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Benny Uncovers a Mystery (The Boxcar Children #19)

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Benny figures out some puzzling events in a department store.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Albert Whitman Company (first published July 1st 1976)
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Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary school aged kids
Shelves: children
Even though I still have more Boxcar Children books to read (I plan to read all 19 of the original series), I actually feel a bit sad knowing that this is the last book of the series written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

I haven't read all the books in the series yet, but this book differs from many of the others in that not all of the children are present for the mystery. Some of the earlier books do focus more on Benny, but Henry and the girls were at least always around. In this book, Benny is
{my thoughts} – This book is based mostly on two boys named Benny and Henry Alden. It starts our with them and their sisters sitting on the grass flipping through the newspaper trying to find a job for the summer. Benny finds a job he is interested and calls only to find out that the job has already been taken. A short while later he and Henry head into town to see if they can get a job at one of the local stores. They visit a few different places and are continually told no, finally they go to ...more
This book really felt like Ms. C-W was wrapping things up with the series, setting everyone on their final path with even Benny getting a job and growing up.

Being the last of the original series written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, I think it's a fitting end of the books for me as well, considering I never read any of the plethora of Boxcar Children spin-offs that were written after GCW's passing. Granted, I didn't start reading them until the early 80's when I was in 2nd grade, she was long go
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This was the last book in the boxcar children series which was written by the original author, so we've decided this will be a good time for our 5 year old to move on to a new chapter book. I thought the book itself was ok. I had been hoping for a better send-off for the series, but maybe Gertrude Chandler Warner didn't know this was the last boxcar she would write. I never thought the books were amazing, but my 5 year old loves them.
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
By the time I got to this book, I was wondering whether Henry ever graduated from Adams College, whether Jessie was old enough to either attend college, become a secretary, or get married, (in recognition of the times the book was written), if Benny was ever going to stop being such a little scamp... but it doesn't matter, because it's the Boxcar Children, and I loved this series so much as a kid.
Ashle Oaks
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This story was okay. I liked how there was a wider range of emotions and how someone actually resented the Aldens for their wealth, power, and privilege. I didn't care for the ableism in the beginning and how the girls weren't really in the story much. I also liked how it was a realistic portrayal of what it's like to deal with coworkers and customers.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The very last of the original series written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I don't think I'll re-read any others. In this one, she leaves it open-ended to be her last because the kids are more or less separated and didn't have a mutual adventure, and Henry is going off to college. Clever.
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boxcar-children
This is a book about two boys named Benny and Henry who get a job at a store. Then one a vase goes missing. Many other problems happen after that. Benny works on the mistery. In the end Benny solves the mistery.
Very good story. One mystery after another.
Ashley Bowen
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Benny is soooo cute !!!! :):)
Roger Fisher
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is from the Boxcar Children series and follows a young boys adventures while working in a department store. It will make a good read for fourth to sixth grade readers.
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Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Benny gets his name in the title! Well, we see who the favorite is. Henry and Benny get a job where there is a mystery afoot.
This was my favorite series growing up. I read every book I could get my hands on. I probably read about a hundred, though I know I did not read the later ones in order.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I like that it wasn't really a mystery. It was a big thing that they had to find out. And...Henry and Benny got a job!!!
Linda Pearl
Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
its fine
Oct 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
i didnt really like this book because it had only one main character not all the four characters and there was no real mystery

Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: boxcar-children
great when ur little
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I Liked Benny uncovers A mystery
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Per Wikipedia, last one written by original author before she passed away in 1979.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
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 :)
Partridge Public
Sep 24, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: JF War
Shelves: juniorfiction
Warner, Gertrude C.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
Benny never can keep his nose out of other people's business.
Srivardhan Ramesh
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
interesting mystery but a bit childish.
i would rather recommend this book for 10-year olds
This is the last of the Boxcar Children books actually written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
Willie E. Mathis, Jr.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm it was not very good at all. It was really confusing for a little kid in 3rd grade. But the other boxcar children are really good. Nyah Mathis.
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: boxcar-children
Yeah! A Boxcar Children book starring my favorite character, the object of my affection, Benny. Don't really remember the story but I'm sure I liked the fact that it focused on that cutie pie.
Ethan Richardson
rated it liked it
Oct 08, 2011
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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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