The Candy Factory Mystery (Boxcar Children Mystery & Activities Specials #18)
Gertrude Chandler Warner
When Grandfather's friend Mrs. Winkles needs some extra workers at her candy factory, the Boxcar Children are thrilled to help. What could be more fun than spending their days making candy? But working in the factory isn't as sweet as they expected.
“See? She went out without closing that door.” Benny scooted over so the inspector wouldn’t see the open door. In a few minutes, Meg and the inspector rejoined the Aldens. As everyone walked back to the candy kitchen, the inspector finally put his pen away. “I’ll be making my report in a few days. I’ll come back for another visit so you have a chance to fix some of the problems that came up today.” As he was about to leave, the inspector froze dead in the doorway. “What is that cat doing in
we’re afraid of,” Jessie whispered to Henry. She looked up at the men. “Could we at least get them out of the sun? We’ll move them for you if that’s okay.” “You kids are from Winkles?” one of the men said, looking over the Aldens. “Well, check with the boss. He’s inside. If he says it’s okay, then it’s okay.” The children climbed the steps to the loading platform. As soon as Henry pushed the door that led inside, the children all sniffed the air at the same time. “Chocolate!” Soo Lee said. “It
candy — with Mr. Boxer.” The children headed to the loading dock. “Hi,” Jessie said to the two workmen. “Would you give Mr. Boxer a message that we’ll be back in a couple of days?” “Okay,” one of the men said. Henry was confused. “Why did you tell them when we’re coming? Wouldn’t it be better to just show up and surprise them?” A smile spread across Jessie’s face. “We’re not going to come by in a couple of days — we’ll come back tomorrow morning. Mr. Boxer won’t have a chance to hide
if she can go there to have him show us how the candy gets shipped out.” As the children walked closer to Mrs. Winkles’s office, they heard angry voices. “We’d better wait a bit,” Jessie whispered. “Sounds as if Meg and Tom are having another one of their disagreements. I don’t want to get caught in the middle.” “If you gave me the right directions in the first place, Tom,” Meg was saying, “I wouldn’t have put vanilla in the chocolate batch too early. You never said to add it at the end. I
done, they wanted to share their candy with Tom. “Go on, now,” Tom said. “I’ve got everything under control.” Henry took the candy bin outside. He set it down on the steps where the children could sit and have their sweets. “What happened with Tom in there? One minute he was all friendly,” Henry said. “Then he acted as if he wanted us to go away.” “I know,” Jessie said, not a bit hungry for chocolate anymore. “It seemed to have something to do with whatever Meg said. I was confused.”