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Grandfather is taking everyone on a special holiday trip to an old-fashioned New England inn. The Aldens have fun playing in the snow, ice-skating and working puzzles. Then suddenly they become part of a very special puzzle.


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Grandfather is taking everyone on a special holiday trip to an old-fashioned New England inn. The Aldens have fun playing in the snow, ice-skating and working puzzles. Then suddenly they become part of a very special puzzle.

30 review for The Mystery at Snowflake Inn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Kuntz

    The Boxcar children are on vacation to the Snowflake Inn. Strange things are happening. Someone is breaking the windows and blocking the fireplace and putting water on the wood. The Boxcar children have to figure out who is trying to shut down the old inn.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klinedinst

    I love this series...it is a good mystery series to read especially for young children...this series is a good clean fun mystery to read. I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads. I love reading these type of Young Children's Books. I love this series...it is a good mystery series to read especially for young children...this series is a good clean fun mystery to read. I give this book 5/5 Stars here on Goodreads. I love reading these type of Young Children's Books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    A children's book but interesting for anyone who wants a quick read. Games and puzzles included in the book. A children's book but interesting for anyone who wants a quick read. Games and puzzles included in the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This looked like a cute holiday read, but it ended up being disappointing. The grandfather is referenced as grandpa and also James, making it confusing. It was cool how they hid colonial spies in a hidden nook in the Snowflake Inn. Americans would sneak secret messages through British lines. The coded messages told colonial forces about their enemies troop enemies and the size of their regiments. When the spies were sometimes betrayed, they had to flee the Redcoats. If caught, they would have been This looked like a cute holiday read, but it ended up being disappointing. The grandfather is referenced as grandpa and also James, making it confusing. It was cool how they hid colonial spies in a hidden nook in the Snowflake Inn. Americans would sneak secret messages through British lines. The coded messages told colonial forces about their enemies troop enemies and the size of their regiments. When the spies were sometimes betrayed, they had to flee the Redcoats. If caught, they would have been shot as traitors. George Washington, the leasing general for the Americans, stayed at the inn and slept in the bed their grandpa did. They mentioned Madge Carson, one of the best spies. ‘With some people, no matter how hard you tried, nothing made them happy.’ Madge Carson and her daughter Penelope, lived in Trenton, New Jersey. George Washington’s army was at Valley Forge, across the Delaware River from them. The British paid German soldiers, called Hessians, to guard Trenton. The troops planned a party and had Madge bring them a dozen chickens. She knew it would be a great time to surprise the enemies while they partied. So she rowed to George Washington across the icy river. They crossed the river and attacked the Hessians. The Redcoats discovered Madge was missing, & knew she had spies on them. She didn’t go home for this reason, and hid in the woods with her daughter. She avoided capture because she knew the woods and river. They made it to Bennington, Vermont and were hid by the Ross family, original owners of the Snowflake Inn. When the British arrived to search for them they hid in the secret room. They ended up going to Maine. The chapter titles gave away what would happen, which I never like in books. ‘“We think somebody put the mouse in our room.” “Why would someone do that?” Benny asked. “Maybe to frighten us,” Jessie said, pausing as she reached for a cookie. “Maybe someone wants us out of here for some reason.” Benny took a big bite of his chocolate chip cookie. “A little mouse isn’t going to make us leave!” Chuckling, Henry replied, “That’s right, Benny. Some people, though, are afraid of mice and might have screamed.” He glanced fondly at his sisters. “Whoever it was didn’t know Violet and Jessie.”’ It made no sense how after the stove broke, everyone heads into town, and the owner Ralph goes to the barber shop for an apparent haircut?, while his son Larry takes a husband and wife staying at the inn to see a historic mansion. Shouldn’t the owner and his son be buying the new stove? Grandfather(James Alden) offered to buy one, but was that from his own money or did Ralph pay for it?! I know the author likes writing the kids as independent and self-sufficient, but the kids' skills were a bit unrealistic at times, like being able to cook a turkey meal. Living on their own in a boxcar doesn’t make them able to cook a Christmas meal. Can you imagine kids cooking a turkey and giblets and all the trimmings? I’m 27 and I’ve never cooked a turkey! And in the beginning, their grandad complementing Henry on being able to read a map and him knowing he should be able to at 14...boy things have changed! The drawing of Benny emerging from the secret room was creepy. His heads tilted and eyes wide. This was not interesting. The ‘mystery’ element was barely there. Not much of a mystery at all. It was clear it was a human doing these things. Also pretty clear who it was! It could only have been a few people. And the person it ends up being was completely predictable. She just tells on herself & all is forgiven. So the Aldens didn’t solve the mystery. Then at the end somehow Larry finally sees the inn is charming in its historicalness. And Ralph realizes he needs to compromise & they can meet in the middle. How did they reach this decision? It had nothing to offer besides the historical details of the inn and George Washington. Not one of their better ones. Another disappointing read in this series, though The Mystery of the Lost Village I read last month was a little better. The activities at the end were cute, a word search, connect the dots, piece it together pictures, sing alongs, memorize them picture, coloring page, and then recipes for popcorn balls, maple ice, bird feeder, snow paintings, a boxcar box. Some kid filled out most of them, though this is a library copy, but it’ll be good for a kid with their own copy to have something to do on a winter day stuck inside.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Part of the problem is probably just that I'm outside the targeted age group, but the characters just read as incredibly wooden to me. The mystery was also pretty boring, but if that had been the only problem, I would have been willing to forgive it because of the aforementioned outside-demographic issue. I got through it because it was easy to read and available for free, but I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to read any others in this series. Part of the problem is probably just that I'm outside the targeted age group, but the characters just read as incredibly wooden to me. The mystery was also pretty boring, but if that had been the only problem, I would have been willing to forgive it because of the aforementioned outside-demographic issue. I got through it because it was easy to read and available for free, but I definitely wouldn't go out of my way to read any others in this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Lizzie: I liked how this one had a lot of history in it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Delightful Christmas story with a mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eugene Struzik

