This is the first Boxcar Children book I have read in years, and I have to say I wasn't impressed. The Alden kids and their grandfather go to visit some friends in Oregon. One of their friends works on the search and rescue team, and tells the kids that their dog, Watch, has some of the necessary skills to be a search and rescue dog. While training Watch, he discovers a backpack of jewelry in the woods. The backpack was supposed to have been taken on a plane and delivered to the customer of a local jeweler, but apparently it fell out of the plane. When the jeweler goes through the backpack, she discovers that the most valuable piece of jewelry is gone and blames the pilot. The Alden kids set out to find out the truth--hoping to prove the pilot's innocence.
Okay, here are two reasons I wasn't impressed:
1.The kids were allowed to walk around the town without an adult as well as go places with strangers.
2. I found the story line very predictable. I honestly think that 60 pages would have been sufficient for the kids to solve the mystery rather than 128 pages.
I feel like there are better books out there that would be more enjoyable for kids. I normally enjoy reading children's mysteries, but I did not care for this one.
*I received an electronic copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*