Welcome to my weekly throwback book review! Each week I’ll be rereading and reviewing one or two books from my childhood. I was a huge reader as a child and these books shaped my life. I couldn’t possibly get rid of them, so I still have a large collection that I am sharing with all of you in the form of reviews.
Nope, you didn’t miss #3 and 4. I don’t own them for whatever reason. I know I must have read them back then, but I got a lot of books from the library (as you can tell by the giant stacks of books I own). Luckily for me, books like these always recap things that happened previously (almost too much).
What We Missed: So there was a yellow house on Surprise Island (book #2) that they never explored, so book #3 details the mystery behind the yellow house, their cousin Joe they met in that book gets married (or is married?) and they look for the missing husband of their housekeeper. Book #4 is about a ranch where their long lost aunt that doesn’t like their grandfather, so they go visit her and save the ranch from being bought by bad men who found uranium on the property. So now the kids apparently own the ranch and the uranium and a town has popped up for the people who work to extract the uranium.
Book #5 Mike’s Mystery: Benny’s friend Mike lives in the uranium town now, and when they go back to visit the ranch they run into him again. Suddenly his house burns down and they think it’s arson, so they have to figure out who did it. It turns out the fire was a diversion so that the bad men from the previous book could blow up the uranium mine. Unfortunately for them, Mike and his family moved to the mine after their house burned down so everyone was always around and their plan was found out. And Mike’s mother starts a pie-making business for the miners.
I’ve never been a fan of Mike (two Bennys, yay…) so I don’t remember much about this book except for the pie business.
Book #6 Blue Bay Mystery: The children’s grandfather has something up his sleeve again: a trip to a deserted island! He made a friend who got marooned there once a while ago, and he wants to go back and take Grandfather and the kids with him. So they all pack up, including their friend Mike, have school on the ship that takes them there, and get dropped off on this island. Strange things happen, as they do, and they quickly realize they’re not alone on the island. After a while, their visitor reveals himself: it’s a young boy who got stranded on the island himself. He and his parents got separated in a shipwreck. The kids take the boy home with them and they find his parents.
This book was a lot more memorable for me. I always thought it was cool that their teachers prepared schoolbooks for them about life at sea and islands and all that stuff (completely neglecting their other schoolwork though, how did they ever progress in school with all these field trips?). Another memorable part of the book that I didn’t remember until I read it was the idea of breadfruit. They end up eating it cooked while on the island and I remember it apparently looks like brains.
Did you read The Boxcar Children? What was your favorite series growing up? Let me know in the comments below.