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Librarian's Note: For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here. Marooned on a mountain, the Aldens survive a landslide and find a Native American secret. Librarian's Note: For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here. Marooned on a mountain, the Aldens survive a landslide and find a Native American secret.

30 review for Mountain Top Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I really can't give any of these books (other than the first one) more than four stars because I just don't find them that well-written but this one is certainly a bit more entertaining than some. There's a genuine adventure here as the family is trapped on a mountaintop after a rockslide -- however, I admit that Grandfather's enormous wealth and connections take the fun out of it when he basically had a contingency plan and you know none of them are going to be stuck up there more than one nigh I really can't give any of these books (other than the first one) more than four stars because I just don't find them that well-written but this one is certainly a bit more entertaining than some. There's a genuine adventure here as the family is trapped on a mountaintop after a rockslide -- however, I admit that Grandfather's enormous wealth and connections take the fun out of it when he basically had a contingency plan and you know none of them are going to be stuck up there more than one night because Help Is Coming. It would be more exciting if the children actually had to fend for themselves or use their own ingenuity! Then there's the sidestory with the elderly Native American woman the family is curious about... again, I know they are supposed to be helpful and kind, but I had a hard time not finding it somewhat patronizing and annoying. That said, I was almost pleasantly surprised that I didn't cringe more about the portrayal of the Native American here -- there's actually a part where the Lovan (the Native American woman) says how she didn't like going into town because people there made her feel uncomfortable for her ways, and Grandfather and the children are upset about this and say that is no way for people to behave. I do think the author is trying to show humans are equal and should be treated with empathy. Yet, the whole thing just is still too much a product of its time and I ultimately felt uncomfortable with it, particularly because the resolution (view spoiler)[leaves the woman's land in wealthy white man's hands rather than in her own, even though I know Grandfather was trying to be kind and helpful... it just rubbed me the wrong way. Why not let her buy the land herself now that she had come into money!? (hide spoiler)] I recommend reading the following reviews for more details: by Octavia Cade: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... by Matthew: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Marissa

    More adventures, more John Carter, and more proof that Grandfather is a billion years old because he knows everyone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Octavia Cade

    These books. I think I'm supposed to enjoy them for the (apparent) helpfulness and kindness and good nature of the protagonists, but half the time I end up with my jaw hanging open at their nosiness and presumption. They're all just so entitled, which is a change for the definite worse from the first in the series. Anyway, in this volume the bad behaviour continues. Little Benny demands to be taken mountain climbing, so of course Grandfather Alden indulges the brat. From the top of said mountain These books. I think I'm supposed to enjoy them for the (apparent) helpfulness and kindness and good nature of the protagonists, but half the time I end up with my jaw hanging open at their nosiness and presumption. They're all just so entitled, which is a change for the definite worse from the first in the series. Anyway, in this volume the bad behaviour continues. Little Benny demands to be taken mountain climbing, so of course Grandfather Alden indulges the brat. From the top of said mountain they see a light in the woods, which park rangers later inform them is an old American Indian, who wants nothing more than to be left alone. Of course the family descends upon her en masse, out of base curiosity. "Oh, we wanted to see if you were in trouble," they say, knowing full well from said rangers that she's fine. It turns out that old Lovan is worried about losing her land, and instead of, say, hiring her a lawyer so that it isn't stolen out from under her, Grandfather buys it (of course he does) continuing his habit of hoovering up every resource he can get his grubby mitts on. And of course there's a lost relative in there, because there always, always is. Warner has an obsession with lost relatives, apparently, and the story wanders on its condescending way from there.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    There is a definite change from the first few books to the rest in terms of the amount of supervision the kids are kept under. They're given some limited freedom, but always a carefully laid adult safety net. Except this story involves Indians who seem to be rather condescendingly treated, including a high-school aged Indian boy who is left virtually unsupervised with little adult concern. Value is placed on Indian culture, but as something to be collected and studied by the White men, not a wort There is a definite change from the first few books to the rest in terms of the amount of supervision the kids are kept under. They're given some limited freedom, but always a carefully laid adult safety net. Except this story involves Indians who seem to be rather condescendingly treated, including a high-school aged Indian boy who is left virtually unsupervised with little adult concern. Value is placed on Indian culture, but as something to be collected and studied by the White men, not a worthy thing in itself. I do believe Ms. Warner is struggling to at least some degree to be more modern and progressive... to value humans equally and not be insensitive, but she remains a product of her time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Delaney L

