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A freak snowstorm isolates the Aldens in a mountain cabin where they discover a coded message.


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A freak snowstorm isolates the Aldens in a mountain cabin where they discover a coded message.

30 review for Snowbound Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Justin Tate

    Even as a kid I remember Boxcar Children being a bit eye-rolling in terms of conflict, but I was enticed by new audio productions and decided to give this one a try. Actually it was a great experience. The audio performance was top-notch and included some fun sound effects. Although the "mystery" was hardly a nail-biter, the expert pacing kept me enthralled. I doubt I could devour these back-to-back because they are so simplistic, but it was a pleasant break from more cumbersome reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meredith Buchanan

    Oh my God it’s finally autumn in the Alden universe. It only took 13 books. I can only imagine the length of time that will pass before we see spring again. In the very first paragraph we learn that their school is closed because there’s been a fire and it’s been partially destroyed. This sounds very mysterious to me, but what do I know, because this crime-solving quartet isn’t piqued in the least by this tidbit. That’s Gertrude for you, throwing in some interesting news about arson t Oh my God it’s finally autumn in the Alden universe. It only took 13 books. I can only imagine the length of time that will pass before we see spring again. In the very first paragraph we learn that their school is closed because there’s been a fire and it’s been partially destroyed. This sounds very mysterious to me, but what do I know, because this crime-solving quartet isn’t piqued in the least by this tidbit. That’s Gertrude for you, throwing in some interesting news about arson to distract you, then never ever mentioning it again. Meanwhile, Benny is extolling the features of this marvelous cabin in the woods that he was recently discussing with Grandfather’s good chum down at the Sportsmen’s club. Seriously. I’m starting to feel like Grandfather is feeling his age, and has wisely decided to skip over the older, slower ‘jock’ (is he a jock? I can’t think of anything Henry’s good at, that was the nicest term I could come by)—Henry— as his possible heir—going straight to his only semi-intelligent spawn. All signs point to Benny being groomed for a future of finance and schmoozing on the links. Why else is Benny hanging out at the Sportsmen’s Club, unless he’s making shady deals and being bribed by long lunches and cabin getaways? Think of how easy it would be to bribe Benny with a good-sized hamburger. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also pretty clear who’s now in charge of ‘masterminding’ these little adventures—as usual Benny extolls the virtues of his newest idea with the imagination and style of a mid-sized travel pamphlet. ‘It’s too early to snow,’ and ‘only a 2.5 mile hike from the nearest grocery store’ and ‘there will be new plants and deer!’ and ‘I’m sure it won’t snow’ and ‘we could eat canned food’ and also ‘it won’t snow so that’s good.’ Spoiler alert: it’s going to totally snow. I mean, thanks for keeping the mystery alive, Gertrude, by naming the book Snowbound Mystery. It’s like you want to inhibit children’s slowly developing deductive reasoning skills. Obviously Gertrude is now working with some sort of Microsoft Office Word template, so in every new book she just has to tweak Benny’s monologue slightly, changing the details about the grocery store, and the amount of canned food they will want to purchase. The paragraph about Watch attending/staying at home is optional. However, I’m relieved to see they’ve finally moved on past ‘rocks and seashells”—earlier phenomena of nature previously fascinating to the set—and are now learning about multi-celled vertebrates. I know this is going to be a good adventure because Grandfather declines to participate. The trips without Grandfather are always fraught with the glimmer of possibility that he won’t be coming back for them, and that they’ll slowly starve to death after finishing off all the canned ham and pressing the leaves they’ve collected into books. Arriving at the cabin, Benny immediately begins to reminisce. Not oddly, (and predictably) back to the ‘good ole boxcar days,’ but instead back to the ‘night we spent in the baker’s shop before we found the boxcar.’ Oh yeah! That night right after our parents’ untimely death when we were on the run from our ‘evil’ Grandfather, when we overheard the baker and his wife planning to sell us into white slavery? God, those were the days, huh everybody? In Benny’s defense, harking back I’m pretty sure he slept through the bakers’ white slavery discussion, so maybe all he remembers is the free bread. To Benny, lots of carbohydrates really is the ‘good ole days.’ Another perk of the cabin? The cold water of course! And the Visitor’s Book, literally a book that each guest signs during their stay. You wouldn’t think it (haha, yes you would, you know the Aldens) but the Visitor’s Book provides hours of entertainment. “Oh look, Mr. Robbins signed it. And Mr. Smith. And Mr. Jones. So many last names! Boy this is the best vacation ever!” After only a few hours (I’m assuming) Henry becomes suspicious of some hapless village family. See, the Nelsons have signed the Visitor’s Book THREE FREAKING TIMES but they own the grocery store a scant 2.5 miles away! WHY WOULD THEY NEED TO VISIT THE CABIN?! They already have their own home in the middle of nowhere. I haven’t seen this level of suspicion and paranoia in Henry since his cousin Joe/John had amnesia and was displaying un-handyman-like tendencies. ohboyohboyohboy! Obviously, the Nelsons (and their son named Puggsy–winner of the Best Name for a Supporting Throwaway Character) are Up to No Good. But still, following the cockeyed code of the Alden-verse, even criminals sign the Visitor’s Book–whether it incriminates them or not. It’s just good manners. There’s nothing left to do but traipse the 2.5 miles down to the grocery store to investigate. Did I mention its 2.5 miles both ways? Don’t worry, I’ll remind you again later. But first, let’s all have sandwiches. But before that, Violet needs to set the table with a tablecloth and an artful centerpiece arrangement. They have bananas for dessert. This is only one time in a long line of instances that the Aldens have fruit for ‘dessert.’ You keep using these words... I don't think these words mean what you think they do. After their 2.5 mile walk, the Aldens reach the Nelson’s Store. Suspiciously, the Nelsons all seem to be young, attractive, upstanding citizens. Everyone is immediately disappointed. Luckily, Puggsy seems to be slow-witted and drops many heavy-handed hints about their probable wrongful activities. During the Alden’s nightly summit they all agree the Nelson’s are visiting the cabin to search for something. And being the Aldens, I’m sure they’ll find it first. During the night, there arose such a clatter, Henry leaped from his bed to see what was the matter. Nope, not Santa, not a burglar, but worse. SQUIRRELS. Squirrels are really the villains in this story; ruining the Alden’s homemade birdhouse, banging around in the attic, eating all the nuts in the nut trees (oh, have I not mentioned the nut trees. Just wait). The next morning the Aldens walk BACK to the grocery store to buy supplies to ‘fix the hole in the roof’ that they are assuming exists. I hope they are going to question Mr. Nelson about squirrel behavior as well, being that I have many doubts about their animal husbandry knowledge. For instance, the children are dazzled by the two deer they see in the woods, one of which must be a female, Henry worldly explains, since her ‘horns aren’t as big.’ I don’t know Henry’s ‘college’ major, but I’m guessing it’s not veterinary sciences. The only female deer that have antlers are reindeer. Thanks Gertrude–this is what you’re teaching our children. Mr. Nelson is a fount of knowledge, helpfully instructing Henry to only patch up the whole after ‘making sure all the squirrels are out of the attic.’ Obviously this guy catches on fast, and knows that this instruction needs to be spelled out. They’re only there for a few moments, but Puggsy manages to mention searching for hidden things in the cabin like 12 times. Then, on the way home, Watch gets his paw caught in a steel trap. Now, if you’re a normal human being that loves your dog–this would be a big deal. Have you ever seen a steel trap from the 30′s? Animals gnaw their own legs off to get out of these things. At the very least this would have broken Watch’s leg, at the most it would have done that as well as stripped all the flesh off of it. Not appropriate for a children’s book in the least. Luckily for Watch Aldenverse isn’t grounded in any sort of reality, and once freed, Watch simply walks it off. However, we can tell how much the Aldens care, as Henry is pretty annoyed about it for at least 10 minutes. The next day is pretty special, as the Aldens go nutting. Yup, nutting. Picking up nuts. Gertrude enjoys working ‘nuts’ into every sentence with wild abandon. It’s almost as much fun as frankfurters. Then the Aldens walk 2.5 miles back to the store for what I can only determine is absolutely no reason at all. I guess the Aldens don’t consider it to be a real vacation unless they spend the majority of it buying food. After banging on their nuts with rocks (haha) for several hours inside the cabin, the Aldens have made quite a mess. Jessie as you imagine is eager to sweep it up. And then they discover that they have no broom! I call shenanigans. Not a snowball’s chance in hell that Violet and Jessie didn’t look for a broom, dustpan, mop, rubber gloves, and a bottle of bleach the moment they arrived at that cabin. They’ve been there for three days and haven’t cleaned anything? Gertrude has jumped the shark here. But, salvation! Benny has been in another, different cabin once before that had a broom closet next to the fireplace. Using that ‘logic’ of course this cabin must have a fully stocked broom closet in the same location. Now, you’d think this would be another ridiculous ‘coincidence’ that I’m going to mock, but you’d be wrong. As we know from the yellow house/ brown house ‘coincidence’ in Yellow House Mystery, structures in Aldenverse only come in one of three basic floor plans: cabin, farmhouse, or mansion. So, I’m not fazed in the least when there is a hidden broom closet packed with cleaning supplies just where Benny predicts. There is also a mysterious code written inside the door. They write it down, but Henry admits straight away that he’s too stupid to even attempt to crack it. They decide to go back to the grocery store again tomorrow. THIS IS THE FOURTH DAY IN A ROW THEY ARE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE. I just thought I’d point that out. Going back and forth to the store has so far comprised their entire vacation. Despite all their big talk about grilling the Nelsons with thoughtful, probing questions, all they actually do is buy some more canned meat. Mr. Nelson mentions that the store is doing so poorly he might need to move away and get a better job. Benny kindly tells him he better not move until they go home because some drudge needs to be around to sell him bread and canned ham. On the way home it begins to snow (after the radio said it wouldn’t! By golly!). And it snows and snows and snows. It’s like the blizzard of ’93, the only time in my childhood that the snow was deep enough to sled. And by sled I mean slide across my backyard on a piece of cardboard. Ahh, the sparkling memories. The next morning the children are snowed in. Luckily they have Benny’s weather radio. And even luckier, Greenfield only has about 12 citizens, so the weatherman is broadcasting ‘special messages,’ to every person. “Grandfather Alden sends his love and suggests that his grandchildren wait out the storm in the hunter’s cabin.” And hopefully resort to cannibalism (that part’s implied). Henry and Benny go outside to clear the snow from around the house. Benny uses this opportunity to completely destroy some personal property while making himself some ‘snowshoes’ from pots and pans. While they’re gone Violet and Jessie make some canned chicken and spaghetti, as well as some jelly and snow concoction they call ‘ice cream.’ What, that sounds disgusting? You crazy. Surprise! The Nelsons walked 2.5 miles in the snow to come check on the children. They brought some supplies, but they got too heavy to carry so they just abandoned them along the trail. So basically their version of ‘helping’ is ‘eating the orphans dwindling food supply.’ Wow, we’re so glad you came. But unfortunately, Grandfather has decided not to let his heirs lapse into a Donner Party type situation, and sends a freakin’ helicopter to drop off supplies. Predictably, the Aldens are not satisfied with the haul and make a sign demanding more supplies. This could go on forever. After being trapped in a small cabin filled with Aldens, the Nelsons cave and spill their juicy secret. Mr. Nelson’s father made the best buns in the world! But he died before he could pass on the recipe, only able to whisper one solitary clue before his last breath, “cabin…” leading Mr. Nelson to believe that the secret recipe is hidden right here in the cabin! The Aldens show the family the code they found inside the closet door (let’s take a moment to reflect on the fact that this cabin was built by Mr. Nelson’s father, he grew up staying in it on hunting trips, they’ve been searching it for years, and they’ve never found the broom closet?! These people don’t deserve secret bun recipes). The code is the bun recipe (surprise surprise) but it’s still missing the secret ingredient! God, the suspense is killing me here. Before I move on, what kind of death did old Mr. Nelson succumb to, that was so sudden that he couldn’t pass on his bun recipe, so severe that he could only muster a single word, and yet so drawn out that he had time to go to his cabin in the woods and carve clues into doors and hide recipe cards? Riddle me that readers. My guess is that the secret bun ingredient is uranium. Fortuitously for our young heroes, they don’t need to do anymore searching. Weighed down by the extra snow, part of the roof collapses, spilled dirty snow, a squirrel family, and magical blue recipe cards everywhere. Proof that only an act of God can help the Aldens solve a mystery. The Nelsons are ecstatic, Grandfather and the national guard come to rescue the children, and they all pile into the McMansion for hot cocoa. Always the helpful benefactor, Grandfather twists the arm of the local grocer to rent an empty storefront (that Grandfather owns, natch) and employ Mr. Nelson of the Wonder Buns. So Mr. Nelson goes from a semi-successful small business owner to a low level manager, basically. I am curious why Mr. Nelson couldn’t just rent the storefront directly from Grandfather and keep his own business. Obviously some sort of mob activity is involved. And the Nelson family lives happily ever after. Except for Puggsy, since no one will tell him the secret ingredient because he’s a little snitch. (enjoy this review? Read more at www.rampantreads.wordpress.com)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Knox

