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Blue Bay Mystery (The Boxcar Children #6)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  3,013 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
The Aldens find a castaway on a South Sea island. How did he get there and who is he?
Paperback, 157 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Albert Whitman Company (first published January 1st 1961)
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Meredith Buchanan
Sep 06, 2012 Meredith Buchanan rated it liked it
Last time the children knew Grandfather was up to something because he seemed angry. In an interesting (I’m using the adjective loosely here) change of events, this time they know something is up because he’s happy – he’s joking with Benny, and it’s an event to be remarked on and remembered and followed closely. At length. It really gives you some insight into day-to-day life with Grandfather, when any hint of emotion is an anomaly to be noted. I can only imagine that his normal state of being i ...more
Bri Munsen
May 10, 2015 Bri Munsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-library
I have to keep reminding myself these were written and published in the 1960's so there's old fashioned views of women and quite a few errors that weren't caught by the publishers but i don't know, i still love this series. i grew up on both the boxcar children and the harry potter series.
Nevada Libert
Mar 24, 2014 Nevada Libert rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-read-alouds
the boys loved it. so did i,
Cathrine Bonham
Oct 09, 2014 Cathrine Bonham rated it really liked it
Really liked this one, it felt more like the first book in the series did.

The Alden's are stranded on a tropical island. They need to get their own food, make their own dishes and even build their own shelters. This was no shipwreck though, they did it on purpose. As always Grandfather knows how his grand-kids love to fend for themselves so this time around he orchestrates a tropical getaway for them. This book is special though because unlike the previous books this time Grandfather Alden comes
Maddie Kampf
Dec 18, 2015 Maddie Kampf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd-grade
Mrs. Kampf's Reading Small Group:

We loved that it was a mystery, but not too serious of a mystery, it was a lot of fun. It gave lots of clues throughout that allowed the reader to make predictions about what was going to happen. The clues were found in very unusual places. There is a lot of action, such as little Benny falling into a whole! It was definitely a five star mystery because it had a sweet and happy ending. We also enjoyed the climax as it was very exciting. We really loved the setti
Nov 05, 2016 Stacie rated it really liked it
Grandpa takes them to an isolated island (where is this grandpa when I need him?!) and the kids find something mysterious going on... they are not alone!
Brooke Nadzam
May 14, 2017 Brooke Nadzam rated it it was ok
Another Boxcar book. I wish I liked these ones as much as I liked the first...but it's just not meant to be, I don't think.
Sy Ewoniuk
Dec 17, 2012 Sy Ewoniuk rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I have read The Boxcar Children Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I have finished this book on 1/17/13. This book is a mystery. What I liked about this book is that it kept me on my heels. There were twists and turns and was really suspenseful.One morning when the family was making breakfast there was a box of sea biscuit opened but no one in the group had opened it. Then when they went to a spring one day and they saw a rock shaped like a nose and Lars never saw it before. Lars was ...more
Theresa Abney
Dec 24, 2016 Theresa Abney rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
What is it with these children and their obsession with dishes?
May 30, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
How grand it must be to have a rich grandfather to take you on an extended vacation with a private guide to an uninhabited island in the South Seas!

I like that this vacation brought all new, exciting adventures, and that Grandfather went along, too. Plus, we see good old Mike again!

The mystery basically involved the group having some unexpected encounters on the island, and they wondered what it was all about. There was a relatively dramatic twist in this one, I think. It could have been a lot
Nicola Mansfield
Dec 05, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: I am working my way through the original 19 books. This is also from the Random Bookshelf I am reading from.

Returning to the typical theme of these books, the mystery involves finding out the identity of a mystery person. This time it is a little different though as the children can't find the person but know he is there. Grandfather takes the children plus Ben's friend Mike, again, to the South Seas to a desert island for a vacation. Lars is their guide and completes the gro
Dharia Scarab
May 02, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

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
Oct 05, 2016 Carter added it
The alden family go on an adventure that grandfather's friend has been to that they think is now deserted. or so they think. The island seems to be covering a mystery that they need to uncover. And so to speak benny finds something awesome.

At first peter is like a ghost for the alden family. And then they find out that he might be a bird. And then they find out that he's a boy that was deserted on this island to and was occupied by a man and might have lost his family on the boat wreck. And the
Laura Cushing
Nov 22, 2015 Laura Cushing rated it really liked it
For those just tuning in, I am reading this classic children's series free on Kindle Unlimited.

In this installment, the children's fabulously wealthy grandfather takes them and Benny's friend Mike to vacation on an uncharted island with a sailor named Lars who had been shipwrecked there three years ago.

Because this is the 1950s and it is a series for children, no one gets eaten by sharks and Lars is a good role model for the children. The book like all books in the series emphasizes the value
Sheri S.
Jun 09, 2015 Sheri S. rated it really liked it
I really like the wholesomeness of this book series and the kindness, respect and politeness the characters demonstrate towards one another. This particular book is about another one of the adventures the family goes on to what they believe to be a deserted island. They bring some provisions but plan on using what they can find (i.e. stones for plates, etc.) during their explorations. A few mysterious events happen which lead the family to believe they may not be alone on the island. Benny disco ...more
Julia Brumfield
Sep 14, 2013 Julia Brumfield rated it liked it
Shelves: book, ya-juvenile
I always liked the Boxcar Children since there never seemed to be much of a danger even when they are facing a mystery as is often the case. Instead the book is a good display of a strong family that sticks and works together for the better of the whole.

