"Bobby," she cried,
"that loud noise scared Mr Pony! He's running away!"
She hurriedly climbed down from the tree.
Susie was tossing her head fretfully
and stomping her feet. Off to the left, Trixie could see Mr Pony
thrashing through the bushes.
Swinging into the saddle, Trixie
patted Susie, calming her. "It's all right, Susie," she
whispered soothingly. "You and I have to catch poor Mr Pony
before he hurts himself."
Bobby reached the ground with tears
streaming down his face. "Come back, Mr Pony," he
wailed. "Please don't run away!"
The little pony didn't get
far. Trixie spotted him cowering in a clump of heavy bushes,
trembling. His coat was dusty and full of burrs.
"It's okay, Mr Pony.
Don't be afraid," Trixie said. Gently, softly, she talked to
him and tried to calm his fears. SHe didn't try to touch him until
he had stopped shaking. Then, taking his reins, she led the Shetland
pony out of the thicket and back to the tree house.
Bobby threw his arms around Mr
Pony's shaggy neck. "Thank you, Trixie," he said, wiping
away his tears.
"We'd better go back now,
Bobby," Trixie said. "Everybody will be waiting for
The Mystery of the Phantom
Grasshopper (p. 37-38)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Phantom Grasshopper
The ghost writer of this book is Polly Curren.
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
2. Surprises on Sunday
3. Sam, Sam, the Medicine Man
4. The Mysterious Car
5. The Walk-a-thon Plan
6. That Car Again
7. Where Is Hoppy?
8. A Stranger in Town Hall
9. Bad News
10. Bob-Whites on the Air
11. Bobby Takes a Tumble
12. Trixie Finds a Clue
13. Miss Lawler and the Stranger
14. A Shocking Discovery
15. Surprising News
16. The Stranger Appears Again
17. Down in the Woods
18. A Squirrel Gives a Clue
Sleepyside, New York.
Trixie introduces the rest of the
Bob-Whites to a family tradition of saying hello to Hoppy, the grasshopper
weather vane that sits on top of town hall, for good luck. But the
tradition seems to bring bad luck to Hoppy, who disappears after a bad
storm. Trixie is keen to find Hoppy and use the reward money to have the
weather vane repaired, but a new comer finds it first and Trixie can't help
thinking it's suspicious. Meanwhile, Bobby has a secret that he shares
with Trixie and he plays an important part in helping her find the clues and
solve the mystery of the phantom grasshopper.
Jim Frayne - adopted son of the Wheeler's
Honey Wheeler - Trixie's best friend
Brian Belden - Trixie's eldest brother
Mart Belden - Trixie's "almost twin" brother
Diana Lynch - a Bob-White and neighbour
Dan Mangan - a Bob-White and Regan's nephew
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Peter Belden - Trixie's father
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Regan - the Wheeler's Groom
Sergeant Molinson - head of the Sleepyside Police Force
Mike - counterhand at Wimpy's
Mr Perkins - owner of WSTH radio station
Miss Craven - Trixie and Honey's social studies teacher
Miss Cecilia Lawler - teaching assistant and coin specialist
Sammy - Miss Lawler's friend, whom the Bob-Whites help get a job
Mr Johnson - the town hall custodian
Mr Gibbins - Sammy's parole officer from New York
Sammy and an accomplice steal Hoppy and collect the reward money, but also
steal the valuable coin collection that is under Miss Lawler's care.
Points of Interest:
Brian and Jim are both seventeen (p. 14)
Hoppy is over 200 years old.
Mart is hungry and says "We need plenty of
time to eat at Wimpy's first," he added. "I'm positively
bulimic" (p. 15) Both Mart and the author get their terminology
wrong! Mart is fifteen years old (p. 19).
The book is set in October (p. 21) and Dan and Mart
make remarks after they come out of the movie about a giant gorilla and climbing
up the side of the town hall (p. 22). Could they have gone to see the
remake of King Kong? The movie came out in 1976, likely to be the same time
the author was writing the book.
Bobby learned to ride a small shetland pony named
Mr Pony that Regan was training for a friend of Mr Wheeler's (p. 31).
Regan had also built Bobby a secret tree house to
store his various 'collections' near the end of Louis Rd, a dead road (p.33)