created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Series: The Boxcar Children
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Genre: chapter book
age level: 6-10
format available: ebook, paperback, hardcover
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While at the Winding River Lodge, the Aldens hear about a zombie living in the surrounding forest! As the signs of the zombie attacks start to mount, the Boxcar Children recruit the help of a reporter and some locals. But is someone hiding information? Or should the Boxcar Children really be afraid of things that go bump in the night?
Quick note about the series:
When their parents died, the Alden children ran away to live on their own. They feared they would be found and sent to live with their grandfather. They had never met him, and they worried he might be mean to them. So the children stayed in an old boxcar in the woods. The old railroad car quickly became their home, and they lived there until their grandfather found them. When the children saw how nice he was and how much he loved them, they went to live with him in Greenfield. Later, as a surprise, Grandfather had the boxcar moved into the backyard so they could play in it any time they liked.
Each book is an adventure/mystery with the children mostly doing it all themselves.
Once again, Grandfather drops the children off while he runs off for a business meeting. I'd be mad about it if I hadn't read more of the stories. The Alden children are very self-sufficient and they are had a cabin vacation spot owned by friends of Grandfather.
There is a lot going on and I don't like some of the characters. There is a painter, a reporter, the owners grandson and his friends, plus numerous other guests. It all starts at breakfast where the reporter is complaining about a missing persons case. Actually it is a businessman who is missing, along with his clients money. Since she's suppose to be on vacation she stops thinking about it. When the grandson mentions the zombie she jumps all over it. This reporter also has a blog about hauntings.
As with all the books I remember, the children are well-mannered, thoughtful, helpful, hard-working and a little nosy. And Ben is hungry.
I actually liked how this one ended. The reporter wasn't quite the flake she seems at the beginning. The grandson and his friends were also big helpers. And the zombie? There really was one, just like in the movies.
Disclaimer: This was a private purchase but the review is not written any differently than if I had received a complimentary review copy. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and may differ from yours. Book information courtesy of the the series website.
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