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The Lighthouse Mystery (The Boxcar Children #8)

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Renting a lighthouse is unusual, but even more so is an unfriendly boy's peculiar behavior.

Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 1/1/1990 Pages: 128 Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Albert Whitman & Company (first published November 30th 1962)
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Jun 11, 2013 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
For the first time, I thought the children - though it's hard to call Henry a child since he is now in college - came across as spoiled! The family drives by a lighthouse for sale, and the kids ask Grandfather to buy it as if it's no big deal! It's weird, too, because later on, when the kids want to go swimming but don't have any bathing suits, Jessie is hesitant to ask for new ones because "four new suits would cost too much." Their money sense just seems to be out of whack.

While many of the b
Meredith Buchanan
Sep 06, 2012 Meredith Buchanan rated it liked it
Lighthouse Mystery begins with the end of the Woodshed Mystery, because that’s how synched up Gertrude is. Aunt Jane is relieved that no one calls her Mrs. Bean after her marriage, because even she knows that is a stupid sounding name. We are not even one full page into the book before bread and milk come up. Henry has decided to take the scenic route home, never missing a chance to enjoy the power steering and smooth ride of their STATION WAGON and Grandfather knows of a beautiful lighthouse th ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it
I read the eighth book in the Boxcar Children series, called "The Lighthouse Mystery". I enjoyed it more when I read it at the age of 11. Although this is well written, it seems to be written more for a younger age. I was a little displeased in the setting and characterization in this book because it was never really there. The characters felt as though they were flat, along with the setting. The mystery was good and I enjoyed that part of the book.

"The Lighthouse Mystery" starts with Grandfathe
Nicola Mansfield
I am in the process of re-reading the original 19 in order. This book takes place immediately following book 7, The Woodshed Mystery. It is the same summer and as the family is driving home from a visit to nearby Aunt Jane's new home, they decide to stop at the beach where they find a lighthouse for sale. They end up renting instead of buying and this is where they stay for the next couple of weeks. While the last book had one of the finest mysteries to date in the series, this one is hard press ...more
Malakai Kong
May 12, 2016 Malakai Kong rated it it was amazing
Mysterious things happen in The Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery, by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Henry, Jessie, Benny, and Violet live in an old lighthouse for the summer. A mysterious stranger appears on the beach late at night. Who could it be?
One night the dog named Watch started barking. The girls looked out the window and saw a stranger near the kitchen of the house next to the lighthouse. The next day, they looked inside the kitchen and saw a science experiment with seaweed and plan
Mary Hooper
Jan 04, 2015 Mary Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!

The Lighthouse Mystery was a well written book for children in 3rd to 5th grade. The story has the well recognized characters of Henry and his siblings, Jesse, Violet,and Benny as well as their Grandfather Mr. Alden. The setting for their new adventure is in a lighthouse along the coast. The family befriends a teenage boy, Larry, that lives in the town, who is somewhat estranged from his father. The siblings work together to figure the mysterious sightings that occur late at night aro
Jun 27, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: boxcar-children
I love lighthouses. Add a mystery and a six-year-old's crush on Benny and you've got the makings for an enjoyable easy read.
I'm trying to remember why I loved the Boxcar Children so much as a child. I suppose the mystery's were intriguing. Today I see right through mystery books, and perhaps it was the Boxcar Children who led me to be able to do that.

Although each book is set up in such a way that the reader thinks it's Person X who is the perpetrator, when it reality Person X is just weird and the real bad guy is Person Y whom you never would have suspected, I still adored the books. I think I bought almost the ent
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The Lighthouse Mystery
By Gertrude Chandler Warner
Illustrations By David Conningham
Grade Levels: 3-5
DRA/Lexile Measure/GLE: 440L/3.2
Reviewed By Aaron Carter

One of the renowned Box Car Children-series books, as its name suggests, The Lighthouse Mystery follows Grandfather Alden and the children on a mysterious adventure at a local lighthouse. Discovering the lighthouse was for sale, the group inquires into temporarily renting it, which they do. After moving in, strange things begin to happen almos
Cathrine Bonham
Nov 25, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it liked it
Better than the last book. Henry was finally treated like an adult. I thought the mystery was not very mysterious. The Alden's are renting a lighthouse for the remainder of the summer and every night at midnight Watch, their dog, gets up and barks for exactly ten minutes. Obviously someone is messing around in the abandoned house next door. This story had way too many coincidences to be believable.