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved the Boxcar Children when I was little. I didn't remember much of them and thought this one would be great to read in a snow storm. It wasn't the best snow storm read and the mystery is totally ridiculous- a recipe! A missing ingredient in a family recipe! Come on. Also, these kids get snow bound in a cabin with two grown adults and the kids are taking charge? Weird. Generally speaking, this is a well written story with good flow, and I am an adult rating a kids book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    I really like this book! It’s great for younger and older kids. Not scary, but not boring either!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Oh, those Alden kids, always helping people. And WHERE DID GRANDFATHER MAKE HIS MONEY!?!?!?

  6. 4 out of 5

    WheeldonHS

    Somehow we ended up listening to an original Boxcar Children's book. We usually stick to the more recent ones and avoid the ones written by Warner herself. This was a good reminder of why. The dialogue was painful let alone the uneventful plot. But hey, if you like hearing about kids walking to and from the local grocery store then you will love this book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Another exciting adventure for the Alden family! This time, they are snowed in at a hunter's cabin. I really think their little getaways must be so much fun! So far, each book has given me one new piece of information about Henry. In Houseboat Mystery, I learned that Henry was now old enough to drive. In this book, he's in college! Everyone else is pretty much the same. Benny is funny, Jessie is the cook, and Violet picks up the other household duties. (She does the sewing in the first book, the laundry Another exciting adventure for the Alden family! This time, they are snowed in at a hunter's cabin. I really think their little getaways must be so much fun! So far, each book has given me one new piece of information about Henry. In Houseboat Mystery, I learned that Henry was now old enough to drive. In this book, he's in college! Everyone else is pretty much the same. Benny is funny, Jessie is the cook, and Violet picks up the other household duties. (She does the sewing in the first book, the laundry in Houseboat Mystery, and the interior decorating in this one.) The "mystery" in this book is pretty innocent. The Alden children meet a nice family, the Nelsons, who seems to act a little weird, as if they're hiding something. What are they hiding?! The Alden children talk over the Nelsons' strange behavior and do a lot of wondering. This book is an enjoyable read, and it's fun seeing how everything falls into place.

