The Garden Thief (Boxcar Children Mysteries #130) by Gertrude Chandler Warner

thegardenthiefGenre: Mystery/Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication Date: February 2012

Mr. Yee feels distraught because he cannot tend to his vegetable plot in the local community garden due to a broken arm. When he shows up at the Alden home, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny offer to help out. The four children are fascinated by all the new things they learn while helping their grandfather’s friend. In the process, they also walk into the middle of a mystery. Someone is driving an ATV through the gardens and a thief is stealing potentially prize-winning vegetables. The Alden children are determined to uncover who is behind these events.

The Garden Thief is a fun mystery filled with lots of wonderful lessons for young readers. They can learn anything from the importance of helping one’s neighbors to some of the things entailed in keeping a garden. Don’t be surprised if, after reading this book, your child asks you if he/she can thin your carrots or build trellises for the peas. This is definitely a book I would strongly recommend to young readers.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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