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The Red Trailer Mystery (Trixie Belden #2)

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Trixie and Honey’s friend Jim has run away from Sleepyside–before anyone could tell him that he is the only heir to the huge Frayne fortune. The girls set out across upstate New York in a trailer to track him down . . . and stumble onto another mystery along the way!
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 24th 2003 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1950)
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Apr 26, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read longer chapter books
I adored the Nancy Drew series when I was a preteen. I remember seeing the familiar yellow bindings everywhere while I was growing up. On the other hand, I'm not sure if I ever even heard of Trixie Belden until recently. And now I am hearing that this series is way better than my beloved Nancy Drew stories. So now I get to enjoy a second childhood as I share these books with our girls.

This is the second story in the series and I read it to our oldest (and our youngest listened in for the second
Jun 16, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it
June 16, 2013: Another re-read. One of the things I love about revisiting books is the chance to get another perspective, depending on my own mood, or my experiences since the last read, or whatever. I think I liked this one a bit more than I usually do. I've never disliked it, per se, but I think #1 and #3 are among the best in the series and Red Trailer kind of sits in their shadow. But for whatever reason, I really enjoyed the re-read this time. Certainly lots of excitement packed into one bo ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Lorraine rated it really liked it
Trixie, Honey and Miss Trask head off in the Wheelers' trailer to find Jim Frayne, who's run away before his mean stepfather finds him. On the first night, they camp next to a red trailer with a sad family inside, and the girls suspect something's wrong. They meet the family again the next day when they stop for lunch at a lake, and the eleven year old daughter walks away from her family. After arriving at the Autocamp where they're staying for the next week, Trixie and Honey ride horses to thre ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: trixie-belden
The second book of the series picks up right from the end of book one, so I guess these books would be best read in order (but that is the way I like to read a series anyway). Trixie and Honey are trying to find Jim (you'll have to read book one to find out who Honey and Jim are cause I don't want to add spoilers). While searching for Jim they manage to get themselves involved in two other mysteries. There might not be dead bodies but there are definitely adventures. Yes, as an adult I figured o ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teen girls, nostalgic adults
Shelves: youth, mystery
While I didn't read more than a book or two of this 1950's-era girls' mystery series as a child, I remembered it from a friend's library when I saw a bunch on close-out at Powell's for $1. I picked up a copy of the earliest number on the shelf to see if it might be suitable and enjoyable for my 8 year old niece.
Trixi and her friend Honey (yeah, really. "Buffy" doesn't seem quite so bad in this company...) are 13, and in this book are fresh from solving an important mystery that revealed the tru
OK, I've been reading these books from my youth lately, and it's high time I gave 1950s girl-sleuth Trixie Belden her due. The original books in this series were written in the late 1940s / early 1950s, in a time when girls were Betty Crockering-it-up, yet Trixie and gal pal Honey Wheeler are about as feisty, fun, and fierce as any girl besties of recent years - maybe more so.

In the first book in the series, Trixie's knowledge of first aid and cool head in a crisis save her younger brother from
J.L. Day
May 03, 2015 J.L. Day rated it it was amazing
Recommended to J.L. by: My Aunt Re
a HUGE and most dedicated fan of Trixie and her crew. This is odd, of course, because they were MEANT for teen and pre-teen girls, but I was a young boy that read everything he could get his hands on and when I first stumbled on my first TRIXIE BELDON book I was instantly hooked!

I immediately sat about reading them all, as quickly as I could get my greedy little paws on them. Trixie is the star, or "lead" character, followed by Jim and Honey (who quickly became the love of my young life, I had
Trixie and her best friend Honey set off in an RV (chauffeured by Honey's governess, Miss Trask) in search of their runaway friend, Jim. Along the way, they find even more mysteries to solve: a sad, mysterious family; missing trailers; a runaway child; and a stolen locket. It's interesting how differently one views a book from childhood one re-reads as an adult. Although I do recall this one issue (detailed below) bothering me as a child, it almost enraged me as an adult. I'll be honest, I don't ...more
Joy Gerbode
Aug 20, 2013 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 of this, my favorite youth detective series. It is somewhat a continuation of book 1, and while a little unbelievable, it's a very fun, quick read. Certainly a light read for enjoyment.

August 2013 ... just re-read, and just as good as ever. One of my favorites, though a bit far-fetched in some ways. Lots of good fun, delightful skills of deduction, and characters that I've come to love over the years.
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Mar 21, 2016 Brona's Books rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
The Red Trailer Mystery was basically about Trixie and Honey. There wasn't enough relationship stuff going on for me. This story didn't really advance our understanding of Trixie and Honey. We didn't meet any new characters that would continue on with us, except for a brief mention of Mr Lynch and his family of five children.