The book is easy to read, doesn't contain a lot of indecipherable words and is a good starting block for those who are moving from the realm of children books to chapter books.

Furthermore the characters are easy to get to know, the story conta
Gabby Proxmire
Dec 16, 2015 Gabby Proxmire rated it really liked it
Blue Bay Mystery
Gertrude Chandler Warner

Throughout this book Henry, Violet, Jessie, and little Benny go to a island. The island has no population on it and it is a relaxing vacation. So they thought.... Until they find out that there is more than just them on the island.

This book is exciting when, Benny finds out that there is a little boy on the island and he is standing right in front of Benny. It is happy when Henry, Violet, Jessie, and Benny find the little boy's parents, back on the main l
Apr 12, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it
"Blue Bay Mystery" was a fun read. I read so many Boxcar Children books when I was younger and loved them so much. I think this book has a fun plot and it is easy to read. Being in a series, students can get to know the characters by reading more books. It could be read aloud to students but I think it would be better suited for independent reading. Students can read the book at their own pace and continue on to other books in the series to get more practice with chapter books and reading on the ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Tanisha rated it really liked it
This is a great book for kids who love stories of adventure and independence. Because the children are on the deserted island (albeit with their grandfather and a friend), it is more similar to the original Boxcar Children in which they must forage for food and create a home for themselves. A similarly enjoyable story is Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink. I read this aloud to my 6 year old son and 4 1/2 year old daughter. The 6 year old loved it, the 4 1/2 year old was mildly bored. The chapters ...more
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.

The Blue Bay Mystery really reminded me of Pippi in the South Seas! Only better, since there are no "natives" around, well, not so far that we know. I love the children's imagination and ingenuity; how they always know how to make something of nothing. This book is still one o
Ms. Warner does it again! Such a charming story: the children are off on another adventure, this time to an island all their own to explore on with their grandfather, Benny's friend Mike (from book 5), and their new sailor friend Lars. But they are not alone, someone else is on the island! Who could it be, how did they get there?

Good clean fiction is so hard to come by, and I loved the many little lessons that author shared. These are good for any age - just a nice enjoyable "light" mystery book
Mar 20, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Mr. Alden and the kids go on an exotic adventure to an "uninhabited" island, marooned on purpose for a few weeks. With a knowledgeable guide, they are in good hands, but are perplexed by a there someone else on the island? Our girls really enjoyed the first story in this series, so we thought we'd check out a few more. This is a fun tale and is a good book for intermediate readers. The narrative is fairly easy and there's a lot of exciting activity. We will definitely check out more ...more
Ashle Oaks
May 10, 2013 Ashle Oaks rated it liked it
I was an interesting story and it started off okay, but its age started to show. There was quite a bit of racism (assuming all the native people are cannibals and the comments about Peter's skin) and something bugged me about the way the children never asked why and always did as they were told almost like they were robots and not actual children. It also bugged me how this was seen as a good thing, but then again that's how people thought at the time.
Oct 31, 2016 Madison rated it it was amazing
I have always loved the Boxcar Children books ever since I was a kid. After finding out that throughout my school year I need to read a mystery novel, I was quick to choose Gertrude Chandler Warner as my author. With nineteen books, her series was so amazing that subsequent authors made more following her death. I picked up the Blue Bay Mystery and couldn't set it down. I became attached to all the characters and problem solved my way through the whole mystery. I rate this book a 5/5 for sure.
Brett Turner
Dec 08, 2015 Brett Turner rated it it was ok
Dropped it down since when they discovered someone was on the island, no one did anything but go about their normal routines. I would expect at least Lars to do some searching but no one did.

I remember liking these books when younger but now struggle to see why since of the ones I've reread there is no mystery just them doing whatever and the answer to the mystery falling in their laps.
Kristine Hansen
Jul 03, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
Best one yet! I absolutely love the children's grandfather and all the wonderful things he comes up with for the kids to do, with such an emphasis on being self-reliant. These kids find some new way to completely take care of themselves on a day to day basis - and on the island it's especially great.

I love this series!
Cherie In the Dooryard
Better than the last few in the series, in that it had an actual mystery put forth in a coherent plot. Also, the setting was not a uranium mine. That also helped. I am regretting that I started reading this series, however, as I'm apparently doomed to read it from now on FOREVER. Should have waited until they discovered it on their own.
Jun 11, 2012 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This book shows some disregard for "lesser" human life. A sailor gets killed and no one really seems to care much, except perhaps to tease him for not knowing better. And the mystery was kinda obvious. And the kids displayed less independence - they were mostly supervised. But it was outdoors again.
Oct 13, 2014 Leto rated it it was amazing
Now the Boxcar Children and their grandfather were at a Blue Bay. They were in a ship called the Sea Star. The captain of the ship was nice. The children were swimming and eating bread. They went there for a vacation.

This was a good story. I like it because they had a nice time.

[reviewed by a 7 year old, typed by his Mama]
May 01, 2016 Lauren rated it liked it
This was fun, but I wish the adults weren't present. I love the Boxcar series for the mysteries and survival adventures featuring minimal risk. This was a bit lacking, but still better than Mike's Mystery, which I wasn't a fan of.

I'm still into the Boxcar series, and I can't wait for more of the Alden kids' (and Watch's) adventures!
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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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