrator lets us know that more exciting things happen, but Benny misses them because he falls asleep. Natch. Benny loves to sleep ALMOST as much as he loves a canned ham. Watch continues to bark every night at midnight, but everyone just ignores it now. The fact that something is going on that they are not meddling in is eating Henry up inside, so he organizes another snoop-fest at the abandoned house. Lifting Benny onto his shoulders, they discover the kitchen inside has cooking pans, seaweed, a microscope, and plankton in it. All VERY SUSPICIOUS. Unauthorized cooking. And sciencing. I’ll just summarize the about ten pages it takes for the Alden kids to put their clues together to hypothesize that the angry Cook boy is trying to cook seaweed in the abandoned kitchen and some woman is helping him. Even though they’ve literally only seen Angry Boy one time, they immediately know this most be his nefarious work. He was rude to Henry. No decent, law-abiding citizen would dare. This case against Angry Boy is only further strengthened when Watch barks at him downtown the next day. Just like Watch barks at night! And as Henry points out, everyone in this town is borderline stupid—if this boy could get into college, he’s the only one that could possibly be writing strange letters on pieces of paper. However, Henry is also in college, even though he can’t decipher the alien symbols on the papers, so I’m not sure what that says about the student population. The next chapter is dominated solely by the Aldens’ cookout on the beach, in which I believe Gertrude uses the word ‘frankfurter,’ approximately 32 times. Then Henry goes back to the grocery store, only to run into Angry Boy again. I’m starting to believe there are only twelve people in this town. This is a momentous occasion, because even though they don’t speak, Mr. Hall tells Henry that the boys name is Larry. So we can finally start referring to him as that. Anyway, Larry always cooks for the town’s ‘village supper’ to help raise money for the town—but this year his helpers can’t come. Who knew Larry had a heart of gold? Seeing an opportunity to weasel their way into his life and improve it for him, the family immediately volunteers to help him cook. Without much of a choice, Larry acquiesces. The day of the cookout, Henry tries to draw Larry out with ridiculously transparent comments. Like, ‘too bad we can’t get more food from the sea,’ eh Larry? Maybe some seaweed would really make this frankfurter pop? But Larry doesn’t cave to Henry’s suave questioning tactics. A mysterious man at the cookout questions Larry about his secret baked-bean recipe, which Larry refuses to answer. After learning that Larry just loves to cook, the man asks the next logical question (?!): “Do you go to college?,” since, as we all know, all master chefs first matriculate at their local state university. Or at least at the community college down the street. This predictably cheeses Larry off, and he stomps away. For a change of pace, the next day Grandfather takes them all to look at a boat, the Tahiti, which he is thinking of buying since that wily Mr. Hall beat him to the lighthouse. The captain, Snow, is more than glad to show the obscenely rich man who will be his future boss and his family around his boat. Just because he’s a nice guy, of course. In the walk-in freezer, the family notice some large white bags. Jumping to a conclusion with almost zero evidence as usual, they decide that the large white bags are full of plankton, and that Captain Snow must be providing Larry with plankton for his experiments. They decide this before they learn that Captain Snow is Larry’s uncle—which feels less like detective work, and more like blindly guessing. Back in town, who does the family run into, but Captain Snow! They have a nice chat about Larry (so smart!), his father (so mean!), and how they will befriend Larry and get his father to pay for his college tuition, no matter the personal freedoms they have to squelch. The next morning, Violet wakes up with her face horribly swollen from mosquito bites. Now the children have the perfect way to befriend Larry; by guilt-tripping him into building them screen windows. There’s no better way to make a friend than to force them to do manual labor for you. The Aldens’ Friendship Plan isn’t moving fast enough for their liking, so Grandfather calls up a dangerous storm, trapping Larry out at sea on his night-time boating run. Well, it doesn’t exactly happen that way, but pretty close. Anyway, Mr. Dark Angry Eyes/Tom Cook shows up looking for his son, and since the phone lines are out, he and Henry drive to the next town to alert the Coast Guard. Just about everyone in the whole town shows up to the lighthouse, and watches the Coast Guard tow