The Secret of the Mansion

The Secret of the Mansion

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Thirteen-year-old Trixie Belden and her friends search for hidden treasure in a mysterious mansion owned by an old miser.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2003.
ISBN: 9780375824128
Characteristics: 263 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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My sister had 1-16. I read them all and then squandered my allowance for the rest of my childhood buying 17-34 as they came out. The first 6 were written by one author, then ghostwriters took over, making the series hit or miss, but mostly hits. (Confession time: I still have these and they are c... Read More »

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ehbooklover Jul 12, 2016

Ah, the memories. The cover has been updated since I read it as a child, but everything else was exactly the same. Loved this trip down Memory Lane with Trixie, Honey, and Jim.

Jun 21, 2016

This is a series of 39 books, only 10 of which are in the KCLS.

(Staff) Kyla Zerbes May 10, 2012

OMG!!! These were my favourite mysteries as a kid. I can remember buying at the drugstore and local stationary supply place b/c there were no bookstores in my small town. So much better than Nancy Drew.
Came to a realization the other day when explaining them was that they were like Blyton's Famous Five, Secret Seven etc but American.


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Aug 05, 2014

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Jun 14, 2014

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Jun 20, 2016

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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Jun 21, 2016

"Oh, Moms" Trixie moaned, running her hands through her short, sandy curls. "I'll just die if I don't have a horse."


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