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The Boxcar Children- The Lighthouse Mystery

Updated on November 20, 2014

Mysteries for Children

Books and Lighthouses- A Great Combination

I have long been a lighthouse fan and during the past several years I have traveled to and photographed over 90 lighthouses. My love of lighthouses is something that I enjoy sharing with my granddaughters. I also love reading and sharing this passion with my grandchildren.

My two oldest granddaughters live about a 9 hour drive away from us so each summer they come to stay at our house for a week or two. Last summer when they were 7 and 9 we decided to read The Lighthouse Mystery from the Boxcar Children mystery series. Both girls love to read so we would take turns reading the book. Grandma would read a chapter and then the girls would read a chapter. We took some time each day to read our book and enjoyed watching the mystery unfold.

In The Lighthouse Mystery, Grandfather and the children drive by an old lighthouse by the beach and see that it has a sign in it saying it is for sale. They stop at a nearby store to inquire about the lighthouse and find that it has been sold and the store owner now owns the lighthouse. When he says he is willing to rent the lighthouse, Grandfather and the children jump at the chance. It sounds like a great idea to them.

They love living in the old lighthouse where they can climb to the top and see all up and down the beach. They also love being able to go swimming and play at the beach whenever they want. Everything is going great until one night they hear some mysterious sounds coming from the house next door. They go to look and don't see anything, but when it continues on other nights they start to investigate. It is amazing to read about what was happening right on the lighthouse grounds. The children were diligent in uncovering the mystery.

I asked my granddaughters, Rachel and Ella, to tell me their favorite parts of the book.

  • Rachel said " I like the part where they told the details of the rocks they used for chairs at the table".
  • Ella said " I liked trying to figure out who was sneaking around at night."

Sharing a book is a wonderful way to bond with my grandchildren. It makes our time together special.

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This is Big Sable Lighthouse.  It is a tall lighthouse with a house attached, perhaps a bit bigger than the one in "The Lighthouse Mystery". mbgphoto
This is Big Sable Lighthouse. It is a tall lighthouse with a house attached, perhaps a bit bigger than the one in "The Lighthouse Mystery". mbgphoto

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Have you read any of the Boxcar Children Mysteries? Which one is your favorite?

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      4 years ago

      I have not read any of the boxcar mysteries, but I do love lighthouses. Enjoyed some New England ones this summer.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful way to spend time with you granddaughters! I remember reading the original Boxcar Children when I was in grade school. I loved that book! As a matter of fact, I can easily remember that it was the book that got me started going to the library every weekend to get more books to read.

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      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a fun time you have had reading this lighthouse mystery with your granddaughters! You know my favorite lighthouse memory is about my daughter's wedding at the Tybee Island Lighthouse in Georgia. :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I've been to the lighthouse you feature here. I would enjoy any lighthouse book, especially when shared with children. Loved hearing what your granddaughters enjoyed most about the lighthouse mystery. I could imagine the three of you reading to one another. Good times.

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      4 years ago

      Oh, what fun you have reading with your granddaughters! I so enjoyed the girls sharing thoughts of The Lighthouse Mystery for your book review! Now I'm going to have to read this book and make a few discoveries too. The rock chairs intrigue me, too.


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