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Mike's Mystery (The Boxcar Children #5)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,073 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and are spending the summer out west on Mystery Ranch.

The excitement begins when they meet their old friend, Mike. When Mike is blamed for starting a fire, the Boxcar Children know he's innocent. But can they discover who's really behind Mike's Mystery - before it's
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 1990 by Scholastic Inc. (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
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
Bri at She's Reading
lol so cheesy but so wonderful.
Klaudia Janek
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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!
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.
Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
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 :)
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
My kids just can't get enough of these books. They loved this one and were begging me to read more to find out what happened next!
My least favorite of the series so far
Nevada Libert
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).
Beth Anne
Read aloud to Emma. We did the majority of the book (100 pages) in one afternoon. She wanted desperately to know what happened next, but I felt the plot was severely lacking. I guess my memory from reading these growing up is super foggy. We are going to need some different books to scratch Emma's mystery story bug!
I just finished this book tonight with my kids and we love the Boxcar Books...they are so fun and simple for children to read and yet they are entertaining enough for parents to enjoy while reading them to their children. We will continue...there are many more to be read!
My 7 year old likes this series and I can see why - children who solve mysteries that adults can't; children who get to act like adults and do things like buy stoves, etc. --- but for me, this book was kind of lame. Definitely written in the 1950's.
I love these old stories. They have ways of brightening my day and I like that I can read them in an hour and just enjoy the whole thing without worrying about content and imagine myself living in the fifties.
Joshua Jacobson
Another great Boxcar Children book. The kids loved every bit of it. These stories are incredibly simple and easy to read, but still very fun. Can't wait to keep pressing on with the series.
The only reason I didn't give this volume 3 stars was the character Mike. He seemed very whiny and I hop he won't recur in other volumes. Great story though. Well written and easy to read.
Ashle Oaks
I enjoyed this story. Mainly because Mike isn't perfect and always polite, so he actually acts likes a real person. This is also the only real mystery in the series so far.
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Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner. Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John. From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author. She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift. Today, Ms. Warner is best remembered as the author of THE BOXCAR CH ...more
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