The Black Widow Spider Mystery (Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials #21) (Boxcar Children Special)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
Someone is building a large, fancy house down the street from the Aldens'--a house shielded by a tall stone wall. The only way to approach the house is through an iron gate decorated with huge black widow spiders!
like to build their nests in places like that tall grass,” Mrs. Blackwell said. “What were you doing back there anyway?” The children looked at each other, unsure what to say. “We were just exploring,” Henry said at last. “How do you know so much about spiders?” asked Benny. “I’ve always been fascinated by spiders, ever since I was young,” Mrs. Blackwell said. She looked off into the distance, a soft smile on her face as she remembered. “I used to go out in the yard to look for them.” “Neat!”
identified by its inky black coloring and the red hourglass marking on the female’s underside.’” “Red hourglass marking!” cried Violet. “Just like on the boxes!” “Yes,” said Henry. “I knew that red symbol reminded me of something.” “What does widow mean?” asked Benny. “A widow is a woman whose husband has died,” Henry explained. “It says here the black widow spider has that name because the female is much larger and sometimes eats the male.” “Really?” said Benny. “That’s not very nice.”
said Mrs. Blackwell. “I was just taking these out of the oven when you arrived.” “So that’s why you walked away so quickly,” said Henry. “I didn’t want them to burn,” Mrs. Blackwell said. Everyone took a cupcake. “I’m glad all of the mysteries have been explained,” said Violet. “I’m not,” said Benny. “No?” asked Mrs. Blackwell. “No,” said Benny. “I would have been much happier if you’d been a spy.” The next night, when the Aldens set the table for dinner, they added two extra places
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Blackwells are spies,” said Benny. “And now someone’s spying on them!” “I can’t help wondering if that man has anything to do with what Mrs. Blackwell said on the phone,” said Jessie. “Could he be the one Mrs. Blackwell is tracking?” “We don’t know for sure that Mrs. Blackwell is tracking someone,” Violet pointed out. “Violet is right,” Grandfather agreed. “Mrs. Blackwell’s phone call does sound surprising, but I’m sure there’s a simple explanation.” “Really?” Benny asked. “Like what?”