By Gertrude Chandler Warner
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to reside by myself in a boxcar. Now they've got a house with their grandfather, and they're solving up the previous Bugbee condominium, a spooky mansion of their local! The Aldens are supporting the guts and fingers team fix an outdated property. the home is bursting with collections of its mysterious and whimsical former proprietor. but if the contents of the home are auctioned off, the Aldens detect that a lot of the gathering is lacking! And that's no longer the one secret looking ahead to the Aldens during this unusual mansion. because the little ones discover, they arrive throughout hidden rooms, mystery passageways, and unusual noises coming from the partitions. The Aldens are made up our minds to benefit the key of the Bugbee condominium . . . yet are they the one ones?
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What? ” “My grandmother was once Mr. Bugbee’s sister,” Nan blurted out. “Unfortunately, Grandma died sooner than she may transparent my great-uncle’s identify. My dad acknowledged Grandma continuously desired to placed an finish to the entire rumors that her brother left city with no paying his tax money owed. firstly she believed the rumors, too. They stopped chatting with one another after that. Our households by no means met back. ” “Until now,” Mabel mentioned. “You are moment cousins, and also you didn’t even comprehend it. What I don’t comprehend is why you got here right here, Nan. simply interest? ” “More than curiosity,” Nan started. “My father instructed me that when the hearth within the Greenfield city corridor, the tax files have been misplaced. He acknowledged there have been most likely previous files in the home that may turn out Mr. Bugbee was once loose and away from debt while he left Greenfield. I’ve been following information approximately this condominium for your time. That’s how i discovered out that you just wanted volunteers for condo and arms. I signed as much as paintings on it—and go searching for evidence that my great-uncle paid all his accounts. That’s why I known as the tv station here—and to aid us bring up funds, too. ” by way of this time Grandfather Alden had joined each person within the attic playroom, too. “Is that why you desired to glance through my certain copies of previous Greenfield newspapers in my den? I’m sorry to claim that Mr. Bugbee’s identify by no means was once cleared so far as somebody is familiar with. It didn’t support that he saved to himself—then simply up and left along with his family members like he had whatever to feel embarrassment about. ” That’s while Nan progressed to teach Mr. Alden a few papers in her laptop. “Here’s what I got here to find,” Nan stated. “I stumbled on those paid tax receipts in an previous cardboard field. I’m sorry I didn’t get a lot paintings performed, Mabel. at any time when i'll take a couple of minutes clear of engaged on the home, I went looking for something that might turn out my great-uncle wasn’t a few form of thief. ” “There, there,” Mabel stated. “Your paintings was once vital, too—clearing the Bugbee identify. Thank goodness for the Aldens and the remainder of the volunteers. They pitched in that will help you and Brian and the Gardiners. and so they led us to these kind of treasures. let alone all their exertions. ” “It’s alright to point out it,” Benny stated. each person within the playroom chuckled. Mabel regarded round the room. “I ask yourself what Louella and George will ponder all this. the place are the Gardiners, besides? ” yet there has been no solution. The Gardiners had disappeared. bankruptcy 10 No get away The reporter stood off within the nook of the playroom and appeared a bit stressed. “I bet we've our tale, Nan. I’ll run a bit piece approximately your great-uncle and approximately condominium and palms solving up the Bugaboo residence. ” “Please don’t name it that,” Nan protested. “My great-uncle used to be a section atypical yet now not frightening. He made this complete position right into a playhouse for his relatives. He designed it with every kind of hallways, mystery closets, doorways that don’t pass wherever, home windows that open to different rooms rather than outdoor. however it wasn’t a frightening apartment. ” “Fine,” the reporter acknowledged. “Well, express us round. i guess we will be able to get a few photographs of the house’s oddities.