in the boat with Larry. Grandfather snidely remarks that he’s surprised that a town without any policeman would have a doctor, but everyone pretends not to notice. Larry is rescued, warmed up by heated blankets, and starts shouting ridiculous things, like, “FEED THE WHOLE WORLD!” in a fever-fueled delirium. While he’s unconscious, his ‘good friends’ the Aldens, show his father (and anyone else that happens to wander by) Larry’s secret lab. Henry explains that Larry is trying to make seaweed into food. “But don’t the Japanese already do that? Like, for hundreds of years?” the doctor wants to know. “Well, good point,” Henry concedes. “I didn’t think of that. But no one likes that slop except for the Japanese. This is AMERICA. Gawd. Let’s figure out how to fry this stuff or turn it into hamburgers.” The doctor is suitably chastened. Larry wakes up, and there is a big, tearful reunion with his distraught father who promises he can go to school now that he almost died. “I’ll pay for it,” Grandfather volunteers, always happy to have someone indebted to him. “No, that’s cool,” Dark Eyes waves away his offer, “I have plenty of money, I totes can afford it. I just didn’t feel like letting him go for some reason, can’t remember know. Oh well, no harm no foul right?! I mean, like, except for my son almost dying.” Then Mrs. Cook invites them all for dinner, which they only accept after thinly insinuating that she couldn’t afford to cook for them all. The dinner is full of meaningless conversation and food descriptions, until Jessie’s secret lover, Mr. Carter shows up with a new microscope for Larry. Grandfather found a way to pay for something expensive after all!! Hooray! Larry sincere “I could never thank you enough,” is followed by Mr. Carter’s “I know, don’t even try. You will pay us back in other ways, hapless fool!” Or something like that. Then the family returns home, where Henry prepares to leave for college (where he’ll surprise his new BFF Larry by introducing him to a professor who is the SAME GUY WHO WANTED THE BAKED BEANS RECIPE). Poor thing. Little does he know that only a few short years of adulthood remain before he becomes 14 forever. (from my blog, Rampant Reads--see more at rampantreads.wordpress.com)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    For the first time, I thought the children - though it's hard to call Henry a child since he is now in college - came across as spoiled! The family drives by a lighthouse for sale, and the kids ask Grandfather to buy it as if it's no big deal! It's weird, too, because later on, when the kids want to go swimming but don't have any bathing suits, Jessie is hesitant to ask for new ones because "four new suits would cost too much." Their money sense just seems to be out of whack. While many of the b For the first time, I thought the children - though it's hard to call Henry a child since he is now in college - came across as spoiled! The family drives by a lighthouse for sale, and the kids ask Grandfather to buy it as if it's no big deal! It's weird, too, because later on, when the kids want to go swimming but don't have any bathing suits, Jessie is hesitant to ask for new ones because "four new suits would cost too much." Their money sense just seems to be out of whack. While many of the books include some thing or other that dates the writing - e.g., a reference to "long distance phone calls", or illustrations of the kids boating without life jackets - this one included something that seemed a bit much even for "the old days". The family wants to have a place to eat outdoors, so they move around the rocks to form chairs and a table, and then they cement the rocks in place! This activity just doesn't sit well with me in today's heightened environmental consciousness, and there really isn't even any sense of nostalgia to redeem it. It seemed like an arrogant and entitled thing to do. I was also kind of bummed that the author seems to have made up the names of the towns in this book. We know the Boxcar Children live some place in New England, but are they in MA? Or CT? This book mentions two towns: Conley and Ashland. There is an Ashland in MA, but it's not a seaside community, and I can't find any Conley anywhere in New England. Oh, well. Finally, I don't know if I'm just getting tired of the Boxcar Children's we'll-fix-the-world adventures, but for the first time, their interest in other people's activities seemed to border on meddling. Sure, this "Cook boy" was gruff and seemingly unhappy, but was it really any of the Aldens' business? I can understand their interest in any goings-on at the house next to the lighthouse, but beyond that, why are they so interested in other people's affairs?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jg

