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Trixie Belden #01: The Secret of the Mansion

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Ten minutes later, Trixie and Bobby began the long climb up the Manor House driveway with Reddy racing ahead of them. At the turn in the road, a fat little cocker spaniel rushed down to meet them. Right behind the puppy was a tall thin girl whose pale face was framed in shoulder-length, light-brown hair. She cringed as Reddy, disdainfully ignoring the black puppy, raced around her in circles, barking furiously.

“Dont pay any attention to him,” Trixie cried quickly, seeing that her new neighbor was really frightened. “Hes just showing off. He wouldnt hurt a fly. Im Trixie Belden,” she went on hurriedly. “My kid brother and I live in the hollow in that little white frame house-Crabapple Farm, you know.”

The girl stared solemnly from Trixie to Bobby and back again. “How do you do?” she said, holding out her slender hand. “My name is Honey-Honey Wheeler.”

Trixie shook hands, feeling rather foolish at such a display of formality. Oh, my, she thought, almost sick with disappointment, shes stuck-up. Who would go around in a white linen dress and stockings and sandals unless theres a party? Aloud she asked, without much hope, “Do you ride horseback?”

Honey smiled, then. “Oh, yes,” she said. “Do you?”

Trixie shook her head ruefully. “No, but I want to learn like anything. The only thing I have to ride is a babyish old bike. But Im earning the money now to buy a horse just as soon as I can.”

“A bike?” Honeys smile widened, and Trixie had to admit that the girl was really pretty in a pale sort of way. “I wish I had a bike,” she said wistfully. “Mother wouldnt let me have one in the city because of traffic, and the rest of the time I was at boarding school and camp where theyre not allowed.” Timidly she moved a step nearer to Trixie. “Ill teach you how to ride horseback,” she offered. “Then perhaps you would show me how to ride a bike.”

Trixie could hardly believe her ears. “Thats great,” she gasped. “Lets start right away. I mean the horseback part. I can teach you how to ride a bike any time.” She turned impatiently to Bobby, who was joyously cuddling the cocker spaniel puppy. “You go home now, Bobby, and play in the sandpile.”

Bobby ignored her and grinned up at Honey. “Are you rich?” he demanded. “Hey! Whats it like to be rich?”

Trixie felt her cheeks flame hotly, but Honey merely smiled and said, “Its not nice at all, Bobby. I cant remember when I didnt want to be like other people.” She turned shyly toward Trixie and added, “When I was little, my nurses never let me play in the dirt the way Bobby is now, and I was never allowed to go any place by myself for fear of being kidnaped.” She stopped suddenly as her enormous hazel eyes filled with tears. “I hardly ever saw my father and mother until I got sick. And now theyve bought this big old place just for me. But what good is it? What good is anything if youre never allowed to have any fun?”

Trixie could never bear to see anyone unhappy. “Gee,” she said, putting her arm sympathetically around Honeys thin shoulders. “I never thought about it like that. I always thought it would be wonderful to have a lot of money.” She stopped as the word money gave her an idea. “I tell you what lets do.” She whirled Honey around and pointed across the woods to Ten Acres, which she called Misers Mansion in her own mind. “See that big old gray and yellow house on the opposite hill?”

Honey nodded and dabbed at her eyes with a dainty handkerchief.

“Well,” Trixie went on excitedly, “a crazy old man lives there all alone. Dad took him to the hospital this morning, so this is a swell time to explore. Ive always wanted to see what the inside of the house was like.”

“Trixie Belden!” Honey gasped in a shocked voice. “You wouldnt really break into somebodys house!”

“Of course not.” Trixie grinned. “Old Mr. Frayne would probably have me thrown in jail if I did such a thing. But theres no reason why we couldnt peek in through a window. You know what they say in the village?” she demanded. “They say theres a half million dollars hidden there. Lets go!”

“I wouldnt go near that creepy old place,” Honey said firmly. “And I dont believe theres any money hidden there. Why, the house is practically falling to pieces, and it hasnt been painted in ages.”

“How do you know all that?” Trixie demanded impatiently. “You cant see it that clearly from here.”

“I was there early this morning,” Honey explained. “Daddy and I were out riding, and we went up that old driveway thinking it was a road to the woods. We didnt realize that it led to the Mansion until we were halfway up. Then, of course, we knew we were trespassing, so we turned around. It looked like a deserted house to me, and I was glad to get away from there. Nobody would want to live in such a horrible, run-down place.”

Trixie bent down and fumbled with her shoelace to hide the disappointment on her face. Shes worse that I thought she was at first, she thought. A silly old fraidy cat. Aloud she said coldly, “Of course, a lot of people think old Mr. Frayne went crazy after his wife died, and he lost all his money. Thats why the place is run-down. Anyway, Im going to look around there while Mr. Fraynes in the hospital. You dont have to if you dont want to.”

“Are you sure hes in the hospital?” Honey asked, suddenly.

Trixie straightened up. “Of course. Dad took him in early this morning. Hes not expected to live.”

“Thats funny,” Honey said slowly. “We were there about an hour ago. As we rode down the hill, I got the creepy feeling you get when you know somebody you cant see is watching you. I looked back over my shoulder quickly, and I saw a face at one of the windows.” She shivered slightly. “Ill bet that house is haunted!”

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375824128
Author:
Stevens, Mary
Author:
Koelsch, Michael
Illustrator:
Stevens, Mary
Author:
Stevens, Mary
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Mystery and detective stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Buried treasure
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
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Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Trixie Belden
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.70x5.54x.90 in. .90 lbs.
Age Level:
03-UP

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Product details 272 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375824128 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Originally published from 1948 to 1986, this mystery series starring teenager Trixie Belden is back. In this first installment, Trixie and her best friend, Honey Wheeler, notice something peculiar at the old Frayne mansion and discover a boy sleeping in the abandoned house.
"Synopsis" by , Trixies summer is going to be sooo boring with her two older brothers away at camp. But then a millionaires daughter moves into the next-door mansion, an old miser hides a fortune in his decrepit house, and a runaway kid starts hiding out in Sleepyside!
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