Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mystery Behind the Wall - Childhood Favorite Review

Mystery Behind the Wall by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Library
Description:  When the Boxcar Children find an old journal behind the closet wall in the guest room, they never dream it will lead them on a search for a valuable coin collection.  What happened to the girl who wrote the journal...and what is she trying to tell them?  (from Goodreads)

Genre: Children/MG

Why I Picked This Book: 
My Impression: I think I was about 7 when I discovered the Boxcar Children and pretty much immediately fell in love.  I loved the idea of the 4 kids essentially playing house in an old train car and then their continuing adventures were just so much fun I read every book the library had multiple times.  There's only 2 I really remember vividly - the first one and this one which is later in the series but still part of the original set.  Even as a kid I loved mysteries with ties into the past and the fact that they actually get started on this search by something that had been hidden in a wall captures my imagination to this day.
Rereading this I can see why I loved it as a child.  The adventure and the figuring out the puzzle are lots of fun even today.  You do have to suspend your belief quite a bit but I don't think that's that uncommon for this genre.  I would've liked a little more resolution about what happened to the Shaw family but I think that's the adult brain looking for meat to the story versus an issue the intended audience would have.  While I'm not sure I would have loved this as much if I hadn't had such fond memories of it I still found this incredibly readable and I'm looking forward to making this series bedtime reading when the Tornado gets a little bit older

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?:  Definitely!  I'm really looking forward to reading this one out loud and I wouldn't mind catching up on some more of the Alden family adventures!

Would I Recommend this Book?:  Yes - I think most kids would enjoy this series and it's fun for adults too!


  1. Don't remember ever reading these but they sound fun. :)

  2. I will defintitely have to give this series a try for my daughter's sake. I don't remember reading the Boxcar Children books as a child . . . I'll have to ask my mom the next time I talk to her.

  3. I think I read one or two of these but they didn't click with me. I know what you mean about the adult brain and its POV versus a child'; it really makes a difference to our appreciation.