The Garden Thief by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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

Grandfather’s friend, Mr. Yee, shows up at the Alden home with a broken arm. He feels distraught because he cannot tend to his vegetable plot in the local community garden with one arm in a cast. Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny immediately volunteer to help him out. The four children find themselves walking into the middle of yet another mystery as they discover that someone is driving an ATV through the gardens, ruining the plants and a thief is stealing potentially prize-winning vegetables. Determined to help their friend and everyone at the community garden, the Alden children set out to unravel the mystery.

The Garden Thief is a fun mystery packed with valuable lessons for young readers from the importance of helping one’s neighbors to learning about a garden. Through the Alden children readers learn in an entertaining and natural way what it means to maintain a garden. I love how the Boxcar Children books always offer a good dose of both fun and values. While reading this story, I learned fun tidbits like the origin of the phrase “cool as a cucumber.” I wholeheartedly recommend this book to young readers.

Book provided by the publisher. Thank You!

**Originally posted on Radiant Lit.

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