Anyway a good story to amuse young readers. Maybe I am just over thinking the story.
I liked this one when I was younger, because of staying in the light house. But I do remember picking up on the timing issues with the Woodshed Mystery and they really bug adult me. Either Jane and Andy had a little wedding shortly after July 1, when Mr. Cole's brother came and the couple days it took to find Andy, so that the Aldens could be at the lighthouse a few weeks and be around for the cookout on July 25th...or Warner meant Aug 25th in this book.
Ashle Oaks
Mar 21, 2014 Ashle Oaks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story. I like how the last book talked about history and this one talks about science. The children actually act like children with a rich grandfather in the beginning of this book (begging him to buy a lighthouse). The dog starts growling and barking in the middle of night and the grandfather decides it's best not call the police but to let the children figure out what's going on. How safe and responsible. There is some sexism and entitlement when they build the table and chairs ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Twyla rated it it was amazing
my favorite part was when the mystery was solved and the boy could go to college like he wanted. the worst part was when the boy was grumpy because he wasnt aloud to go to college. my favorite characters were the boxcar children because they all had ideas for how to make the boy happy. there was no worst character
Laura Cushing
Nov 30, 2015 Laura Cushing rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series so far. Grandfather rents a lighthouse for everyone to stay at the seaside. Watch keeps barking at midnight, and there is cooking going on in the supposedly empty lightkeepers house.

Because it is the 1950s, it isn't a meth lab but a clever person doing exciting science things.
Sep 15, 2014 Miri rated it liked it
On their way home from their last adventures, the Alden's are sidetracked by a wonderful lighthouse that Grandfather buys and they stay there for a nice relaxing visit, only to discover a mystery concerning an angry young man with secret aspirations.
Apr 17, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Here the kids continued to be quite supervised... but they had fun with cement (a bit of unconcern with the property of others and extravagant spending) and inventiveness and niceness. I enjoy these kids, even if their adventures are being... tamed.
Jul 07, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: cousin-book-club
Read as part of the cousin book club. The girls really like the boxcar children and I picked this one because we'll be discussing it on our Maine trip so I thought reading a book that takes place on the beach would be fun.
Shelby Royalty
I enjoyed this book. It was an enjoyable read. The only real issue I could see with this book (or series, truthfully) is that it is so outdated. The story is still interesting, but children might be bored by the simplicity.
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 :)
Apr 28, 2015 Mackenzie added it
Shelves: mystery
I chose this book because I have heard of these books before and they seem very interesting. They seem to have good oroblem solving skills and will help students to think critically.
Nevada Libert
May 21, 2014 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-read-alouds
this was a great book, i love how the kids made freinds with a boy who did not want to have freinds, and were nice to him even when he was cross.
Parker Reynolds
Part of the series good to continue for the continue practice of reading
Andd Becker
Mar 27, 2015 Andd Becker rated it liked it
Vocabulary words for children include plankton, Tahiti, Coast Guard.
Jun 01, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it
Grandfather was going to buy them a lighthouse!?
Alexandra Lindner
Mar 31, 2015 Alexandra Lindner rated it it was amazing
Love the series!!
Kristine Hansen
Aug 16, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
Oooh....Now I want to go stay in a lighthouse during a thunderstorm. How cool is that?

I loved this book. I love the message it sends, I like how the children still work together to make life better for the people around them. And I love that their grandfather is willing to let them explore the world and help others whenever possible.

In short I love the Boxcar Children overall. Why didn't I read these as a child?

Highly highly recommended book. I can't wait to read the next!
Marie McNary
Jan 20, 2014 Marie McNary rated it really liked it
Read aloud with my five year old. He always enjoys this series.
Jan 03, 2008 Jenn rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
I love reading aloud books from a series to my students in the hopes they'll get hooked and read more independently. While some of them took the bait on this one, I almost wished they hadn't. I found the writing dull and the plot slow. Wholesome, yes, but I didn't even want to finish it.
Ryan Loghry
Another great mystery by Gertrude Chandler. Well structured, and well written.
Jul 27, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
it was exciting and very interesting! it is cool how they make stuff out of just plain,regular things like rocks,or boards.I thought the most exciting part was the storm was interesting and kinda scary.
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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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“They say he has made a fortune selling lobsters and renting houses to the summer people.” 0 likes
“watched at the window. Very soon the boat turned around again and came in to the dock not far from the lighthouse. It looked like a man who jumped out. But Benny knew that the Cook boy was as big as a man. Benny watched him as he bent over his boat. He took” 0 likes
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