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Mike's Mystery

(The Boxcar Children #5)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,848 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Benny and his friend Mike are in trouble when they are curious about a uranium mine.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Albert Whitman Company (first published 1960)
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Meredith Buchanan
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Were up to book five of Gertrudes opus, which is Mikes Mystery. Come with me on this magical journey.

Im surprised to find that the Boxcar children havent 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 isnt spending all their
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another great mini-adventure!
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Continuing to reread all the books in this series since I was absolutely obsessed with them as a kid. I find it interesting that I seem to have no memory at all of these earlier stories, probably because they aren't really that good and all seem to revolve around the children finding lost relatives or visiting relatives or OWNING A TOWN because apparently that's a thing now. These are weird books to read as an adult because on the one hand they are just super simplistic chapter books where kids ...more
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Great book, its not as good as the other Boxcar Children books, but its still great. I think once thing to take into consideration is that it is targeted to like 7-9 year olds. Its really great for them. For preteens and teens, not so much. Its simple and doesnt go into much details but thats how they should be in my opinion. This series is great, definitely awesome from 7-9 year olds! ...more
Emily V
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book but I dont think its the best of all Boxcar Children. I generally love the Boxcar Children books but I think this one needed a more detailed and overall more focused. But I still enjoyed this book. ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
lol so cheesy but so wonderful.
I found some of these books when cleaning out the basement and couldn't help setting them aside to re-read. Boy oh boy, a trip down nostalgia lane! This one is one of the OG set written by the actual author, before the ghostwriters took over and a time machine send the kids to a Benjamin Button situation so that poor college age Henry regresses back to high school... forever....

But before the science fiction horror of the ghostwritten franchise, there was this book, featuring Mike Wood, the
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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Emily Harvey
In this book, Mike's Mystery by Gertrude chandler Warner, the Alden children go on a summer trip out west they go to the Mystery Ranch. The Ranch belonged to the four Alden children it had changed since last summer because uranium had been found. They ran into their friend Mike, a friend Surprise Island. They found out his house burned down.

The Woods knew their house was on fire because of their dog Spotty. The rumor was that Mike started the fire. Benny told everyone it was the man with a
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
So... the children own a town now? That's cool. And Mike's family (Surprise Island) lives there. Such mystery!

No, actually the mystery comes up when Mike's house burns down. Which ... actually ends up working out because instead of doing laundry (which she doesn't care for) now Mike's mother can make pies for a living. 60 pies a day! Sure.

It's a cute enough book, but the way money is treated by the various characters is just bizarre. The children think nothing of buying all sorts of equipment
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Elizabeth Meadows
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I completely missed these books as a child and have only listened to a few that I could get from the library on audio. Now I'm excited to see that many of them are on Hoopla on audio and I listened to this one because it's the 5th one and I needed a 5th book in a series for the 5th year of #MarchMysteryMadness.

The mystery was pretty simple. The majority of the story was about the kids helping out a family whose house burned and learning to get along with an argumentative boy.
I listened to the
Sarah Nessler
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th installment in The Boxcar Children series and the story of the Alden children continues. In this book there truly is a unique mystery that they have to solve, but do the Alden children solve this or does someone else? That is for you to find out. This series is very simplistic and easy to follow so for a young person that is starting out on their reading expedition it is definitely one to keep in your wheelhouse.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute and fast read, especially with all the children dialogue. However, it is far from reality, especially in this day and age. The children are given the forefront over the adults in solving the mystery. Which is good for a children's fictional book.
Myra Benedict
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
When the boxcar children are visiting their aunt Jane something unexpected happen a house burn down and there friend mike is blamed for it. Boxcar kids are determined to find the criminal and save their friend Mike.
Benedict Randhawa
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Boxcar Children are visiting Aunt Jane when there friend Mike house is burn. But Mike is blamed for starting the fire.
Natalia Horzempa
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much mystery!!😍 I love this book series I recommend it!!!😍FIVE STARS
Anne Maddox
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A real mystery! Mike was back, and apparently his mom bakes pies! It was a good read.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always a fun, clean adventure when it comes to the Boxcar Children. It was fun to see the pie business take off, and always fun to see the Mystery Man come back into the stories.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, children-s
Clear prose and grest punctuation. Boring story, but easy, which is what I was going for.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
"Why does listening to a book take longer?"
For Freddy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-ron
At least it doesn't bring up "Indians" this time.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book. I liked the pictures in the book. I would give this book 3.6 stars. I would like to read the next book in the series.
William Kim
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
i liked this book
Good for young readers.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We listened to this on Audible on a long car ride with my young children. They were mesmerized! Hicieron muy bien la traducción y todo estuve excelente según mis niños.
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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

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