    fun and it makes you feel like you're in a swimming pool. the last part at least, I think fun and it makes you feel like you're in a swimming pool. the last part at least, I think

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    The Aldens spend a summer living in a lighthouse where they meet all kinds of people, including a boy who always seems angry. They work together to solve the mystery of this boy and try to befriend him. I read this book with one of the book clubs in my fourth grade class. The kids really enjoyed it and I think I managed to get them hooked on mysteries, which is exciting! This story was definitely outdated, but we enjoyed reading it anyway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raegynn M.

    This was an easy read about four different sibling that like to solve mysteries. Following two brothers, two sisters, and their grandfather, they solve the mystery behind a boy and his family. These books read very easily and smoothly, I would recommend these books to anyone who needs any last-minute books that they need to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Stopka

    I love to watch the children grow up and every book. They are sometimes you feel like they don't grow up at all in other times you can tell how they've grown. This was definitely a fun read. I love to watch the children grow up and every book. They are sometimes you feel like they don't grow up at all in other times you can tell how they've grown. This was definitely a fun read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in New England. The family spends a while in a rented lighthouse. They build and explore and cook and swim. It sounds like a good time. There is also a mystery involving a strange woman and seaweed. It wasn't exciting, but I still enjoyed it. This takes place in New England. The family spends a while in a rented lighthouse. They build and explore and cook and swim. It sounds like a good time. There is also a mystery involving a strange woman and seaweed. It wasn't exciting, but I still enjoyed it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I read this for my popsugar challenge. It's a series I remember really enjoying as a child. The 3 star rating is because I recognize that it's well done Children's literature but isn't meant for me as an adult. Some of it is very dated at this point (as expected from a book written in the 60s). It wasn't terrible, but I wasn't as blown away as I remember being as a kid. Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book from a series with more than 20 books in it I read this for my popsugar challenge. It's a series I remember really enjoying as a child. The 3 star rating is because I recognize that it's well done Children's literature but isn't meant for me as an adult. Some of it is very dated at this point (as expected from a book written in the 60s). It wasn't terrible, but I wasn't as blown away as I remember being as a kid. Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book from a series with more than 20 books in it

  9. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    I read the eighth book in the Boxcar Children series, called "The Lighthouse Mystery". I enjoyed it more when I read it at the age of 11. Although this is well written, it seems to be written more for a younger age. I was a little displeased in the setting and characterization in this book because it was never really there. The characters felt as though they were flat, along with the setting. The mystery was good and I enjoyed that part of the book. "The Lighthouse Mystery" starts with Grandfathe I read the eighth book in the Boxcar Children series, called "The Lighthouse Mystery". I enjoyed it more when I read it at the age of 11. Although this is well written, it seems to be written more for a younger age. I was a little displeased in the setting and characterization in this book because it was never really there. The characters felt as though they were flat, along with the setting. The mystery was good and I enjoyed that part of the book. "The Lighthouse Mystery" starts with Grandfather Alden and the children on an adventure at a local lighthouse. After finding out that the lighthouse was for sale, the group begged Grandfather Alden into buying it. Grandfather Alden decides to rent it instead of buy it. After moving in, strange things begin to happen almost overnight. During the night, around 12 a.m. every night, the group's dog Watch barked for about ten minutes. For some time they tried to figure out what Watch was barking at. The group soon determined the house is the source of Watch’s distress. The house is really old and boarded up, and was used for the summer kitchen. During the following night, the group spotted a woman walking away from the house. In the following weeks, the group ran into an angry young man. This guy was carrying books, and looked quite distraught. They soon found out that the boy’s dad will not let him go to college. He graduated High School at the age of 16 and loves science. During the night, the boy practices science experiments in the boarded-up house attached to the lighthouse. His mother sneaked in supplies for him, and sometimes used the father’s boat. One day a terrible storm rolls through, while the mother and boy were out to sea to gather supplies. Almost losing their lives to such storm, they are saved by the children. The boy is able to go to college, and the kids return to the lighthouse. The characterization in this book was a little flat. I feel the first Boxcar Children book would set a template for the main characters. This book jumps right into the mystery. I found it hard to determine which character was which. Most of the time the book was focused on Larry, the boy who could not go to college. Larry was still a flat character though, and that was one of my downgrades for the book. The setting took place near the bay in an undisclosed location. The Lighthouse was for sale along with the attached house. The attached house is boarded up and is only used for Larry’s experiments. The setting was very bland in my opinion and was never expanded on. I would recommend this book for grades eight and under and ages 11 to 14. I recommend this because it appeals to the middle school age group. The way the book is written exemplifies this. I would also recommend reading the rest of the books before this one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    I am in the process of re-reading the original 19 in order. This book takes place immediately following book 7, The Woodshed Mystery. It is the same summer and as the family is driving home from a visit to nearby Aunt Jane's new home, they decide to stop at the beach where they find a lighthouse for sale. They end up renting instead of buying and this is where they stay for the next couple of weeks. While the last book had one of the finest mysteries to date in the series, this one is hard press I am in the process of re-reading the original 19 in order. This book takes place immediately following book 7, The Woodshed Mystery. It is the same summer and as the family is driving home from a visit to nearby Aunt Jane's new home, they decide to stop at the beach where they find a lighthouse for sale. They end up renting instead of buying and this is where they stay for the next couple of weeks. While the last book had one of the finest mysteries to date in the series, this one is hard pressed to even find a mystery within its pages. A truly charming story which I thoroughly enjoyed but the mystery consisted of wondering what the boy next door was up to and figuring it out all very quickly. Of course, they didn't tell the boy they knew what he was up to but that's not exactly mysterious! This one contains quite a bit of interesting information on sea life and seafood and Warner actually makes a political statement on her thoughts on the space race. She thinks that time and money would be better spent on exploring the sea (for the purposes of feeding the world) than on exploring outer space. A new character is introduced and ends up going to Henry's college so I expect we'll see him in future books. A perfectly enjoyable story about the family, has the family very gently "roughing it" in an old lighthouse but not exactly a mystery.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mikayla

