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Caboose Mystery

(The Boxcar Children #11)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,929 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A trip in a caboose at the end of a freight train leads to an old clown and a search.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Albert Whitman Company (first published 1966)
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Meredith Buchanan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I had no memory of the Caboose Mystery until I picked it up again and the whole crazy-pants plotline came rushing back to me, like the morning after a long night of drinking. Truly, Gertrude outdid herself–it is more bananas than anything we’ve seen so far.

It starts out (just like the Schoolhouse Mystery) with Benny thinking (I hope Benny thinking is not going to become a recurring theme). Benny is musing about how ridiculously eventful his life with Grandfather and his siblings has been thus fa
C.O. Bonham
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Aldens live in a Caboose on the back of a train for a week. They find a mystery, meet new people and use their enormous fortune to help everyone.

The moral of the story: Life is great when you're rich.

Yea I know I'm bitter and jaded by the trials of adult life.
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
I read this a long time ago, *when I was 9 or 10* and I HATED Benny so much, I could have KEELLLLLED him. I don't know why, but he was so stupid in this book. *Got so annoyed* LOL!!! I don't think the original author wrote this one though, and it was listed at the #19 in that series. *PUFF* .....Okay, I THINK this is the one where Benny is annoying...*Isn't sure* All I know is that it had a train, and involved diamonds. ...more
Maximilian Lee
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book because I like mystery and adventure. I also liked it because there was a talking horse that got reunited with his clown, Cho Cho.
Octavia Cade
More and more these stories seem to be about Benny, with the rest of the family there as backdrop. He's marginally less annoying than usual in this one though, so that's something. Anyway, in this latest instalment, the most spoilt children in the world go on a caboose trip. It's a callback of sorts to the Boxcar, which was infinitely more charming, but this one has a clown, a talking horse, and a missing diamond necklace, hidden in said caboose. And all I can think is that the police who search ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
That was cute.

Taking a train ride across the country is on my list of things to try one day and in a caboose would be even more interesting.

One of the best in a while.

A few random thoughts:

Grandfather began, "You see I have a friend who owns a railroad."

Come on. It doesn't all have to be about how crazy much money and power you have...

"Don't be late, either," Grandfather called again. "The train won't wait for you, you know."

Of course he's going to miss the train now. It's insane to me that t
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love being able to read a happy mystery. Everyone ends up happy. It is saccharine sweet happy, but sometimes I want that.
And I get a good laugh out of it. Benny running off by himself 2 miles to see a horse. That wouldn't happen today. And Jessie being the consummate homemaker. Yeah, I get that message too. But I enjoy a look back to see how far we have come and maybe Jessie just really likes the cooking and sewing.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Caboose Mystery There is so much going on in this book. I had forgotten all of it except for the glass factory (yes, I forgot about the clowns and the talking horse and the missing child and the diamond necklace). But I remember liking this one a lot as a kid. Probably because there’s so much going on. It felt really exciting.
Jeffery Worrell
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Traci Ely
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read for both adults and children.
Ashle Oaks
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
The mystery was interesting. It was surprising that there was not one mention of “the old days in the boxcar.”
Amy Lynn
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great fun train adventure mystery by traveling by caboose. I learned a lot about trains too.
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always wanted to ride in a caboose! I can just imagine what kind of beautiful weather and foliage they must have seen along the way.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud
Read aloud to my 6 year old -- he loved it!
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A classic and well acclaimed series, recommended as a great series for young readers. The Boxcar Children invoke the enjoyment for mystery-solving and having a close relationship with family.
Mary H
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good narrator, and I like the background sounds.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trains! Mystery! Excitement! What more could you want?
Wesley Rea
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that this book took the kids back to their boxcar roots. Mysteries aboard trains are also very iconic, so what's not to enjoy? My son LOVED listening to this story. ...more
Reagan Houpt
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Extremely predictable
Sheri S.
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I appreciate the wholesomeness of these books, especially the relationships between the children and the manners they demonstrate. My daughter enjoys listening to these books too. In this book, the children and their grandfather go on a vacation aboard a caboose and learn the caboose has a history/mystery to it. Through their sleuthing, they learn the caboose is connected to a former circus and a missing piece of jewelry. The children have many adventures during their vacation, meet many people ...more
Fredric Rice
Yes, I read a children's story that I must have read 40 years ago. I'm somewhat surprised that so many adults in the education system of the United States find these stories suitable for children when, if you look at these short stories, they're the equivalent of television in that they're not stimulating any reader's intellectual growth. Yes, the stories are for kids but the characters plod left to right with zero effort to employ critical thinking, science, education, they're just... stupid ch ...more
Laura Cushing
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's nice to see acknowledging of the kids getting older. In this book the youngest child Benny wants to go off in his own direction and see a horse while his family goes to see a glassblowing demonstration and he is given permission by grandfather because he is old enough to do so. Of course as part of the story he doesn't make it back on time, but he doesn't panic and handles it in a way a responsible preteen would. ...more
Jun 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Another one that I read to Robbie he likes these mysteries and we get one out every week to read together. The family travels by Caboose and they make friends on the way and solve a mystery of expensive jewelry. cute!
Mary Ann
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Cute story. Grandfather Alden takes the children on a special train ride, riding the rails on 2 caboose. They meet some interesting characters and find a diamond necklace, make friends and solve a mystery.
Melissa Namba
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-for-lucy
Not my favorite in the series. Wholesome as ever, with benny befriending all kinds of people. I didn't love the cho cho and chi chi storyline. The vacation on the caboose was a fun idea, but it should have gone elsewhere than with a circus clown. ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
A good series for the young reader.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read!
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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

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“GERTRUDE CHANDLER WARNER discovered when she was teaching that many readers who like an exciting story could find no books that were both easy and fun to read. She decided to try to meet this need, and her first book, The Boxcar Children, quickly proved she had succeeded. Miss Warner drew on her own experiences to write the mystery. As a child she spent hours watching trains go by on the tracks opposite her family home. She often dreamed about what it would be like to set up housekeeping in a caboose or freight car—the situation the Alden children find themselves in. While the mystery element is central to each of Miss Warner’s books, she never thought of them as strictly juvenile mysteries. She liked to stress the Aldens’ independence and resourcefulness and their solid New England devotion to using up and making do. The Aldens go about most of their adventures with as little adult supervision as possible—something else that delights young readers. Miss Warner lived in Putnam, Connecticut, until her death in l979. During her lifetime, she received hundreds of letters from girls and boys telling her how much they liked her books.” 0 likes
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