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Many complications follow when a dog attaches himself to the Aldens on a bicycle trip.


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Many complications follow when a dog attaches himself to the Aldens on a bicycle trip.

30 review for Bicycle Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I think this is the last of the original Boxcar Children books we are getting from the library. (After this, we are into ghostwriter territory.) It definitely shows its age, though it's not as bad as some of these original GCW-penned stories. The four Alden children decide to visit Aunt Jane on her farm but, rather than take the station wagon, Grandfather suggests the kids ride their bicycles there, instead. The "adventures" the children have chiefly involve helping overwhelmed strangers with th I think this is the last of the original Boxcar Children books we are getting from the library. (After this, we are into ghostwriter territory.) It definitely shows its age, though it's not as bad as some of these original GCW-penned stories. The four Alden children decide to visit Aunt Jane on her farm but, rather than take the station wagon, Grandfather suggests the kids ride their bicycles there, instead. The "adventures" the children have chiefly involve helping overwhelmed strangers with their chores... they help a housewife prepare the house for a dinner to impress her husband's boss (and, yes, of course Jessie and Violet help in the kitchen and Henry and Benny do the yard work--and, yes, no one thinks twice about going to a stranger's home) and later helping a farmer harvest some vegetables. They also spend a stormy night in a derelict house and soothe any concerns of trespassing because they assume the owner must not care about the house at all and wouldn't begrudge them a stay there. All this feels so impossible for today's children and I really wonder how many kids even in the 60s would have been allowed to do this, though I suppose perhaps one saving grace here is that Henry is in college so he's probably actually an adult by now and Jessie and Violet are in high school, so it's not like a bunch of little kids are going around the countryside on their own. The main mystery involves a pedigree dog that shows up at the derelict house and follows them to Aunt Jane's farm. It is so nice and well-behaved, it must belong to someone, but how will they find out who!? It was nice having a dog around again (Watch is always staying home with Grandfather these days). Do be aware children sensitive to animal peril might worry about dogs being stolen as that is a thread here, though (view spoiler)[ it turns out the dog simply got lost and is reunited with his people at the end (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I wish we still had a society where four kids could spend a week bicycling to their aunt's house safely. :P I wish we still had a society where four kids could spend a week bicycling to their aunt's house safely. :P

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeffery Worrell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book and all of the cool things that happened with the dog.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

    In between books while I was at the cabin I decided to read a box car children book for old time's sake. I don't think I read this specific one as a kid, but I really enjoyed the ones I did read. In between books while I was at the cabin I decided to read a box car children book for old time's sake. I don't think I read this specific one as a kid, but I really enjoyed the ones I did read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raegynn M.

    This book is a book in the Boxcar Children series were four siblings are involved in many adventures where ever they go. This book is full of action and a little crime is involved in this story. Following the four siblings you get to know more about them with the more adventures they have and what skills they have inherited because of all the adventures they find. I would recommend this book to someone who likes reading about mystery and adventure or someone who needs a quick read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    I read just about every one of these I could get my hands on when I was a child. In my later teens, I picked up the series again to see what it was that I liked so much about the series. The answer: realistic characters, believable storyline, and a kind of summer escapist's daydream into some things that I may never do or experience as much as the boxcar children did. The characters in particular were well crafted. The villains always had a reason for their crime that seemed reasonable from thei I read just about every one of these I could get my hands on when I was a child. In my later teens, I picked up the series again to see what it was that I liked so much about the series. The answer: realistic characters, believable storyline, and a kind of summer escapist's daydream into some things that I may never do or experience as much as the boxcar children did. The characters in particular were well crafted. The villains always had a reason for their crime that seemed reasonable from their point of view (unlike the standard evil villain cliches seen in many childrens' mysteries). The Boxcar Children themselves appeared kind at heart yet at the same time weren't snobs either. I've definitely outgrown the series in terms of reading ability and criticism, but that doesn't stop me from recognizing good writing when I see it (I don't believe that Gertrude Chandler Warner actually wrote all of these books, but whoever continued in her stead was a good writer and emulator). This a great series for boys and girls alike still in grade school--books that are wholesome, yet interesting and enjoyable as well.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elevetha

