Mystery at the Alamo by Gertrude Chandler Warren

The Boxcar Children are visiting San Antonio with their grandfather when they are asked to be extras on a film being made to teach schoolchildren about the Alamo. They soon discover something sinister is happening on the movie set. Little accidents and problems cause the schedule to get behind and the star of the show might get fired. When Angelina Dickinson’s priceless ring goes missing, it’s up to Henry, Violet, Jessie, and Benny to solve the mystery and find out just who is causing all the trouble.

The Mystery at the Alamo is a short and simple book. Some things are correct, such as the fact that there’s a wax museum right across from the Alamo, but there is a glaring error about the ring. According to the book, little Angelina Dickinson was given the ring by her father. This is not correct. The ring actually belonged to William Barret Travis and he gave it to Angelina. This is such a well-known story that it seems odd that the book would get it completely wrong. The descriptions of the film seemed weird since it somehow mixed grown-up Angelina Dickinson and Davy Crockett, something that is not at all possible. Also, when the ring went missing every single person involved suddenly seemed to get amnesia about what had happened minutes earlier. It was obvious who took it (though why was a slight surprise), but because everyone “forgot” he had taken the ring and walked away from everyone else, the wrap-up was delayed and the normally sharp characters looked a little dumb for a while. Young children may like the book, but even my son (8 when he read it) thought the ending was weird and not believable.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 61
Pages Read in 2015: 16,882
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