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Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children #5)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,557 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Benny and his friend Mike are in trouble when they are curious about a uranium mine.
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Published (first published November 30th 1959)
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Meredith Buchanan
We’re up to book five of Gertrude’s opus, which is Mike’s Mystery. Come with me on this magical journey.

I’m surprised to find that the Boxcar children haven’t abandoned Aunt Jane at her farmhouse and then immediately forgotten about her. Disappointingly, they are going to visit her again. Probably because now they own her home and all her land, which is bringing them in billions (hundreds) of dollars, and they need to keep an eye on their investment and make sure the old biddy isn’t spending all
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 03, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: Next in the series. I am collecting the first original 19 books of this series.

Mike's Mystery could probably be said to have the first full blown mystery for the children to solve. All the previous books "mystery" was simply finding out the identity of mysterious strangers but this time we have a crime: arson, a witness: Mike's dog, and a couple of clues: a blue hat and a picture in a newspaper. We get a sense of real detecting going on for the children now. Mike's Mystery is
May 10, 2015 Bri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
lol so cheesy but so wonderful.
Klaudia Janek
Mar 14, 2014 Klaudia Janek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who go to visit their Aunt Jane’s house over the summer. The is the 5th book in the Boxcar Children series and builds on the 4th book in the series titled “Mystery Ranch”. The mystery in this story is a case of arson. The house by Aunt Jane’s burns down, leaving a few clues for the Boxcar Children to solve. Mike is Benny’s friend and the day after Benny met him, his house burned down. Mike is being blamed for the arson, but thankfully his frien ...more
Dharia Scarab

My love of reading started when i was young, and it gives me immense pleasure to provide books to Spread the Word Nevada, an organization that passes them on to children in the community. They are a terrific organization supporting an important cause. If your local I encourage you to check them out. For those living further a field, look in your own community, their may already be a similar program in place. And if not, you can always help start one.

Myself, I go ou
Cathrine Bonham
Another wholesome book in the boxcar children series, in which everyone is polite and kind and thinks that hard work and washing dishes are fun. I don't know why but the Mayberry esque tone of this book really annoyed me. I guess I was just in a bad mood. Or it could be because this book actually read like an episode of the Andy Griffith Show.

The Children return to Mystery ranch only to discover that a boom town has sprung up around the newly opened mine. They run into one of their old friend Mi
Apr 06, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Seemingly more mysterious than the previous books. The first Boxcar Children book really trying to be a mystery. But it is about the children and their resourcefulness and independence more than about solving the mystery, like all the books in the series.
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.
Darlina Tato
Apr 03, 2012 Darlina Tato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 5th book of the Boxcar Children Series. This book is about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny that go to visit their Aunt's house over the summer. While they are in town they meet their friend Mike and the next day they find out that Mike's house has been burned down. Mike is being responsible for the burn. The children working together need to prove Mike's innocence by finding the real person who burned down the house. With the help of Mr. Carter the children found a blue hat, an ...more
May 18, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

I really liked this book! I liked having a more realistic personality like Mike mixing things up with the always well-behaved, always polite and proper Alden children. Mike keeps it real.

Also, once again, we have a real mystery on our hands, which was interesting. This time, it's a case of arson. The kids - but mostly Benny - get into trying to solve the case, but in the end, the uncovering of important clues was more a random discovery than the r
D.M. Dutcher
Dated and stilted. The first Boxcar Children book was about a small family of children living in an abandoned boxcar, and had charm even if it was full or archaic and wooden prose. This takes that all out and drops them into a very bland mystery.

The kids visit Mystery ranch and see a uranium mine (!) in a place called Yellow Sands. A kid named Mike is accused of setting a fire to burn down a house, but the Children help him out a little as he solves the mystery. All of this is done with a prose
Laura Cushing
Nov 18, 2015 Laura Cushing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this continuation of the Boxcar Children series, Ben meets up with his old friend Mike at the mining camp on Aunt Jane's ranch.

When Mike's house burns down the children become involved in a mystery involving both the house and the mine.