    This one was a bit bothersome, the kids seem to just assume that their grandfather will buy them a whole lighthouse just because they want it, then are afraid maybe swimsuits will be to expensive. They are all a bit overly confadent that they will solve everything perfectly. It felt a bit to perfect.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Another fun read of the Boxcar Children! This one did lean a bit more towards mystery than the others, which was nice-I enjoy these books more for the nostalgia than the actual story or writing quality.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I love lighthouses. Add a mystery and a six-year-old's crush on Benny and you've got the makings for an enjoyable easy read. I love lighthouses. Add a mystery and a six-year-old's crush on Benny and you've got the makings for an enjoyable easy read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    Just your average adventure with the Alden kids. However, I'd forgotten that John Carter showed up so that was a nice surprise. Just your average adventure with the Alden kids. However, I'd forgotten that John Carter showed up so that was a nice surprise.

  15. 5 out of 5

    JP

    Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior. You know what's even more unusual? Traveling home from The Woodshed Mystery, seeing a lighthouse for sale on the side of the road and deciding that your grandfather should buy it. And knowing that he totally could[^wat]. Luckily (?), it's already been sold, so instead they just rent it. And of course find a mystery in the night which even to my five year old wasn't that much of a surprise. But it's still an Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior. You know what's even more unusual? Traveling home from The Woodshed Mystery, seeing a lighthouse for sale on the side of the road and deciding that your grandfather should buy it. And knowing that he totally could[^wat]. Luckily (?), it's already been sold, so instead they just rent it. And of course find a mystery in the night which even to my five year old wasn't that much of a surprise. But it's still an engaging story and a new settings, so that's cool. And the idea of using concrete and rocks to make natural beach chairs is one I may have to steal (albeit sadly without the beach)[^environment]. They also sort of force themselves into the grumpy family, whether they want it or not. But it all ends up well in the end because friendship. And hey. It has a lighthouse! It's a fun enough story, par for the course for the Boxcar Children. My children enjoyed it at least. [^wat]: It's even crazier when later Jessie complains because "four new [swimsuits] would cost too much". Um. More or less than a lighthouse... [^environment]: Granted, it's not the most environmentally friendly option. Everything in moderation?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    These children are spoilt as anything. Driving home from Aunt Jane's, they spot a lighthouse for sale, and immediately beg grandfather to buy it for them so that they can spend a few weeks(!) of their summer there. Grandfather, who is a poor example of decent behaviour at the best of times, does not tell this grabby foursome to shut their traps and stop being such gimme pigs, but he should. Hence the mystery in the lighthouse, because when you've been trained to be just this entitled - and what These children are spoilt as anything. Driving home from Aunt Jane's, they spot a lighthouse for sale, and immediately beg grandfather to buy it for them so that they can spend a few weeks(!) of their summer there. Grandfather, who is a poor example of decent behaviour at the best of times, does not tell this grabby foursome to shut their traps and stop being such gimme pigs, but he should. Hence the mystery in the lighthouse, because when you've been trained to be just this entitled - and what a contrast to how attractive these kids were in the first volume of this series, when they made the best of very little without complaint - it's only a matter of time before you start poking your noses into other people's business. On the plus side, there actually is a nice kid in this. Larry, the subject of said mystery, is a marine biology nerd of the highest order. He spends his time running experiments on seaweed and plankton - having done this myself I am predisposed to like him - and being disinterestedly focused on the welfare of others... instead of merely interfering out of boredom.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Hartfelder

