Title: The Spy in the BleachersThe Spy in the Bleachers
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Pages: 117
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

The Boxcar Children!

The Story.

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are thrilled to be visiting Cogwheel Stadium at the invitation of its owner, Jim Tanaka. They are even more excited to volunteer and the ticket booth and vendor stands, helping out where help is needed. But most exciting of all is watching the Clayton Cogwheels play in their home stadium!

As the Aldens watch the game, it becomes increasingly apparent that something is wrong. Cody Howard, the Hatters’ star batter, is hitting incredibly well – too well. The only possible explanation is that someone is leaking the Cogwheels’ pitching signals. But who would do such a thing? Carlos the vendor? Emma Larke, the angry woman? It could even be the Cogwheels’ own team mascot! Can the Aldens detect the real culprit?

Discussion.

It had been several years – something like eight, to be precise – since I had read a Boxcar Children mystery. I had forgotten in the interim many of the things that I enjoyed most about the series – the respectful attitudes of the children, their willingness to work and help out, and their ability to get along with each other. This mystery, while not significant, featured those aspects of the Alden children’s characters, and for that I enjoyed it.

Conclusion. A fun story, but one which requires next to no deductive skills. Still, it will keep children guessing!

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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