Friday, March 01, 2013


THE BOARDWALK MYSTERY by Tim Jessel (THE BOXCAR CHILDREN created by Gertrude Chandler Warner): I read this chapter book aloud to my six-year-old daughter, and we both enjoyed it. Tim Jessel continues the adventures of the Alden children as they visit the seaside with their grandfather. Their host, Mr. Hanson, new owner of an amusement pier, finds himself grateful for the Aldens' help as his pier is subject to nasty rumors and acts of sabotage. Suspects include Mr. Hanson's own children, Will and Wendy, who ostensibly help their father but resented the move from Colorado to New Jersey for their father to fulfill his dream, Mrs. Reddy, the older woman who sold the pier to Mr. Hanson but seems to regret her decision, and Mr. Cooke, owner of a rival amusement pier. Naturally, the Aldens figure out the culprit, helping out and enjoying seaside fun along the way.

Tim Jessel keeps the old-fashioned charm of the original series while adding such modern touches as cell phones. One of the things I've always liked about the Alden children is their resourcefulness, and that's in full view here as they collect clues and discover leads. They are also polite and helpful, but not in an annoying way. A fun entry to a classic mystery series for younger children.

Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title from the publisher.

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