    The Boxcar Children = most read series between the ages of 6 and 9 for me. I think of these fondly. Every child should read this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    This was less of a bicycle mystery and more of a dog mystery. There were a lot of little mysteries in this book that made it hard to follow at times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JP

    Only a few weeks left in the summer, so the Boxcar Children are going on (another) adventure closer to home! This time, they're going to ride their bikes to Aunt Jane's and of course find a several mysteries (and a dog!) along the way. It's really quite strange how close together everything is. They keep going by previous locations, such as Second Landing and Aunt Jane's. New England I guess? It's a cute story and, given their current ages, seems entirely appropriate. Although just how old is Ben Only a few weeks left in the summer, so the Boxcar Children are going on (another) adventure closer to home! This time, they're going to ride their bikes to Aunt Jane's and of course find a several mysteries (and a dog!) along the way. It's really quite strange how close together everything is. They keep going by previous locations, such as Second Landing and Aunt Jane's. New England I guess? It's a cute story and, given their current ages, seems entirely appropriate. Although just how old is Benny supposed to be to plan to ride up to 50 miles a day several days in a row? I don't know if it's something that would really make sense where we live in the midwest, but everything in New England is a bit more compact. Random weird thoughts: "No, just for today I serve lunch for you. Look in there." The foreign man who takes a liking to the Aldens and won't take food from them. And this isn't the only time. There are entirely too many points making a big deal about 'your money is no good here' / who's going to pay / how much for variou things. Also, this amused me greatly: "Good," the policeman said. "We found them with two stolen poodles and a Scottie that didn't belong to them. That man and woman will go back where they came from, but they will pay a great big fine!" "They deserve it!" Benny said. "I hope they won't do it again." "They won't," promised the man. He laughed. "They have policemen on the West Coast, too, you know." Perhaps I'm projecting, but man that makes them all sound snooty about the West Coasters. Old Money New Englanders looking down on New Money Californians? Probably just me. :) And this: "I'm sorry myself," said Grandfather. "But there was a reason. And don't forget, Ben, somebody always has to come in second." And this was something Benny Alden never forgot. So long as they have money or you can buy them, right? I'm not really being fair, Grandfather does seem to generally be a good person. He just also tends to solve all of his problems with money. I'm curious if that sticks for Benny though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The Aldens decide to go on a trip to visit a relative by bicycle. Along the way they meet a dog. There’s no sign of who he belongs to or where he came from, but he’s good company along the way. They work together (and with all the friendly people they meet on their trip) to solve the mystery of where he came from and get him back to his owners. I read this one with one of the book clubs in my fourth grade classroom. This was my lowest group and I think they really enjoyed this book. I picked a b The Aldens decide to go on a trip to visit a relative by bicycle. Along the way they meet a dog. There’s no sign of who he belongs to or where he came from, but he’s good company along the way. They work together (and with all the friendly people they meet on their trip) to solve the mystery of where he came from and get him back to his owners. I read this one with one of the book clubs in my fourth grade classroom. This was my lowest group and I think they really enjoyed this book. I picked a boxcar children mystery because there are SO MANY of them that I figured if they like this one, it opens the door to tons more books for them. It was a simple but nice story. A bit outdated of course, but overall it was enjoyable for me and the kids.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    Grandfather boots the kids out of the house for another trip, sending them on a cycling holiday to their aunt's house. On the way they find a lost dog, and the rest of the trip is dedicated to finding the dog's owner and returning him to them. Of course they succeed, but I enjoyed that for once - criminal lurkings in the background aside - in this case the dog really was lost, which is a very mild mystery but also an understandable one. Far more mysterious is four children volunteering to do a s Grandfather boots the kids out of the house for another trip, sending them on a cycling holiday to their aunt's house. On the way they find a lost dog, and the rest of the trip is dedicated to finding the dog's owner and returning him to them. Of course they succeed, but I enjoyed that for once - criminal lurkings in the background aside - in this case the dog really was lost, which is a very mild mystery but also an understandable one. Far more mysterious is four children volunteering to do a stranger's housework, which I suspect is meant to come across as kindness and goodwill to all, but which skirts the line of mildly disturbing. (Next stop Stepford, perhaps?)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    So this is our third Boxcar children audiobook and what makes this one great is the narrator. She is very pleasant to listen to and does all the different voices really well. A surprising thing on this one was the sound effects throughout-really enjoyed that addition. The story line is a cute one, simple but interesting. You find yourself smiling, laughing, and trying to figure out the mystery right along with the Aldens.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    The Aldens do a little family visit/bike touring and meet, as usual, a mystery: a strange dog, a mysteriously sad woman, and a creepy man following them in a car. I don't know if I read this one when I was a kid (probably, I had most of them), but I enjoyed revisiting these old friends. Read this one because it had bicycles in it. The Aldens do a little family visit/bike touring and meet, as usual, a mystery: a strange dog, a mysteriously sad woman, and a creepy man following them in a car. I don't know if I read this one when I was a kid (probably, I had most of them), but I enjoyed revisiting these old friends. Read this one because it had bicycles in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    A classic and well acclaimed series, recommended as a great series for young readers. The Boxcar Children invoke the enjoyment for mystery-solving and having a close relationship with family. The Alden's find a lost dog and in order to reunite him with his owner they must get through a storm, a shifty couple, a dog show, and a miles long journey on their bicycles! A classic and well acclaimed series, recommended as a great series for young readers. The Boxcar Children invoke the enjoyment for mystery-solving and having a close relationship with family. The Alden's find a lost dog and in order to reunite him with his owner they must get through a storm, a shifty couple, a dog show, and a miles long journey on their bicycles!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joseph McKnight

