"But I'm not happy," Di
announced. "I didn't get invited to the spring
dance. I even wrote to Miss Lonelyheart about it"
"Jeepers!" he exclaimed. "So you did! Consider
yourself invited now. By me!"
Brian grinned at Honey.
"How about it?" he said. "Will you be my date on
Jim smiled as his sister nodded
shyly. "In that case, Dan," he said slowly, "that
leaves only one female between the two of us."
Dan chuckled. "But I'm
already booked," he said. "I'm taking Ruthie Kettner.
I guess you're going to have to take Trixie yourself."
Jim smiled and leaned toward
her. "What do you say, Trix? Will you come to the school
dance with me?" His tone was light, but everyone could see that
his eyes watched her closely.
Trixie's face flushed scarlet as she
answered happily, "I'll be glad to go with you, Jim - unless another
mystery comes along that I have to solve first."
The other Bob-Whites groaned in
"Please - no more
mysteries!" moaned Mart.
"At least, not until after the
spring dance," added Jim. He smiled at Trixie, and she smiled
back, her eyes shining. There would be more mysteries, she knew, but
for now, the spring dance was enough to look forward to.
The Mystery of the Midnight
Marauder (p. 210-211)
Trixie Belden and the Mystery of the Midnight Marauder
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Joan
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Odd Behavior
2. Worries for Trixie
3. Excitement at School
4. Mart in Trouble
5. More Worries
6. Inside Crimper's
7. Mart's Confession
8. Dreadful News
9. The Letter
10. A Mysterious Figure
11. The Marauder Strikes Again
12. Reddy's Prison
13. A New Clue?
14. A Fresh Suspect
15. The Next Victim
16. Trixie Makes Plans
17. Caught at Crimper's
18. Marauder Is Revealed
Sleepyside, New York
Mart Belden is behaving mysteriously and
when the school is broken into by a mysterious Midnight Marauder, he becomes the
prime suspect. Trixie and the Bob-Whites have their hands full solving the
mystery of Mart's behavior, the disappearance of Reddy and Patch and uncovering
the true identity of the Midnight Marauder before any more damage is done.
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
Regan - the Wheeler's groom
Sergeant Wendell Molinson - head of the Sleepyside police
Mr Stratton - principal of Sleepyside High
Harrison - the Lynches butler
Lester Mundy - student and suspect
Ruthie Kettner - classmate and loner
Earl "Grandpa" Crimper - owner of Crimper's department store
Mrs Crimper - his wife
Young Mr Earl Crimper - his son and manager of the store
Vera Parker - reporter with the Sleepyside Sun
Margo Birch - New York antique dealer
Points of Interest:
It is March and Peter, Helen and Bobby have gone to Albany for a day to visit
friends. A string of incidents (storm and a wrenched back) keep them from
appearing in this book except for over the phone.
Brian is seventeen years old still! (p. 19)
The school newspaper is called the Campus
Clarion and is six pages long (p. 39-40). Mart later reveals that he
writes the Miss Lonelyheart column.
Does Jim get the best lines or what?
"Come on, you guys! Maybe the office is passing out free doughnuts or
something." (p. 43)
Did Trixie get hot thinking about Ben or Jim?
Maybe you can work it out:
'Once, during one of the Bob-White's early adventures, Trixie had pretended to
like Ben a lot, even though everyone knew she liked Jim best.
Trixie could feel her face growing hot just
thinking about it' (p. 47-48).
In the early books, Jim won't let anyone else train
his pup, Patch except him and is determined to train Patch properly. But
it seems that he may not have succeeded:
'Patch, Jim's little black and white cocker spaniel, disciplined too late to be
the hunting dog his master had wanted to be...' (p. 105)
Maybe it was all that time spent away on endless summer vacations?
Sergeant Molinson is christened Wendell in an
article in the Sleepyside Sun (p. 153).