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The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - an The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - and why?


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The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - an The Aldens meet Mr. Hudson, a local author who is best known for his novel about a vampire. But rumors of a real vampire are going around town - a vampire who haunts the graveyard behind Mr. Hudson's house! But since vampires don't exist, the children soon realize that someone must be trying to scare people away from Greenfield! Who brought the old legend back to life - and why?

30 review for The Vampire Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    An interesting Boxcar Children, perfect for Halloween time. The children are housesitting for their grandfather’s author friend when strange things begin to occur. Is it a vampire, like in the author’s books? Though it’s a newer book, it’s still classic Boxcar Children. I was also interested to discover that a new Halloween Boxcar Children book comes out every October it seems.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grace Bittle

    Well I think all the books are alike. They are nice and short so you can read them really fast!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    "It was scary." -Briar This one had all of my babies on the edge of their seats with fear. "It was scary." -Briar This one had all of my babies on the edge of their seats with fear.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brynja

    "Oh, my!" Violet cried. A number of Mr. Hudson's beautiful flowers had been ripped from the ground and were lying across the walkway. Benny was the first to see the words written across the porch boards in bright red letters. '"Leave...me...to...rest...in...pea...pea...'" He turned to Henry for help. "'Leave me to rest in peace,'" Henry read. "'Or you will be sorry.'" "Oh, my!" Violet cried. A number of Mr. Hudson's beautiful flowers had been ripped from the ground and were lying across the walkway. Benny was the first to see the words written across the porch boards in bright red letters. '"Leave...me...to...rest...in...pea...pea...'" He turned to Henry for help. "'Leave me to rest in peace,'" Henry read. "'Or you will be sorry.'"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kenna

    This is AMAZING. It's the first audio book that I saw the pictures because this is just a book that you can listen to and I REALLY REALLY thought I was looking at the pictures. Right before bed, I asked, "Can I listen to it at bedtime?" Then I finished it, and then I slept super good because I loved it. I didn't want to stop reading it. I'm excited to read another one of Boxcar Children. This is AMAZING. It's the first audio book that I saw the pictures because this is just a book that you can listen to and I REALLY REALLY thought I was looking at the pictures. Right before bed, I asked, "Can I listen to it at bedtime?" Then I finished it, and then I slept super good because I loved it. I didn't want to stop reading it. I'm excited to read another one of Boxcar Children.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The Vampire Mystery (Boxcar Children Mysteries) By Gertrude Chandler Warner When young Benny Alden checks out the book “The Legend of the Vampire,” from the library, strange things begin to happen in the town of Greenfield. Mr. Hudson, the author of the book and a friend of the childrens’ grandfather, needs to leave town for a few days and leaves his house in the care of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. Since he is trying to sell his house, the children offer to clean up the yard for him while he The Vampire Mystery (Boxcar Children Mysteries) By Gertrude Chandler Warner When young Benny Alden checks out the book “The Legend of the Vampire,” from the library, strange things begin to happen in the town of Greenfield. Mr. Hudson, the author of the book and a friend of the childrens’ grandfather, needs to leave town for a few days and leaves his house in the care of Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. Since he is trying to sell his house, the children offer to clean up the yard for him while he is gone. Unfortunately, someone has other plans for the house. Flowers are ripped from the garden, the words “Leave me to rest in peace or you will be sorry” is painted in red on the front porch. Something that looks like blood is being left on neighbor’s back porches, and a strange cloaked figure is seen at night in the cemetery behind the house. Will the Alden children be able to solve the mystery in time? Is the legend of the Greenfield Vampire real, or is someone trying to scare Mr. Hudson and the children? Exerpt from book: “After they placed their order, Jessie pulled out her notebook and a pencil. When facing a mystery, the Aldens often found that writing all the facts and clues on paper helped them to see what was going on. Jessie wrote “Vampire Legend” at the top of the page. “What do we know about the vampire legend?” she asked. Henry took a long drink of his lemonade. “People around Greenfield used to tell stories about a vampire. We know that vampires are not real, so the people must have done it for fun or to scare each other.” “And Mr. Hudson heard the stories when he was growing up. He turned them into a book.” Violet added. “Then Mr. Hudson saw a vampire in the cemetery behind his house.” Benny leaned across the table, eyes wide. “No, Benny. He saw something that concerned him. He didn’t actually see a vampire,” Henry added. “Then what did he see?” asked Benny “We’re not sure,” Henry said.“ True to the “Boxcar Children” series, this book keeps the reader interested and wondering what will happen next. I loved reading about Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny when I was a child; and now my children have that privilege as well. The story is well written and I love the determination of the Alden children to help out their new friend Mr. Hudson. I was captivated from beginning to end, and loved every clue that the children found along the way. This is a wonderful story for children of all ages. I can’t wait to read this again with my children.