    Amazing!! ☺🎉👏👐!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    This takes place in autumn. There is a mountain, a forest, a light, a stranger, a cave, and baskets. The beginning of the story was the most interesting to me. I liked the mountain part of the story, but I didn't like the forest part. I thought the story and mystery would go a different way and was disappointed when it didn't. This takes place in autumn. There is a mountain, a forest, a light, a stranger, a cave, and baskets. The beginning of the story was the most interesting to me. I liked the mountain part of the story, but I didn't like the forest part. I thought the story and mystery would go a different way and was disappointed when it didn't.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    The Boxcar Children = most read series between the ages of 6 and 9 for me. I think of these fondly. Every child should read this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    Not my favorite. Things were just a bit to conveniont. XP

  9. 5 out of 5

    Petrichor

    I reread this book as research for a writing project, and although it probably only deserves one star, I had to bump it up to two stars for nostalgia's sake. I reread this book as research for a writing project, and although it probably only deserves one star, I had to bump it up to two stars for nostalgia's sake.

  10. 5 out of 5

    JP

    It's kind of strange that after half a dozen books of being on their own, we now have several in a row that always have Grandfather and other adults watching over them, even as they get older and (hopefully) wiser. That being said, the (easy mode) mountain climbing is pretty neat, getting stranded is actually pretty good from a survival perspective, and finding and exploring caves is something I've always found cool--even if the Aldens don't actually do much of that part. On the other hand, when It's kind of strange that after half a dozen books of being on their own, we now have several in a row that always have Grandfather and other adults watching over them, even as they get older and (hopefully) wiser. That being said, the (easy mode) mountain climbing is pretty neat, getting stranded is actually pretty good from a survival perspective, and finding and exploring caves is something I've always found cool--even if the Aldens don't actually do much of that part. On the other hand, when you hear that there's an old Indian woman living alone because she wants to, you don't just go drop in unannounced and when you find out she's worried about losing your land... Grandfather just out and buys it? Sure it's ostensibly for a good cause, but that is really not a good way to teach people to solve problems... Overall, it's a fine enough book, but probably among the weaker of the series so far.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kendig

    (LL) So this is not only a white savior story, but it has a ton of racism and sexism throughout it. The natives in the story are not Indians, yet the characters (Lovan and David) refer to themselves and Indians; Lovan and David are also seen writing and speaking in “an Indian language.” Like are you kidding me? This is so widely xenophobic and historically inaccurate it’s dangerous for kids to read these books (in general but especially alone). The amount of freaking times they refer to Lovan as (LL) So this is not only a white savior story, but it has a ton of racism and sexism throughout it. The natives in the story are not Indians, yet the characters (Lovan and David) refer to themselves and Indians; Lovan and David are also seen writing and speaking in “an Indian language.” Like are you kidding me? This is so widely xenophobic and historically inaccurate it’s dangerous for kids to read these books (in general but especially alone). The amount of freaking times they refer to Lovan as “the old Indian woman” drives me up the wall, especially since they only ever refer to David by his name.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Misbah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While on a Mountain Top adventure the Aldens discover that an old native American woman lives in the woods at the base of the mountain. When they go visit her, she talks about treasure that belonged to her ancestors that is hidden in a cave of the mountain. The Aldens had been stranded on the mountain top when a rock had broken off and blocked the way down. The broken rock revealed a cave where the Aldens find the treasure and take it to the woman. Simultaneously, the woman also is introduced to While on a Mountain Top adventure the Aldens discover that an old native American woman lives in the woods at the base of the mountain. When they go visit her, she talks about treasure that belonged to her ancestors that is hidden in a cave of the mountain. The Aldens had been stranded on the mountain top when a rock had broken off and blocked the way down. The broken rock revealed a cave where the Aldens find the treasure and take it to the woman. Simultaneously, the woman also is introduced to her grand-nephew.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    This was one of several books I read with my granddaughters on an RV trip. It is quick, easy read. (It's written at a 3rd grade level.) Like all Boxcar Children books, it teaches a moral--that's good, but the story line just wasn't highly interesting. It just wasn't the caliber of other books in this series. The most interesting thing in the book is the description of how Native Americans made wampum. They took sea shells and rubbed them till they were round, pierced a hole, and added them to th This was one of several books I read with my granddaughters on an RV trip. It is quick, easy read. (It's written at a 3rd grade level.) Like all Boxcar Children books, it teaches a moral--that's good, but the story line just wasn't highly interesting. It just wasn't the caliber of other books in this series. The most interesting thing in the book is the description of how Native Americans made wampum. They took sea shells and rubbed them till they were round, pierced a hole, and added them to the group.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Nadzam