Solid installment in the series lots of fun adventure for kids, will keep reading the series
Mar 13, 2014 Aravis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boxcar-children
I like when Mike finds out they have a mystery. They find out a man in a blue hat is trying to burn the mine. In one part Watch and Spotty do a race. In the middle of the race Spotty digs up a blue hat and Watch digs up a can. Then one day they find out that the man is hiding in the dark and Spotty caught him.
Macayla Danburg
Has anyone heard of the boxcar children before?
The story takes place at the children's aunts mystery ranch.
Henry Alden-is the oldest,helps out,and helps take care of there aunt and the children.
Benny Alden-is the youngest,is friends of Mike's,helps out,and likes to play.
Jessie Alden-is the 2nd oldest,helps out a lot,and owns their dog watch.
Violet Alden-is the 2nd youngest,help out a lot,and loves to play the violin.
Mike Wood-house was burned down so the children had to help out,got a home becau
Aug 10, 2014 Miri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Alden Children and their grandfather are back at the Mystery Ranch which is now surrounded by a booming mining town. They meet Mike there, a friend of Benny's and when his home burns now, and arson is suspected, the Alden children are determined to find out who would do this and why!
Jun 29, 2016 Seth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Benny's friend Mike is blamed for a fire at the children's ranch! The fire was at Mike's own house! Mike's mother is going to bake pies for miners mining for Indian stuff. The culprit of the fire is found and so is a land mine at the mine! Who is the culprit????????????
Sep 05, 2015 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
I thought that it was cool to race dogs! It was also cool that instead of winning the race the dogs were distracted and found something hidden under the ground that gave them a clue in their mystery. It was great how the mystery took place at a major character's house.
Oct 10, 2014 Leto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a summer, Benny, Violet, Henry, and Jessie went back to Mystery Ranch. Aunt Jane finally was a very kind woman instead of a very grumpy woman. Mike, who was an old friend of theirs, found a man with a blue hat on a newspaper which was a person that also burned the Wood family's house. They wanted to find the man with the blue hat.

I liked this story because they found Mike again.
Erin Lee Arvin
Mike annoys the snot out of me. He is whiny and aggravating. I suppose he is a typical kid, with his horrible grammar and thinking that his dog can beat everyone else's dog. Everything he did grated on my nerves, so this book was so-so for me.
May 02, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite installment-the mystery was weak, and there was virtually no adventure/survival, which I love so much about the series.

I would only recommend to those who are already invested in the series only.
May 02, 2016 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
A house fire? Near all that uranium they've been mining? Probably releasing it in powdered form accidentally because god knows no one in this weird ass town would know a safety procedure if it slapped them on the ass. They're fucking lucky the whole town didn't go up in flames.

Mike, being an idiot, is somehow excited by the idea that his house and all his possessions are gone, never once thinking about the strain it will put on his poverty-stricken single mother. His mother who probably dreams a
Rivka Ray
One of my favorite childhood series. I read over a hundred of them. The first 50 or so were in order; after that I read whatever book I could get my hands on :)
May 30, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never realised as a child how outlandish these stories are....fabulous, but really, what kids solve an FBI mystery by accident? Love it!
Parker Reynolds
Mystery to get brain flowing with imagination and predicting what is going to happen next and who is the wanted person
The Boxcar Children, Mike’s Mystery, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, take us on another adventure with Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. In this book the children run into an old friend, Mike. Mike has been blamed for starting a fire and need the kids help. Read along as Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny help to clear their old friend’s name. This series of books is filled with action and adventure designed to help enhance the reading of any child. Each book has a wonderful way of keeping the ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite of the series so far
Nevada Libert
Mar 17, 2014 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-read-alouds
Alexandra Lindner
Love the series!!
Johannes Kristian
Feb 24, 2014 Johannes Kristian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I liked it.
First off, I read these Boxcar Children books when I was a lot younger. There were some that I would read over and over and others that I read once and chucked to the back of my bookcase. Overall, though, I loved them all.

Mike's Mystery bugged me, though, since Mike bugged me. He was like Benny, only more annoying (and Benny was already pretty darn annoying). Thus, the 2 star rating. (The character broke the book for me).
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