It made me realise that I read my Trixie's over and over again not for the mysteries or the crime solving, but for the connections, the friendships and burgeoning romances o
Bethany Zimp
Dec 06, 2014 Bethany Zimp rated it it was ok
I read a few of these 1950s gems as a child, when I stumbled upon my mother's stash of girlhood books. I'd never read them in order and had missed Book #2 all together. While the overall series is enjoyable, I find the later books better when more of the 'Bobwhite Gang' (how cute!) works together to solve mysteries. Trixie and Honey alone act as flighty as you would expect two unempowered tween girls wearing dungarees (oh my!) to act. This book included bonus treasures from un-PC land including ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Dayna rated it liked it
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Mar 29, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
The second Trixie Belden book is much better than the first. Trixie's irritating habits are toned down, though she still refers to her mother as moms...eugh. In this story, we pick up right where we left off in book #1 (so read these in order, these aren't like Nancy Drew's that can mostly be read in any order.) Trixie and Honey set off in Honey's trailer to find Jim before he disappears. Along they way they encounter a somber family, mysterious trailer thefts, a happy farm family, and a young r ...more
Bobbi Rightmyer
Apr 16, 2010 Bobbi Rightmyer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children and Young Adults
Recommended to Bobbi by: My own childhood book
We learned at the end of The Secret of the Mansion that Jim Frayne had ran away. His great uncle's lawyer showed up, revealing that Jim had inherited half-a-million dollars and is going to finally be removed from his abusive stepfather's custody.

The Red Trailer Mystery picks up there. Trixie and Honey - along with Honey's governess, Miss Trask - set off in the Wheeler's trailer to find their missing friend. They make a plan to check several boy's camps upstate, since Jim mentioned getting a job
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Joy Gerbode
Once again a fabulous read. Coupled with the first book in the series, The Secret of the Mansion, this is my favorite mystery of all time ... of course it's written for very young teens, but I have loved it since I was that age, and the fascination of this story, even though it is a bit preposterous that two young teens would have such adventures, has never left me. I think it is just the "daydream" of many girls this age, and re-reading it takes me right back to my own childhood.
May 11, 2014 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Christmas, my parents grabbed me the entire Trixie Belden set and I couldn't put them down. Even with a learning disability, I devoured the books. I look back now and I find that Trixie Belden was much more age related to young girls, particularly to me, reading the books than Nancy Drew. I found that they weren't so "over the top" either. I will be doing the same thing with my granddaughters if and when I have them, even if I have to stalk every used bookstore.
Shelby Jackson
Feb 15, 2015 Shelby Jackson rated it it was amazing
This book was part of my mother's childhood and mine! I think the Trixie Belden series was better than Nancy Drew by far. I loved how Trixie is so far from perfect but still such an amazing character. This book in particular flowed incredibly well for me. It also brings back memories of being a young girl who got into scrapes much like Trixie. I will be reading this book and the rest of the Trixie Belden books to my future children.
April Brown
Dec 18, 2012 April Brown rated it it was amazing
A childhood favorite re-visited.

Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes

What ages would I recommend it too? – Ten and up.

Length? – Most of a day’s read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world - pre internet, computers, air conditioning,, and cell phones.

Written approximately? – 1948.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. A slight mention of the time frame of the sto
G B'man
Dec 07, 2014 G B'man rated it liked it
I really like these books (of the Nancy Drew genre) I read when I was a girl. This one involves Trixie and her pal stumbling upon what they are sure is suspicious and making it their personal mystery to be solved. These are perfect summer vacation books that bespeak the nostalgic innocence of the '50s. Someday when I have a granddaughter I will read them to her on a lazy summer evening.
Mark Baker
Mar 13, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Jim's run off, and it's up to Trixie and Honey to find him. But trailer thieves and a family on the run complicate things. A very fun book with great characters. And it includes one of my all time favorite scenes in the series, too.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Aug 16, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Just as charming and sweet as when I read it 50 years ago. It's like reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Lots of characters, prospects look doomed, Trixie and Honey pull it all together and everyone lives happily ever after. What a great book from a relatively innocent age.
Dec 15, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as I remember them.

I loved Trixie Belden when I was a child, and reading the books again now brings back wonderful memories. I'm happy to see them on my Kindle, I hope the entire series gets published for Kindle!
Freyja Vanadis
Jun 25, 2015 Freyja Vanadis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't really be objective about this book since it's part of my childhood, but even the parts of the book that are completely unrealistic were fun to read.
Penny Johnson
I owned most of the Trixie Belden books that were available when I was a tween. How I wanted to be Honey! So many adventures...
Jul 09, 2015 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
I haven't read this in so long. It wasn't part of my incomplete collection. I had some rather emotional moments reading it.
Except for a few parts, it's not one of my favorites. I do like the end though.
Wendy Pitts
Read this numerous times as a child, funny to read as an adult and see how dated it is!
Apr 30, 2015 Urvi rated it it was amazing
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Govhini Sumathi
The same as Hardy Boys but only this time... Flower Power has arrived.
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“She turned as a husky voice behind her said, “They’re waiting for you at a table inside.” Jim gave her a little push. “In you go, kid; I’m top man around here now.” 1 likes
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