    The Aldens cannot even take a bike journey without ​finding adventure. This was a good read for the reading level. But this one was not in my top 10. It was a fun adventure and there was plenty of action to keep the reader involved. It would be a good choice to pick up. Joseph McKnight http://www.josephmcknight.com The Aldens cannot even take a bike journey without ​finding adventure. This was a good read for the reading level. But this one was not in my top 10. It was a fun adventure and there was plenty of action to keep the reader involved. It would be a good choice to pick up. Joseph McKnight http://www.josephmcknight.com

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Arrowsmith

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The lost dog happens to be a show dog. The kids manage to find a dog show to see if they can get any information on the dog. There are people who are wanting the dog because of how rare it is and they can sell for a lot of money. The kids find the owner, a boy and the dog's trainer, his uncle. A bike ride sounds fun. Only if people in my family were old enough to do a trip on it. The lost dog happens to be a show dog. The kids manage to find a dog show to see if they can get any information on the dog. There are people who are wanting the dog because of how rare it is and they can sell for a lot of money. The kids find the owner, a boy and the dog's trainer, his uncle. A bike ride sounds fun. Only if people in my family were old enough to do a trip on it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maximilian Lee

    This book wasn't that good because it had several mysteries but the conclusions were all mixed up. I liked the part when the Alden's met Smoky the Skye terrier. I think the dog was very cute. (according to google) This book wasn't that good because it had several mysteries but the conclusions were all mixed up. I liked the part when the Alden's met Smoky the Skye terrier. I think the dog was very cute. (according to google)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    The Bicycle Mystery provided many adventures for the Alden children. Every trip they take, they tend to find themselves with a mystery to solve! Great series for young children, as they are fun and teaches them to be kind individuals.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Britt

    Fun adventures A bicycle trip, reminding the children of their past adventures, but not requiring those be read before this one. A lost dog, and plenty of helpful kindness from the four children.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Rea

