By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Aldens examine that their housekeeper has to promote her formative years domestic, the Crooked condominium, simply because she can't have the funds for to maintain it. The Aldens examine that there's a riddle surrounding the home, and if the can remedy it, there should be a treasure to be discovered!

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Good, she wasn’t precisely chuffed approximately us trying to find the treasure,” Henry defined. Jessie thought of that. “She simply doesn’t wish us to get our hopes up. Don’t put out of your mind, Madeline doesn’t even think there's a treasure. ” “Maybe she wishes us to imagine there isn’t a treasure,” argued Henry. “Maybe she’s afraid the treasure should be worthy sufficient to avoid wasting the Crooked condo. ” Violet appeared harassed. “I don’t comprehend. Madeline desires to keep the Crooked condominium. Doesn’t she? ” Henry shrugged. “Maybe now not. Mrs. McGregor instructed us that Madeline desired to promote the home years in the past. ” Violet nodded, having a look much less questioned. “She desired to perform a little touring. Do you're thinking that that’s what she nonetheless wishes? Is that what you suggest, Henry? ” Henry nodded. “She may need taken the observe with no understanding that Jessie had made a duplicate of it. ” Benny’s eyes grew broad. “This is getting increasingly more mysterious! ” he whispered. bankruptcy nine companions in Crime “Maybe Mrs. McGregor determined to place the notice someplace else,” recommended Violet. “You understand, for safekeeping. we will be able to ask whilst she will get domestic. ” Henry agreed. “I bet we shouldn’t suspect humans till we’re sure it was once truly stolen. ” “And irrespective of what,” declared Benny, “I’m not likely to go to sleep by means of the hearth this night! ” This used to be instantly by means of an important yawn. Violet smiled at her more youthful brother. “I have an idea. Why don’t all of us pass open air and grasp the cranberry and popcorn strings for the birds? The clean air will preserve us conscious! ” Benny didn’t have to be coaxed. They quick bundled up and went outdoors. “What’s the problem, Benny? ” requested Jessie, while she heard her more youthful brother’s sigh. Benny used to be status in the midst of front backyard along with his fingers on his hips. “Our crooked snowman seems lonely out right here in the dead of night. ” “I comprehend simply the object! ” responded Violet. and she or he proceeded to tie a string of cranberries round the neck of the snowman. Benny grinned. “Now he seems like he doesn’t have a care on this planet! ” “Our snowman doesn’t have a care within the world,” agreed Henry. “He is familiar with it won’t be lengthy ahead of the birds arrive. Then he’ll have plenty of corporation. ” They have been busy looping a string of popcorn round a fir tree while a vehicle pulled into Madeline’s driveway. “I wager that’s Mrs. McGregor! ” Benny stepped out from the shadows. Then he fast jumped again back, shaking his head. “It’s Nola Rawlings. ” Madeline’s houseguest used to be so unfriendly, the Aldens most well liked to maintain out of her means. They have been stunned while Nola obtained out of her motor vehicle and headed immediately for the Spencers’ condo with out noticing the youngsters within the shadows in the back of the fir tree. “What’s she doing? ” Benny whispered. Violet shrugged. “I don’t understand. ” They watched as Nola knocked at the door. the kids didn’t suggest to eavesdrop, yet they have been status very with regards to the Spencers’ condominium. They couldn’t aid overhearing bits and items of the dialog. Nick appeared stunned whilst he opened the door. “What are you doing right here? ” Nola didn’t resolution at once. She was once too busy glancing nervously over her shoulder.

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