    Great book for third grade It was a great book for a read aloud in my Third Grade Class. The class really enjoy the story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jaylene Goad

    I read this a LONG time ago when I was a child. I still remember it though. I will have my daughter read this as well!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jishnu Thakkar

    my favorite character was Benny cause he loves to eat like me nothing surprised me i would not change the ending

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aiden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Couldn't believe Betsy did it! Couldn't believe Betsy did it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gabby Proxmire

    The Mystery at Snowflake Inn Gertrude Chandler Warner Benny, Jessie, Violet, Henry and Mr. Alden all went to Snowflake Inn for a family vacation. But they didn't know that while they were there they would have to solve a mystery. A person at Snowflake inn has been causing destruction. They have been letting the horses out, breaking windows, unplugging the fridge and many more. But the Alden children sneak around trying to find out who is this mystery person. At then end they discover that the myst The Mystery at Snowflake Inn Gertrude Chandler Warner Benny, Jessie, Violet, Henry and Mr. Alden all went to Snowflake Inn for a family vacation. But they didn't know that while they were there they would have to solve a mystery. A person at Snowflake inn has been causing destruction. They have been letting the horses out, breaking windows, unplugging the fridge and many more. But the Alden children sneak around trying to find out who is this mystery person. At then end they discover that the mystery person is the owner of the inn's niece. This book was exciting when Benny was crawling in secret rooms trying to figure out who the person was. Also it was exciting when the kids figured out that it was Betty, the niece. The book was relieving when betty confessed to all the things she had done to he inn. I recommend this book to Middle Schoolers who like fun and exciting mysteries. I would recommend it for Middle Schoolers because most of the words in this book would be too big for elementary school kids.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I just loved this book. It made me currious who had done it. I was a little upset that I found out it was someone else who did the mischeif. I was hoping it was the grandson. I was thinking he did it because everything was so old fashioned. It was just to much. I was so excited though when they find out who really did it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Fresh

    Just finished this with my 4 year old. We've enjoyed this series. They keep his attention and he's interested in the characters. This was a cute one about someone trying to close down an Inn that the family is staying in. The boys and girls have to solve the mystery! Just finished this with my 4 year old. We've enjoyed this series. They keep his attention and he's interested in the characters. This was a cute one about someone trying to close down an Inn that the family is staying in. The boys and girls have to solve the mystery!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I think ive read it. know I at least had it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    great when ur little

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I read this book in order to set up a Reading class unit on the Boxcar Children. It was a cute story, and is written in a way that makes creating lessons easy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    It was a great mystery! It is so cook!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I loved this book. I would recommend this book for 8-12 year olds. I could not put it down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annalise

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Booker

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Booksmostly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kara Douglas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nioniel

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma Northington

  27. 5 out of 5

    JoAnna Van Vleet

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  29. 4 out of 5

    KF

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin Nowicki

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