  8. 5 out of 5

    April

    I always love how reading the Boxcar Children lights a fire in my kids' imagination, so I liked the book for that. However, we found the story itself lacking and not best of Boxcar Children books we've read together.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    This was a cute story. They mentioned the boxcar for the first time in a while.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Just snowed here so I thought this would be a good read. Thankfully didn't get as much snow as the book did. I would have went little stir crazy. Henry's home from college for a little while and Benny wants to have an adventure before his brother goes back. They go to a hunting cabin that is back up in the woods. It's too early for snow so the kids and Watch, their dog, go up. Their grandpa stays behind knowing they will be fine. They walk to the little store each day for supplies. Th Just snowed here so I thought this would be a good read. Thankfully didn't get as much snow as the book did. I would have went little stir crazy. Henry's home from college for a little while and Benny wants to have an adventure before his brother goes back. They go to a hunting cabin that is back up in the woods. It's too early for snow so the kids and Watch, their dog, go up. Their grandpa stays behind knowing they will be fine. They walk to the little store each day for supplies. They notice something up with the family though with each trip. Each day they go down they try to figure what is going on. It's not until the surprise blizzard hits do they find out about the secret missing recipe. Thank to a squirrel family, snow and a hole in the roof the recipe is found. When they get rescued the Nelson family gets more than could have asked for. The kids' grandpa owns a store and lets the Nelson's use it for bakery with grocery man's help. I thought that the ending was great. I was glad that found the recipe and didn't have to leave like thought would. I would have given a 5 star, but there was no closure to one part about the fox trap that caught Watch. It didn't really go with the story. Their grandpa is great and would have loved to be on my own in a cabin like that. These days couldn't do that with all the crazies out in the world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    Grandfather Alden, looking for some peace, packs his kids off to a remote cabin for a week, where they pore over the guestbook and make judgmental comments about other visitors who also bring their families to said cabin. Anyway, it pretty much goes on as all the Boxcar mysteries do, but this one's even more food-obsessed than the rest, as the mystery this time revolves around a lost recipe. There is a truly disgusting reference, however, to a culinary monstrosity of which I had not heard before Grandfather Alden, looking for some peace, packs his kids off to a remote cabin for a week, where they pore over the guestbook and make judgmental comments about other visitors who also bring their families to said cabin. Anyway, it pretty much goes on as all the Boxcar mysteries do, but this one's even more food-obsessed than the rest, as the mystery this time revolves around a lost recipe. There is a truly disgusting reference, however, to a culinary monstrosity of which I had not heard before - a whole chicken in a can. Bones and everything. Now granted I'm a vegetarian so chicken doesn't fill me with delight at the best of times, but come on. That just sounds really repulsive. And honestly kind of slimy...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    It is definitely a book of its time. It's a progression from "See Spot Run". Every solution is simple and works out perfectly...or works as is most advantageous. Everyone is happy and enjoys everyone else's company. This is in contrast to the youth novels of today where there is more realism. Perhaps that's a fault for some...allow innocence and the belief of the good in others to last. It's a fine book. It passes away an hour or two to read it. It is fairly amusing and if nothing else It is definitely a book of its time. It's a progression from "See Spot Run". Every solution is simple and works out perfectly...or works as is most advantageous. Everyone is happy and enjoys everyone else's company. This is in contrast to the youth novels of today where there is more realism. Perhaps that's a fault for some...allow innocence and the belief of the good in others to last. It's a fine book. It passes away an hour or two to read it. It is fairly amusing and if nothing else is a fun look into children's books of yesteryear. Do I recommend it? If you want to take the time...go for it...but I wouldn't be putting it into someone's hands unless they had an interest in the historical progression of children's books...or simply enjoyed children's books from this time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery Worrell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked the book but it could have been better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen F

    One of the better ones, I think.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maximilian Lee

    I liked this book because I LOVE SNOW!!!! I also liked this book because I like BLIZZARDS!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hollowspine

