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The red trailer mystery
Campbell, Julie, 1908-1999.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Trixie Belden and the red trailer mystery
First Random House edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2003]

Physical Description:
262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
While traveling by trailer in upstate New York to find a runaway, Trixie Belden and Honey Wheeler investigate a case of mysterious trailer thefts.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 8.0 74990.

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X Juvenile Fiction Series
X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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Trixie and Honey's friend Jim has run away from Sleepyside--before anyone could tell him that he is the only heir to the huge Frayne fortune. The girls set out across upstate New York in a trailer to track him down . . . and stumble onto another mystery along the way!

Author Notes

Julie Campbell was born on June 1, 1908 in Flushing, NY. At the age of eight, she won her first short story contest. After high school, she worked as the assistant society editor of the New York Evening Post. Eventually she was the head of her own literary agency.

Under her maiden name, Julie Campbell, she wrote the first six boooks in the Trixie Belden series and all the titles in the Ginny Gordon series. Under her married name, Julie Tatham, she wrote some of the titles in the Cherry Ames and Vicki Barr series.

Campbell died on July 7, 1999.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In another vein entirely, escapism 1940s-style is the allure of Trixie Belden #1: The Secret of the Mansion and Trixie Belden (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Originally published more than a half century ago (Random House), this second book in the Trixie Belden series shows its age, but that probably won't deter a new generation of fans. Trixie and her friend, poor-little-rich-girl Honey must track down Jim Frayne (from the first book), who has unknowingly inherited half a million dollars. This should free him from his abusive step-father. Honey also hopes Jim will become her new adopted brother. Along the way, however, they uncover other mysteries. Who is the family driving the red trailer? Why do they behave so strangely? Who is stealing and stripping trailers? What happened to the 11-year-old girl who ran away? Who stole the jewelry at the farm? Never fear-Trixie and Honey will solve it all, but not without putting themselves in deadly peril! Overheard conversations, suspicious barns, and a glint of metal in the distance all lead to a satisfying conclusion. Read by Ariadne Meyers, who creates different voices for each character, the story skips along at a brisk pace, taking young listeners back to the days of jerseys and dungarees. Realistic? Of course not. Parents will be appalled by the lack of supervision involved. Still, this is a fun mystery series with slightly younger characters than Nancy Drew that will still appeal to that same basic audience.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Sure enough, it was already sprinkling when the girls returned their horses to the riding academy, and they had to run all the way to the Swan to keep from getting soaked. The rain kept up a steady drumming on the roof of the trailer all day, and the girls were forced to play indoor games and read, but it was hard to control their impatience. At last Trixie said restlessly, "I can't stand being cooped up here any longer. Let's dash over to the restaurant and play some Ping-Pong before dinner." "All right," Miss Trask agreed. "I'll take a nap, but wear your slickers and rubbers. If either of you should catch cold it would ruin the trip." "We won't," Honey assured her. "And please don't let the dogs follow us. They've already brought in so much mud Trixie and I'll have to spend most of the morning scrubbing the place." They raced around the park in their oilskin capes and hoods and sloshed up the steps to the cafeteria veranda. Everybody in Autoville seemed to have gathered inside and out of the clubhouse, and people were waiting in line for the use of the Ping-Pong table. "Oh dear," Trixie complained. "There's nothing to do here either. I wish we could fall asleep and not wake up until it's time to start looking for Jim tomorrow morning." Honey was examining a magazine at the newsstand. "This quiz test looks like fun," she said. "Let's find out how smart we are." She bought two copies of the magazine and Trixie followed her to a quiet corner of the library. "Ready, get set, go," Honey said. "The one who gets through first and has the most right answers is the smartest." Trixie scribbled a few answers in the blank spaces after the questions in the test, but in a short while her thoughts began to wander. "I always get sleepy on rainy days," she yawned, bored. "Wish I'd stayed back at the Swan with Miss Trask and taken a nap." "I'm sleepy too," Honey admitted. "Let's doze right here in these comfortable chairs. We can finish the quiz later." It seemed to Trixie that she had hardly closed her eyes when she was awakened by the sound of whispering on the other side of the thin beaver-board wall that separated the library from one of the back rooms in the cafeteria. "-abandoned barn," someone was saying, "on that truck farm. Perfectly safe. Hasn't been used in years. Doubt if the farmer even remembers it's there." "You're taking an awful chance," came a whining whisper. "We were better off where we were." Trixie sat up. That voice, she felt sure, belonged to Jeff! "Don't be stupid," the other voice said hoarsely. "Those kids rode into the clearing after we passed them on the highway. If they saw that net and guessed-" "Those dumb kids!" Jeff snorted. "They wouldn't suspect anything even if they did happen to notice the net. What do you think they are, state troopers?" "I'm taking no chances," the other man insisted. "They didn't look dumb to me and you could tell by the way they were riding along, watching the side of the road, they were looking for something." "Oh, all right," Jeff gave in. "But it beats me how you're going to get to that barn without being seen by the farmer who owns it. That van's not exactly small, in case you haven't noticed." "I keep telling you," the other man whispered impatiently. "Through the back fields. There's an old road leading from the orchard to the barn." "And fine shape it'll be in after this rain," Jeff argued. "We're sure to get stuck in the mud tonight; but have it your own way. I'll play along, but it sure gets my goat that a couple of clumsy girls can make us change our plans." The two men moved away from the wall, and in a few seconds Trixie saw the silhouette of a bushy-haired man move furtively past the library window. She hurried to the veranda, straining her eyes to get a better glimpse of him. He turned as though he might have heard her tiptoeing after him, and she crouched down hastily behind a bench. Peeking through the slats in the back of the bench, Trixie held her breath as the man took a few steps in her direction. Then, jamming a battered hat down over his thick, unruly hair, he wheeled and vaulted over the porch railing to disappear in the shadows of the bushes. Excerpted from The Red Trailer Mystery by Julie Campbell All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

1. A Search Beginsp. 5
2. Sobs in the Nightp. 26
3. A Rescuep. 34
4. An Awkward Momentp. 47
5. On Jim's Trailp. 60
6. An Eavesdropperp. 74
7. Wilson Ranchp. 89
8. The Black Sentinelp. 103
9. An Early Morning Callp. 119
10. The Lookoutp. 136
11. A Locket and a Barnp. 150
12. A Fateful Sneezep. 165
13. A Dire Threatp. 180
14. Hair Ribbons and Pigtailsp. 193
15. A Moonlight Searchp. 207
16. A Surprising Slidep. 220
17. Mrs. Smith Takes Overp. 235
18. Jim's Decisionp. 250