    I think that the general concept behind this story relies more on the fact that the kids are on a bicycling trip than the actual mystery itself. It really helps with getting engaged with the setting and puts you in that kind of traveling mindset.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    It was a little boring. I think my daughter is growing out of this series... Maybe it's mostly for 1st graders and by the time yiu get to 2nd grade it just drags? Dunno... maybe it was just this book. It was a little boring. I think my daughter is growing out of this series... Maybe it's mostly for 1st graders and by the time yiu get to 2nd grade it just drags? Dunno... maybe it was just this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Smith

    It was fun to reread a boxcar children book to my students. I had forgotten how fun they are!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karalynn Tyler

    Probably the most boring of these books. The kids ride bikes for two days to eat lunch with their aunt Jane and turn right back around to head home the same day. And a dog follows them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    BiblioKel

    Another Boxcar Children story written by the original author that's full of gender roles and stereotypes. Another Boxcar Children story written by the original author that's full of gender roles and stereotypes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    i liked it. but i don't know if other people do. i liked it becuase i personally like animals i liked it. but i don't know if other people do. i liked it becuase i personally like animals

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Osborne

    A fun, light read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I like the part where in the bicycle mystery they find shadow the dog, my other favorite part was when they took him to the dog show

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Lathrop

    In this book that Allen's go on a bicycle trip. On their way to their aunt's arm, they find a stray dog. They have no idea where it lives, and it follows them around everywhere. So they figure that they'll put an ad for a missing dog in the newspaper when they get home. But the dog whines and is very sad. Can the Aldens find the dog's home? In this book that Allen's go on a bicycle trip. On their way to their aunt's arm, they find a stray dog. They have no idea where it lives, and it follows them around everywhere. So they figure that they'll put an ad for a missing dog in the newspaper when they get home. But the dog whines and is very sad. Can the Aldens find the dog's home?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Of Warner's original 19 books, this is one of the weaker stories. The four kids set out on a bike trip to visit their Aunt Jane and pick up a mysterious dog along the way. Due to references to previous books, especially Mystery Ranch and Houseboat, it is best read in sequential order with the series and not as a standalone. As a young kid, I struggled with the multiple side plots, which are quickly resolved but introduce a variety of secondary characters that we don't see again (but you don't kn Of Warner's original 19 books, this is one of the weaker stories. The four kids set out on a bike trip to visit their Aunt Jane and pick up a mysterious dog along the way. Due to references to previous books, especially Mystery Ranch and Houseboat, it is best read in sequential order with the series and not as a standalone. As a young kid, I struggled with the multiple side plots, which are quickly resolved but introduce a variety of secondary characters that we don't see again (but you don't know that at the time of reading, so it seems a bit overwhelming to keep track of it all). I also had trouble connecting with the idea of taking a bike trip across the countryside without an adult, which was a very foreign concept to me as a kid growing up in a bike-unfriendly city. Being unable to relate to that idea made it harder to understand and enjoy the book. References to previous books also didn't help and left me struggling to remember who Uncle Andy was and what happened in on the Houseboat and other previous stories. As an adult, this made for a fun, quick read and brought back memories of bike trips in Europe as a young adult. Kudos to Warner for having an interesting secondary character from a relatively unknown European country, and for introducing foods such as pilaf. She also does a great job of using the kids to set good, positive examples for her readers while dealing with a variety of situations, such as dealing with grumpy people or getting caught in the rain. Final note: I have an old hardback library copy, and I LOVE the sturdy, cloth-like paper. You can almost wash the book, and it will still be just fine. Wish I could find the rest in this style.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    There were fun elements to this book, and I can't really resent a read that only takes an hour. I've found that the closer together I read these, the more repetitive the stories seem to be. The dog was fun, and there bicycle adventure was moderately diverting. These would have been more fun to read as a child, but I still have such an affinity for the series that I'm going to finish this. There were fun elements to this book, and I can't really resent a read that only takes an hour. I've found that the closer together I read these, the more repetitive the stories seem to be. The dog was fun, and there bicycle adventure was moderately diverting. These would have been more fun to read as a child, but I still have such an affinity for the series that I'm going to finish this.

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