    This was a very nostalgic book for me. I remembered the story a bit better than the first boxcar children book with the mystery of the cabin and the squirrels in the attic. This also was a great book to read with all the snow we'd been getting this year. As with the first book the Alden children never ceased to amaze me with their consistently positive attitudes, polite speech patterns and unflinching work ethic. I also noticed however that although they didn't go out of their way to be extravag This was a very nostalgic book for me. I remembered the story a bit better than the first boxcar children book with the mystery of the cabin and the squirrels in the attic. This also was a great book to read with all the snow we'd been getting this year. As with the first book the Alden children never ceased to amaze me with their consistently positive attitudes, polite speech patterns and unflinching work ethic. I also noticed however that although they didn't go out of their way to be extravagant their situation has changed a lot from the first novel. Everyday that they were able to the Aldens walked to the Nelson's store and bought whatever they wanted, though no mention of how much money they were carrying or where it came from was ever made. However, the things they bought were never non-necessities and were often given multiple purposes. Grandfather Alden is, like his grandchildren, an extraordinarily polite and moral person. He also seems to own the entire town where he lives. So, in the end, the children, the Nelson's and a local grocer in town benefits from the Alden's adventure. I wonder what I learned from these books as a kid, what I took from them. I am fairly polite in my dealings with people, and I do have a good work ethic...but I'm not sure if it stems from being an introverted person never wanting to draw negative attention to herself or from an Alden induced sense of decorum. My money's on the introversion. Also, my nature is just not on an Alden level. I don't think I learned to be as ...realistic as I am, I think it may run in my family (or at least the dose I got). I still occasionally entertain notions that the Aldens are really some form of advanced robots made by Mr. Alden and then lost for a brief time before he managed to recover them. They are programmed to always see the silver lining and to respect all life at all times; even when trying to wrangle squirrels they try to maintain the squirrels dignity. In conclusion, perhaps I can credit some of my limited good qualities to reading about the Alden children, though I believe it is impossible to be as positive, polite and contented as the Aldens are (I've never met anyone who hasn't had a bad day). However, I also believe that not many people read the Boxcar books to their children anymore and I do not believe that many children read it to themselves. I wonder if the Boxcar children have any place in literature today except as pieces of nostalgia? If that is so, then it is a sad waste. If only more children (and adults for that matter) were held up to Alden like standards the world would be a better place to live.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heath Kennedy

