Throwback Book Review: Boxcar Children #56

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.

What We Missed: #55 The Mystery of the Secret Message, something about a missing statue and a mystery message hidden in a picture.

#56 The Firehouse Mystery: Benny finds an old firefighter’s helmet in the attic with Grandfather’s name on it and the kids find out he used to be a volunteer firefighter. Because he knows everyone in town, Grandfather takes them to the local firehouse where the kids get a tour and they find out that the town wants to tear it down to build a new one.

The Aldens have never met a cause they didn’t want to help with, so they immediately volunteer to spruce up the place and make people change their minds. Because a coat of paint and some plants will negate the fact that the garage can’t fit modern firetrucks…

But because this is a Boxcar Children mystery, someone wants to thwart their plans. They find the leftover paint kicked over into a messy puddle, and someone trampled their window box plants. Then, valuable trophies go missing along with the firehouse Dalmatian’s blanket.

Was it the woman who is behind the charge for tearing it down? Is it the architect she hired that really needs the job? Or is it the guy who has been sulking around, claiming to write a book on historic Greenfield buildings but hasn’t done any research?

All signs point to the architect since she comes into possession of their petition to stop the demolition, and she’s been really interested in the trophies. But the kids find a notebook with the prices listed for the trophies, and realize it belongs to the ‘writer’ and when he shows up, the dog finds her blanket in the back of his car, covering the trophies.

In the end, the firehouse is saved from being torn down: the architect comes up with a way to expand it to fit better firetrucks, with a locking case for the trophies and artifacts.

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