This is the second book of the Boxcar Children Re-Boot. I reviewed book one: Journey on a Runaway Train and gave it a thumbs up. This second volume doesn’t disappoint. The story picks up right when the kids are on the plane traveling to Egypt to help the Reddimus Society. They are supposed to meet an agent that doesn’t show up and this second adventure takes them to Cairo, Nairobi, Stonehenge, and Rome. The kid’s personalities are very much in character with the older books, and you get to meet a bunch of side characters (good and bad) that help or hinder them as they solve the puzzles. I think these are going to be excellent stepping stone books for newly emergent readers. They have a plot that’s not evident, and that is a real plus for kids who had heard hundreds of books read aloud before they were ready to read independently. I remember Magic Tree House books being a real let down in that regard. Homeschoolers could definitely build a primary grade level unit study on the places the Alden children travel to. Declan is in fifth grade and since he has read almost all the previous Boxcar Children books he read this one and also gives it a thumbs up.
Paperback – April 1, 2017