    It's been a long time since I've read a Boxcar Children book, and I read this one with my son in the waiting room for various Dr's appointments after he broke his arm. I am thankful for the Boxcar Children books as they've helped both of my sons gain confidence as readers and transition from easy readers to chapter books. From a literary standpoint, there's not much to them, and this one in particular had a very simple, contrived plotline. However, the children are kind and respectful and consis It's been a long time since I've read a Boxcar Children book, and I read this one with my son in the waiting room for various Dr's appointments after he broke his arm. I am thankful for the Boxcar Children books as they've helped both of my sons gain confidence as readers and transition from easy readers to chapter books. From a literary standpoint, there's not much to them, and this one in particular had a very simple, contrived plotline. However, the children are kind and respectful and consistently look for ways to help others. I certainly wouldn't want my children to stop here permanently, but Boxcar Children books make an excellent stepping stone on the road to a lifelong love of reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Nadzam

    Another Boxcar mystery. Grandfather continues to have boat-loads of money and to give the children whatever they want without any negative consequences. Most children would be thoroughly spoiled at this point! In this one, while driving home, the children see a lighthouse and decide they want to live in it for the summer. So, of course, that is a reasonable request, and they get what they want. The mystery is begins when Watch begins to bark at midnight each night. Watch never barks—so what’s happ Another Boxcar mystery. Grandfather continues to have boat-loads of money and to give the children whatever they want without any negative consequences. Most children would be thoroughly spoiled at this point! In this one, while driving home, the children see a lighthouse and decide they want to live in it for the summer. So, of course, that is a reasonable request, and they get what they want. The mystery is begins when Watch begins to bark at midnight each night. Watch never barks—so what’s happening outside of the lighthouse each night?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Nessler

    The Alden kids never cease to amaze to find a new mystery wherever they seem to be. Not only do they find it but they seem to solve them quickly over time. This time the Alden children are finished visiting with Aunt Jane and are on the drive home when they wander upon a lighthouse and beg there grandfather to stay. Much happens good and bad they is potential for someone to be lost in a big storm, they rekindle relationships among a family, they continue to grow their survival skills. Quite the The Alden kids never cease to amaze to find a new mystery wherever they seem to be. Not only do they find it but they seem to solve them quickly over time. This time the Alden children are finished visiting with Aunt Jane and are on the drive home when they wander upon a lighthouse and beg there grandfather to stay. Much happens good and bad they is potential for someone to be lost in a big storm, they rekindle relationships among a family, they continue to grow their survival skills. Quite the interesting book, in the end someone's dreams come true, how great!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    one warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew where they had com from. characters are Henry,Jessie,Violet,and Benny and it is about a boy that is in a haunted forest. he likes to do sometimes is to Explorer new thing and do coll things like jump of a cliff. Jessie sees a mysterious woman walking on the grounds of the lighthouse late at night.Boxcar children can solve the lighthouse Mystery.there at new England coast. Henry finds a puzzling note in the sand.it is a lighthou one warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew where they had com from. characters are Henry,Jessie,Violet,and Benny and it is about a boy that is in a haunted forest. he likes to do sometimes is to Explorer new thing and do coll things like jump of a cliff. Jessie sees a mysterious woman walking on the grounds of the lighthouse late at night.Boxcar children can solve the lighthouse Mystery.there at new England coast. Henry finds a puzzling note in the sand.it is a lighthouse mystery. and it is the eighth book of it's kind.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kendig

