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Mystery Ranch (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #4) [Paperback]

By Gertrude Chandler Warner (Author) & Dirk Gringhuis (Illustrator)
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Item description for Mystery Ranch (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #4) by Gertrude Chandler Warner & Dirk Gringhuis...

Violet and Jessie begin an adventure when they journey to Centerville to keep Aunt Jane company on the family ranch.

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Studio: Albert Whitman & Company
Pages   127
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.68" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1989
Publisher   Albert Whitman & Company
Age  9-12
ISBN  0807553913  
ISBN13  9780807553916  
UPC  792836003958  

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More About Gertrude Chandler Warner & Dirk Gringhuis

Gertrude Chandler Warner The Boxcar Children Series was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, when she realized that there were few, if any, books for children that were both easy and fun to read. She drew on her own experiences in writing the mysteries. As a child, she had spent hours watching trains near her home, and often dreamed about what it would be like to live in a caboose or freight car. In each story, she chose a special setting and introduced unpredictable, unusual or eccentric characters, to help highlight the Aldens independence and resourcefulness. Miss Warner lived in Putnam, Massachusetts until her death in 1979."

Gertrude Chandler Warner lived in Putnam, in the state of Connecticut. Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 and died in 1979.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life
5Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Mystery & Detective > The Boxcar Children

Reviews - What do customers think about Mystery Ranch (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #4)?

Paperback BoxCar Children  Dec 5, 2007
I was disappointed. I wanted only hardback copies, and I did not see where this said paperback.
My loss, will have to be more careful in the future.
The series is good for children's reading.
Thank you,
S. A. Henry
Mystery Ranch  Dec 21, 2006
ISBN 0807553913 - I really like the Boxcar Children series, and because the previous reviews on this one have brought these things up, I thought I'd include my thoughts: Yes, the children travel, etc alone. The book is copyrighted in 1958, when the world was a great deal safer and more innocent. If it's a concern to you, as a parent, take advantage of the chance to point out some of the ways the world has changed in the last 50 years. I also agree there's not a lot of mystery, but it's a kids' book and I have yet to read any kids' book that didn't have an entirely predictable storyline and ending.

The adventure begins when Grandfather gets a letter from his sister's neighbor, who also acts as her nurse. Jane is impossible and Maggie, the neighbor, is going to leave. Grandfather is worried because his sister can't live alone, so when the girls offer to go stay with her, it seems like a perfect - if temporary - solution.

On the train to Centerville, the girls meet a mysterious man who disappears as soon as they get off the train. Taking care of Aunt Jane takes their mind off the identity of the man and the girls settle in happily. Unable to resist her great-nieces, Aunt Jane begins to respond and even starts to be happy! As the end of the summer looms, the whole family is re-united on the ranch in time to save the ranch, solve the riddle of the mystery man and celebrate Aunt Jane's birthday - and her decision to let go of an almost lifelong grudge against her brother.

More sentimental than most of the rest of the series, Mystery Ranch is a good read for lessons in forgiveness, family and love, but if you're looking for true mystery, you might try a more contemporary author. And if you're a Boxcar Children fan, most definitely read this one - it's as good as the rest of the series, just in a different way.
MYSTERY RANCH  Dec 28, 2005
I love this book it kept me on the edge of my seat. i recomend this book to people who like mysteries.
It's not so mysterious  Sep 28, 2002
Why isn't this book as good as the rest? I hated it when i was little, much as I loved the rest of the original series. Years have passed since then and I read it again and it's not so bad. But the other reviewers are correct in the fact that this is no mystery, really.

As for the purpose of this book in the scheme of the entire series, it's actually very important. This book is the important link between books 3 and the rest of the series. This book introduces Aunt Jane, a very important role in the future of the children, and it sets the groundwork for book 5, "Mike's Mystery", which takes place on the same ranch some time later. And book 5 is the springboard for Mike to be more important in later adventures. So there is a purpose to this book.

I can't really recommend it though. But any child who wants to read the whole series should not skip this book - it's still part of the experience, no matter how dull it may seem, and it's really not THAT bad.

What a flop!  Apr 27, 2002
This is the most boring book I have ever read! I loved the boxcar children books, and all of them I would rate better the 3 stars, but this one was so borring. MYSTERY ranch? What MYSTERY? The was no mystery in this book at all. The whole thing was just so borring. It's the worst boxcar book I have ever read, and I have read about 42 of their so far 87 books! It's just so borring.

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