Two Kids Reads

Leah Courtney

The Vampire Mystery (a Boxcar Children mystery) by Gertrude Chandler Warner is a book in the beloved children's series The Boxcar Children.  I chose this one to review because my older kids have read and enjoyed some scary stories, so I thought my younger crew would enjoy something with "Vampire" in the title.

The Vampire Mystery has the four siblings from the Boxcar series in a new mystery.  When their grandfather's friend leaves them to house sit his home while he travels, they stumble into a mystery.  Is a vampire really haunting the house and the old cemetery behind it or is there something else going on, someone who doesn't want to see the house sold?

This mystery has plenty of clues and adventures for young readers but nothing really scary.  There is reference to vampires - which may frighten the younger set- but all's well in the end for the mystery solving siblings.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

I loved the first TJ and the Time Stumblers book by Bill Myers!  I think I may have enjoyed it as much as my middle schoolers- the target audience for the series.  I was super excited to get my hands on this fifth installment in the series.

TJ and her friends from the future, Tuna and Herby, find themselves in all kinds of trouble when the friends' plan to retrieve a plutonium power pack goes horribly awry.  Their bumbling results in TJ switching bodies with her old enemy Hesper Breakahart.  As TJ and her futuristic friends struggle to make things right again, they are chased by an enemy from the future.  Amid lots of fun and misadventures, all of our characters learn the importance of forgiveness as Tuna and Herby get one step closer to going home.

This book, like the first one we read, is incredibly funny and appealing to preteens while still teaching valuable life lessons.  There is nothing serious here, and older kids may find it too corny (even though I enjoyed it), but there's plenty of laughs and fun while TJ and friends learn more about the way God wants them to behave.  This is the 5th book, and we've missed books 2-4; but I didn't have any trouble picking up on what was going on.  I think readers could even pick up this one without reading the first one, but I'd recommend finding them all just because they are so fun to read!  I'll be looking for books 2-4!

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for review purposes.  All opinions are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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