  7. 5 out of 5

    MsLadyCritic

    A cute, quick read that takes me back to early grade school. Oh these Boxcar Children books take me back. I don’t know if the books have necessarily become shorter or I’ve just become a faster reader, but I remember it taking all afternoon to read one of these novels when I was little. I sped through this novel in less than a half hour and thought that I could have definitely read it faster if I so wanted. Reading these novels years later, it’s nice to see that while the writer has taken the cha A cute, quick read that takes me back to early grade school. Oh these Boxcar Children books take me back. I don’t know if the books have necessarily become shorter or I’ve just become a faster reader, but I remember it taking all afternoon to read one of these novels when I was little. I sped through this novel in less than a half hour and thought that I could have definitely read it faster if I so wanted. Reading these novels years later, it’s nice to see that while the writer has taken the characters into the current decade without losing the foundation that both the books and the characters were built on. One thing that I’m not too keen on is the language used. Of don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing but squeaky clean stuff here, but in order to appeal to today’s kids the stiff formal language really needs to be updated more. In a world where today’s youth is playing COD and watching Jersey Shore – yeah, these books aren’t going to be snatched off the shelves by anyone other than ultra-conservative parents. But onto the novel itself. The mystery was cute and perfect for the Halloween season. While I felt as though everything were rather rushed (inevitable from the short length of the novel) I can see where it was meant to keep the attention of its targeted audience. In the end, I like how I can dip back into my inner child (more than I already do) by reading these types of novels and this one didn’t disappoint in that respect. However, there’s only so far a person can retreat into childhood and this was just a little too much. Yes, I would buy it for young cousins whose parents are a little too strict. In the end, I’m only giving this a 4/10 and a recommendation for very young readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I received an ebook copy of this book through NetGalley. (Thanks, NetGalley!) While I'm an academic librarian and rarely get to help children, I do work with quite a lot of education students who want recommendations on children's lit. Thus I try to sample it often. The Boxcar Children was one of my favorite series, oh, twenty-plus years ago, when I was in elementary school and a little bit older. I had no idea that the series had kept going! When I read this one, I was pleased to find that Henry I received an ebook copy of this book through NetGalley. (Thanks, NetGalley!) While I'm an academic librarian and rarely get to help children, I do work with quite a lot of education students who want recommendations on children's lit. Thus I try to sample it often. The Boxcar Children was one of my favorite series, oh, twenty-plus years ago, when I was in elementary school and a little bit older. I had no idea that the series had kept going! When I read this one, I was pleased to find that Henry, Jessie, Violet, Benny, and Grandfather seemed to have rolled with the times well. They still have their sweet 1950s vibe. The author who has continued the series has done a lovely job of keeping that classic Alden family character while making subtle references to modern times. She balances it quite well. I do wish that the author had brought out the vampire theme in this book a little bit more. Children who want a taste of the vampire trend honestly aren't going to get a big taste. The vampire is fairly tangential to the story. No fun if your big sis is reading Twilight. Still, a fun addition to the Boxcar Children series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Y

    "Oh Benny, are you sure that is a good book for you?" asked twelve-year old Jessie. She was twelve, and kept an eye on her younger brother. Yeah, that there's some good quality writing and editing. Did you know Jessie is twelve? Other than that, plenty of the usual inept and pointlessly rude adult characters. "Oh Benny, are you sure that is a good book for you?" asked twelve-year old Jessie. She was twelve, and kept an eye on her younger brother. Yeah, that there's some good quality writing and editing. Did you know Jessie is twelve? Other than that, plenty of the usual inept and pointlessly rude adult characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tarissa

    A fun little "scary" (but not scary) mystery that kids will love. It involves a local legend of a vampire and some "bad guys" with intentions to scare. I've always enjoyed a good Boxcar Children mystery, and this one is included. A fun little "scary" (but not scary) mystery that kids will love. It involves a local legend of a vampire and some "bad guys" with intentions to scare. I've always enjoyed a good Boxcar Children mystery, and this one is included.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Poor editing made this a cringe-worthy read. "People said prowled the town at night and brought his victims to the cemetery." (P. 14) "Violet admiring old bicycle." (P. 17) The writing: appalling The plot: predictable Verdict: There are better Boxcar tales to be read. Poor editing made this a cringe-worthy read. "People said prowled the town at night and brought his victims to the cemetery." (P. 14) "Violet admiring old bicycle." (P. 17) The writing: appalling The plot: predictable Verdict: There are better Boxcar tales to be read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    I want to suck your blood! Not on the kids dime. A house is being sabotaged and the kids are going to knuckle down and find the twerp.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shervi

    Good

  14. 4 out of 5

    debbicat *made of stardust*

    Pretty cute as an audio book complete with sound effects. Entertaining for my commute. I enjoyed it.

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    Katie Kirk

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

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  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Gina Hott

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