    The Box Car Children book, "Snowbound Mystery," is an entertaining little book about four children named the Aldens. From youngest to oldest their names are Benny, Jessie, Violet and Henry. All four of them used to live in a red boxcar, but now live with their grandfather in the town of Greenfield. These four siblings are known for their crazy little adventures, and this time they have decided to go live in a small hunting cabin way out in the woods for a week. This cabin is so far out in the wo The Box Car Children book, "Snowbound Mystery," is an entertaining little book about four children named the Aldens. From youngest to oldest their names are Benny, Jessie, Violet and Henry. All four of them used to live in a red boxcar, but now live with their grandfather in the town of Greenfield. These four siblings are known for their crazy little adventures, and this time they have decided to go live in a small hunting cabin way out in the woods for a week. This cabin is so far out in the woods that the children have to walk two and a half miles each day, just to get to the store! At the store they meet Mr. Nelson, his wife and their son Puggsy. When the children mention the hunters cabin, the Nelsons turn red In their faces and little Puggsy begins to say something about hunting for "it," but then stops. At this the Alden children become suspicious. When the siblings leave they talk about Puggsy. What was he talking about? Nobody knew, but each day they tried to get more clues from visiting the Nelsons store. In the mean time, Benny discovered that a group of squirrels had been colonizing in the cabins attic for the upcoming winter. They made so much noise at night, and it was hard for the kids to sleep. Henry and Benny decided that there must be a hole in the roof, and that they would have to fix it. The very day after the squirrels were discovered the snow storm hit! Just as the four where heading back from the Nelsons store, snow started falling extremely heavily. They almost didn't make it back in time, but after a lot of struggling and trudging, they made it! Once all were settled down and drinking their hot cocoa, a surprise came. The Nelsons where nocking on the cabin door! The Nelsons concerned that the Alden children wouldn't make it back in through the storm, but they were glad to find them safe and sound. One thing was for sure, the Nelsons were not about to head back! They had to stay at the cabin too. That night the sibling learned what the Nelsons were hunting for! Read the book to find out for yourself! Some things that I like about this book at that their grandfather gave them so much liberty to do things away from him, and also the whole adventure aspect of the story. There was one thing that annoyed me though, the author never used contractions. Instead they put the two word separate. All things considered, this little book is a nice easy read, and good for anyone! Enjoy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    OK, so I have to admit that I am starting to get annoyed with how often Grandpa Alder just drops these kids off in strange places and leaves them. What the hell! So this time it is a small hunting cottage where they have to hike 2.5 miles to get to the nearest store. There's some responsible parenting. There is a sign in book at the hunting lodge and the kids wonder why the shop keeper and his family are up in the cabin so frequently. Clearly, there is a mystery. But I'd have to say it is a myst OK, so I have to admit that I am starting to get annoyed with how often Grandpa Alder just drops these kids off in strange places and leaves them. What the hell! So this time it is a small hunting cottage where they have to hike 2.5 miles to get to the nearest store. There's some responsible parenting. There is a sign in book at the hunting lodge and the kids wonder why the shop keeper and his family are up in the cabin so frequently. Clearly, there is a mystery. But I'd have to say it is a mystery why the shop keeper and his family would sign the guest book every single time they stopped by. The characters are consistent within the series, the writing is solid. But the plot is weak.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lilly and I just finished this book on Saturday, January 7, 2012. Here is what Lilly had to say about the book: "I like the part when the Nelsons came to their (the Alden's) house and they were stuck and they came into their house. I liked the squirrel part." I loved reading this book with Lilly, it was a perfect book for winter. We both loved reading about the children being trapped in a cabin during a blizzard where the snow reached over the windows.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura Cushing

    Still reading my way through the Boxcar Children series thanks to Kindle Unlimited. This time the kids are snowbound in a cabin, and the mystery involves some family that runs a grocery store. As usual the kids are resourceful and friendly. A quick fun kids read. Not heavy on plot and the passage of time is somewhat wonky... how long has Henry been in college now and the girls haven't graduated high school yet? Is Benny still in elementary? There is a mention that Watch is an old dog now.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Seattle was frustratingly devoid of seasons, at least the way the four seasons were portrayed in books and movies. I ached for winters blessed with blankets of snow. My fervent annual wish was for a white Christmas.So imagine my jealousy perusing the tale of the four boxcar children snowbound, trapped indoors with family members who actually enjoyed spending their time together playing games, piecing together puzzles, and constructing art projects.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Hansen

    I really love how Mr. Alden trust the children enough to let them go on their own and have adventures. The idea of sending kids to spend a week in a remote cabin, with a 5 mile walk round trip just to get food is amazing to me. Yes we know Henry is in college, but to me it's still ambitious. Enjoyable mystery. The snowstorm kept it thrilling. I really liked this one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bird

    Reading these books gives me a big dose of nostalgia. They're pretty monotonous and boring (how many meals can we witness the Alden children making?!), especially considering the kids' books being published today, but it reminds me of my childhood.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaetlyn

    I like that Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny go up to a hunters cabin. I like how there are squirrels in the attic with recipe cards. I like how everyone goes nut picking and got a lot of hickory nuts.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kel

    Picked this up at a yard sale. I have always like GCW; Boxcar Children #1 is a top comfort book. My son and I read this. Fun story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caleb

    I Liked snowbound mystery they got stuck in A snow storm

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iain Brannon

    brr this frozen book squirrels vs dog snow and things like that is commen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Spoke

    There doesn't have to be a villain for things to be mysterious. <3

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hazel

    A good series for the young reader.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Very good book, a very quick read.

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