The Secret of the MansionBook - 2003
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I’m re-reading the Trixie Belden series. This book begins the delightful series that I grew up with beginning at age 11. I remember running into a drugstore at that age, my mom telling me I could choose a book to read. I got Gatehouse Mystery, third in the series, fell in love with the Bob-Whites and finally completed collecting the series after I became an adult. What!!! I’m still a kid at heart and continue to get lost in each re-read. Actually, Trixie is older than I am. The Secret of the Mansion was first published in 1948. If Trixie was 13 at the time she would be … you do the math!
Anyway the story begins with Trixie working with her mom in the garden, bemoaning the fact that she has got to have a horse or she’ll just die. Her Moms offers her the opportunity to earn $5 a week towards getting her own horse. Moms goes on to tell her that their new neighbors have a girl her age. Well, the story progresses beautifully from there with Trixie meeting Honey, Trixie learning to ride a horse, Honey and Trixie beginning an instant friendship and of course getting involved with the secret of the mansion. They dub it the Miser’s Mansion. I love that everything moves along so naturally, things like conversations, character building, and introduction of other necessary characters and details. Campbell is a fun story teller. I think part of the success of this series is the inclusion of the adult world as it affects the younger generation as it should. I love the laid-back atmosphere of country life, fun kid things to do, yet they are taught to be responsible for their actions, which in turn builds on the work ethic.
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