    (LL) These kids are freaking spoiled as all hell. They legit convinced their grandfather he could use (purchase) a lighthouse just for them so they could have fun exploring the land. They end up renting it, but still. They buy so much stuff for activities when they definitely could have brought the same stuff from home, which would make sense since they were there for the whole freaking summer. The story was boring and the language (and messages) in these books are so problematic I can’t give it (LL) These kids are freaking spoiled as all hell. They legit convinced their grandfather he could use (purchase) a lighthouse just for them so they could have fun exploring the land. They end up renting it, but still. They buy so much stuff for activities when they definitely could have brought the same stuff from home, which would make sense since they were there for the whole freaking summer. The story was boring and the language (and messages) in these books are so problematic I can’t give it any higher of a rating than two stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jane Night

    I absolutely loved this series as a kid. I read this book recently as an adult and, for me, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I had as a kid (though I do enjoy some middle grade). I know my daughter is a fan of the series so I think the series is great for the intended audience. I think this is great for younger middle graders and it is an easy read. There was also no content I found objectionable and, in fact, I loved some of the discussions that were had about education and other topics. I absolutely loved this series as a kid. I read this book recently as an adult and, for me, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I had as a kid (though I do enjoy some middle grade). I know my daughter is a fan of the series so I think the series is great for the intended audience. I think this is great for younger middle graders and it is an easy read. There was also no content I found objectionable and, in fact, I loved some of the discussions that were had about education and other topics.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Piper

    This review would have been immensely different if Grandfather would have actually bought a random lighthouse on the way home “just because”. BUT the “renting it for the summer” idea was much better and much more fun and believable. Loved the Cook family and the seaweed cooking experiment… and honestly the “clam chowder” and “baked beans” reunion with Larry and the professor was adorable at the end. These crazy kids and their crazy mysteries are just cute. I don’t care what anyone else says.

  24. 5 out of 5

    hedgehog

    My favorite bit was how the kids just up and ask their grandfather to buy a lighthouse for them to play in. No big deal! Gramps can afford this! An entire lighthouse! Can't wait for a book where Violet passes a baby in a carriage and decides she just has to take it home.... (Then in a backpedaling bid to make us forget this gross sense of entitlement, Jessie frets about buying 4 bathing suits. Isn't that too, too expensive, Grandfather? NICE TRY, JESS. I'M ON TO YOU.) My favorite bit was how the kids just up and ask their grandfather to buy a lighthouse for them to play in. No big deal! Gramps can afford this! An entire lighthouse! Can't wait for a book where Violet passes a baby in a carriage and decides she just has to take it home.... (Then in a backpedaling bid to make us forget this gross sense of entitlement, Jessie frets about buying 4 bathing suits. Isn't that too, too expensive, Grandfather? NICE TRY, JESS. I'M ON TO YOU.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    the children saw a light hous for sale and bought it. there's a boarded up house too. At night watch would always bark. There also is an unpleasant teenager Henry's age. the children build rock seats and table. that night they see a boat coming... the children saw a light hous for sale and bought it. there's a boarded up house too. At night watch would always bark. There also is an unpleasant teenager Henry's age. the children build rock seats and table. that night they see a boat coming...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allyson

    Like all the Boxcar Children books, this one is filled with improbable situations that the Alden children by simply being kind and caring about people. I think that’s why my kids keep asking for the next one. I’ll keep reading them until they get tired of them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grace Lynch

    I enjoyed this story and the fun adventure of it, but I did find the sense of money with the kids to be weird. They asked their grandfather for a lighthouse and got it, but they also could not feel like they could ask for new swim suits right he away because of the expense? Interesting

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    This is another one with an actual mystery. The last book had a history lesson and this book has a science lesson.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    It's a very good book I Can't believe how good this series is I think they should make the books longer so I can enjoy the book It's a very good book I Can't believe how good this series is I think they should make the books longer so I can enjoy the book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)

    My boys enjoyed it.

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