Chad and Ellie discover they are not alone in their search for a silver box with unknown contents, placed in the hollow of an oak tree sixty years earlier. ...
|Title||:||Mystery in the Pirate Oak|
|Number of Pages||:||114 Pages|
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Mystery in the Pirate Oak Reviews
I always appreciate writers who gave their stories to us a long time ago and don’t judge social differences. A story is current when it is published, after all. I forgive the bizarre dialogue of "Mystery In The Pirate Oak" not just because Helen Fuller Orton wrote it in 1949. She was elderly and died just six years later. Perhaps Chad and Ellie’s expressions aren't so strange, considering their author was born in 1872! The history of postage stamps that she talks about, had just begun!I learned a lot, am fond of the neighbour Grandma Hale, and the children's mother earning their living alone. There’s an excellent plot: a lady returns to her childhood house, to find a silver box she left in an oak tree. My review is regretfully low, because the details didn’t come together in a way that made sense. I will minimize direct discussion of plots as I explain. My Dad has a variety of childhood pictures although I imagine they were more scarce in the 1940s. But if you only had one picture of your brother and he passed away; wouldn't you go and get it as soon as possible? Perhaps write a letter to neighbours?At the end, Grandma Hale remarks she's never seen an ocean. However we're told it is only 5 miles away. Surely there was occasion to see it, even a detour when her Grandson brought her back. The largest detail is that Chad and Ellie are pessimistic about the silver box, declaring it probably isn't there after sixty years. Any kid would jump for joy to go on a search but they are nonchalant, until they are banned from the tree. If this were re-written a bit, it would be a lot of fun in any day and age.
I'm reading this blast from the past to my daughter, and it's such a hoot. It is SO different from the Junie B. and Babysitter's Club series that are popular now. The two main characters in this book apparently wake up every morning and do their chores, eat breakfast with their mother and then go help the elderly woman across the street by mowing her lawn or bringing her mail. She then gives them milk and cookies while they happily listen to stories of her youth.On summer afternoons he and his sister sit companionably on the porch while he looks over his stamp collection and she sews stylish clothes for her dolls. Or else they play chinese checkers in their tree house. Tonight I was amused when the book took an opportunity to specifically point out the boy is a Boy Scout, and how he applied his first aid knowledge.Was life ever really like this, or is the depiction as fictional as the plot? Do we set ourselves up for disappointment if we dream of living this kind of blissful existence? Regardless, it's a fun story and my daughter is just as anxious to solve the mystery as I was when I read it as a child.
Helen Fuller Orton is the firsts author I can remember following. I remember where they were shelved at The Frank Lloyd Wright library in Lawrence School in Springfield, IL. At the time I had no idea about Frank Lloyd Wright. I was in third grade. I read every one of her books and learned to love mysteries.
I think I read every one of Helen Fuller Orton's mysteries when I was in elementary school, and long before I ever encountered Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. These books were instrumental in developing my love of mysteries!
Dated now, but loved it as a kid.
I thought that it was a great mystery.
I read this when I was young. I think it might have been the first mystery I ever read. I loved it!
When I was a kid, I couldn't put this series down!
Charming children's mystery. Loved the cover illustration.