    As always, the bug and I enjoy reading these together, but none of them are as good as the first. There continues to be such genderized content that this time I wondered if I would continue to expose the little guy to them. I think the best plan for now is to just talk about it as, “WOW! That’s weird,” kind of conversation. I’m probably not ruining him, and if this is the thing I do that ruins him, I guess I’m happy that I ruined him with books and not something else?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria Soleil

    I wanted to try reading one of the “Boxcar Children” books. It wasn’t a page turner right from the beginning. The dialogue is choppy. It’s easy to read, so it’s fine for practice reading. But I personally wouldn’t recommend this specific book (I haven’t read any of the other books) if you’re looking for something interesting. P.S. The nice thing about these kind of books are that they can be bought for cheap at 2nd hand book sales.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Quite possibly my least favorite of the series so far. Cannot get past the outdated terms by which the Native Americans were referred to, nor how the Native American characters even thought of themselves. I get that this was written in a different era, but it still made me feel deeply uncomfortable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joseph McKnight

    The Boxcar children are at it again. How could a simple hike turn into an ordeal? I am thinking they grew up and went on a “3 hour boat ride” But I still have a clear favorite. The series is interesting enough to keep going, however I am very grateful the books are short. ​ Joseph McKnight http://www.josephmcknight.com The Boxcar children are at it again. How could a simple hike turn into an ordeal? I am thinking they grew up and went on a “3 hour boat ride” But I still have a clear favorite. The series is interesting enough to keep going, however I am very grateful the books are short. ​ Joseph McKnight http://www.josephmcknight.com

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Nessler

    This mystery involves American Indians. The children hike up a mountain get in to some trouble with rocks and a rock slide find new friends discover treasure and bring a family together. The Alden children are quite good at finding and solving a good mystery!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Rea

    The cover of this book always stuck in my mind as something amazing. The actual story, however? It's okay. Not the best of the Boxcar Children books, in my opinion. My son struggled to keep his attention on this one. The cover of this book always stuck in my mind as something amazing. The actual story, however? It's okay. Not the best of the Boxcar Children books, in my opinion. My son struggled to keep his attention on this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Faust

    This book seemed to be alluding to something that the grandfather knew but it never told us what. These books are simple for kids to read and have respectful characters, but are not super engaging for me as an adult to read, even as a read aloud.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Piper

    Other than the fact that you can’t just buy a bunch of woods because you’re rich … that was really good. I enjoyed meeting Lovan and David. And the story of the treasure on the cave in the mountain was far more logical than some of the stories. “So that was it - come again - no goodbyes.”

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashle Oaks

    This was not really a mystery as much as it was a treasure hunt. It was very stereotypical in the way the girls and Native Americans were written.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    This one didn't seem like much of a mystery to me. They had a mishap and had to figure out a way to get out of it. This one didn't seem like much of a mystery to me. They had a mishap and had to figure out a way to get out of it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Wow, white saviorism...? Why do we have to make a whole book about native Americans? I thought the books were past that

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    liked what happens in the story, easy little book to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Britt

    I love the adventures these kids have, and how they look after everyone and each other.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I love the Boxcar Children and how they solve mysteries. One of the older ones. Lots of interesting surprises in this one and happy ending.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lana Kamennof-sine

    yes it's a juvenile read but was pleased to find it one that incorporated in straightforward ways positive family relations, pro indigenous rights, etc. yes it's a juvenile read but was pleased to find it one that incorporated in straightforward ways positive family relations, pro indigenous rights, etc.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    A classic and well acclaimed series, recommended as a great series for young readers. The Boxcar Children invoke the enjoyment for mystery-solving and having a close relationship with family.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Houpt

    Why are all these kids so nosy? Can't they just mind their own business and not get into other peoples' life problems? Why are all these kids so nosy? Can't they just mind their own business and not get into other peoples' life problems?

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