The Mystery at the Crooked House (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #79)

By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens examine that their housekeeper has to promote her early life domestic, the Crooked condominium, simply because she can't find the money for to maintain it. The Aldens study that there's a riddle surrounding the home, and if the can remedy it, there can be a treasure to be discovered!

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Only once, the iciness after her final visit,” stated Mrs. McGregor. “I got a brief be aware within the mail from the secret girl. A notice with a riddle and a promise that the reply might bring about a hidden treasure! ” Benny used to be jiggling up and down. “What used to be it, Mrs. McGregor? What used to be the riddle? ” Smiling on the youngest Alden’s enthusiasm, Mrs. McGregor went over to a cabinet with glass doorways. She took out a battered previous shoe field and got here again to her chair by means of the fireplace. Lifting the lid of the field, she fished out a folded piece of paper, yellowed with age. because the Aldens leaned ahead to seize each observe, Mrs. McGregor spread out the notice and browse the riddle aloud. “‘What is the object that You by no means want worry even though the teeth like a dragon It grows each year? You’ll locate that its bark is far worse than its chew, even though its dragonly enamel Are a so much frightening sight! ’” “Teeth like a dragon? ” echoed Benny in amazement. Mrs. McGregor nodded. “There’s additionally a P. S. on the backside of the notice. It says, ‘It will take a moment to discover a hidden treasure. ’ after which it’s signed ‘The secret girl’ ” After listening to the riddle yet one more time, Henry acknowledged, “That’s a tricky one! ” “Yes, certainly! ” agreed Mrs. McGregor. “And it definitely didn’t take me a moment to discover the hidden treasure! My goodness, i have to have spent hours and hours attempting to determine it out. eventually, I searched the home from most sensible to backside. i used to be hoping I simply may well encounter the treasure that method. ” Benny appeared wondered. “I ask yourself what grows dragon the teeth each year. ” “Something that won’t do any damage! ” Violet reminded her more youthful brother. “That’s correct. ” Henry nodded. “The riddle says its bark is worse than its chunk. ” Benny shoved the previous couple of crumbs of cake into his mouth. “That’s similar to our puppy, Watch! His bark is worse than his chunk. ” “That’s simply because Watch doesn’t chew in any respect! ” acknowledged Jessie, and everybody laughed. Mrs. McGregor folded the observe back. “I imagine teamwork is required to reply to this riddle and discover the treasure. If a person can do it, the Aldens can! ” “But Mrs. McGregor,” Benny stated doubtfully, “are you definite there's a treasure? ” “Oh, sure! ” declared Mrs. McGregor. “I’m rather definite of it! ” Benny nonetheless regarded apprehensive. “But ... what if it’s only a coin or an previous toy? ” Mrs. McGregor stared into the hearth back. “I’ve continuously had a sense the treasure had nice value to the secret woman. yet even an extraordinary coin or an outdated toy will be certain to me since it got here from the secret girl. whilst the Crooked home is offered, I’ll continuously ask yourself what she left at the back of. ” “I recognize what you mean,” Jessie acknowledged thoughtfully. “We’ll try out very tough to discover the treasure, Mrs. McGregor. no matter what it's! ” “We promise to do our greatest! ” further Violet. Mrs. McGregor smiled. “No you can still ask greater than that! ” Jessie considered whatever. “Mrs. McGregor, do you brain if I keep a copy of the riddle? That means we will be able to take a short examine it every time we need, and the notice should be tucked accurately away. ” “Good considering! ” stated Henry, and Violet nodded. they can constantly expect Jessie to be geared up.

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