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The Deserted Library Mystery (The Boxcar Children #21)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,133 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The children try to clean up an old library so it can receive landmark status, but someone else tries to stop them.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Albert Whitman Company
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Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: relistic-fiction
One day Mr.Alden told the children that they were going to go to another town to fix up the old library. they rode there bikes all the way there.when they got there they went to the library. when they look through the books they find a sord and along with a note that said congradulations Capton Charles Howerd for your bravery or the bravery of the battle of they got home and went to sleep.the next da at the library the found a boy named Miguel he ran away from his home cause he tho ...more
Callie Stillion
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
In the library were Pete used to live, The Boxcar Children stay. Excited to be there, the four children burst through the door to the library... but then when they discover someone stealing their food, the find out it is a harmless boy, that is afraid he lost his Dad, and already lost his Mom. But them everyone feels like they are being chased, and someone is stealing their things! Then they go to fix the library, leaving Benny behind to guard thing, and they`ve found the sword, and Jessie, Henr ...more
Melissa Namba
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this one a little less than the others that I have read so far. First of all, the bad guy was introduced so late into the book that kids don't have the opportunity to feel like they solved the mystery before the characters did. Also, I have a hard time with the fact that their grandfather just left them in a strange city in a strangers house for several days. That's a little. Poor parenting.
Not written by the original author, Gertrude Chandler Warner, and it really shows. There are many things about the way this story was written that I strongly object to. It is a much scarier, more violent book than the previous books. The 5 1/2 year old likes it, though.
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have quite vivid memories for this Boxcar Children book: (view spoiler)
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 :)
Therese Wiese
Part of a series. If you are teaching literacy, I think this book would be a good addition to your repertoire.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of these books where there has actually been a threat against the kids. Ifound this book to be a very fast read, despite that.
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
Jul 02, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: bookcrossed
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Aug 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: boxcar-children
great when ur little
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked Boxcar Children 21# . Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny found a knife. Also THEY MADE TWO FRIENDS. BUT I LIKED THE HOLE BOOK.
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
A good series for the young reader.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
ok this is getting ridiculous...i've read them all...let's leave it at that....
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
The Aldens go to an old library to fix it up but there are some rather strange things as well.

I recommend this book to all ages.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictions-others
everything in a children book that could be enjoyed. adventures, mysteries, siblings, and a new friend ;)
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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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