By now, even Honey was finding it
difficult to stay calm about the withdrawals. "This isn't a
normal drop-out rate," she said. "Something's going on,
and I'm going to find out what it is."
"How are you going to do
that?" Trixie asked.
Honey's jaw set in a stubborn look
that was rare for her. "I'll think of a way," she replied.
A few moments laster a girl from
Honey's homeroom withdrew her dog. This girl, too, had suddenly
found out about a visit to her grandparents on the day of the show.
Honey managed to smile as she
returned the money. Calmly, she watched the girl walk away from the
sign-up table. Then she stood up and said, "You wait here,
Trixie. I'm going to talk to Heather."
Honey followed the girl.
Trixie saw Heather turn and pause as Honey quietly called her name.
The two girls talked for several minutes.
Finally, Heather went off down the
hall. Honey walked back toward the sign-up table. A tight knot
formed in Trixie's stomach as Honey drew nearer. There was a smile
on Honey's face - but there were tears in her eyes!
"Oh, Trixie," she said
softly, the tears running down her cheeks, "you won't believe
this. She says there's a rumor going around school about us, and
that's why she withdrew. The rumor is that we don't plan to use the
money for the game birds at all - we're going to spend it on
The Pet Show Mystery (p.
Trixie Belden and the Pet Show Mystery
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Laura
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. An Everlasting Winter
2. Patch Provides a Plan
3. The Bob-Whites Begin
4. The Angry Young Man
5. Honey Uncovers a Rumor
6. Dr. Chang Explains
7. The Man from the Mall
8. Dressed for Waiting
9. The End of a Suspect
10. A Last-Minute Entry
11. Computerized Confrontation
12. Tailing a Suspect
13. The Evidence on Ice
Sleepyside, New York
When a classmate draws Trixie's attention
to the plight of the local birds during a cold winter, the Bob-Whites decide to
organise a Pet Show to raise awareness and money to feed the birds.
However, not everyone is supportive of the idea and the Pet Show is threatened
by sabotage on several fronts. Trixie suspects the angry young man who
runs the Anti-Hunger Foundation, but Trixie discovers he is guilty of a more
serious crime and the Bob-Whites are forced to look at themselves and admit that
their actions do not help everyone.
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
Helen Belden - Trixie's mother
Bobby Belden - Trixie's six year old brother
Diana Lynch - a Bob-White and neighbour
Dan Mangan - a Bob-White and Regan's nephew
Norma Nelson - a class mate who feeds the hungry birds
Nick Roberts - an artist and classmate
Dr Chang - Sleepyside veterinarian
Paul Gale - head of the World Anti-Hunger Foundation
Miss von Trammel - School secretary
Heather - classmate
David Llewelyn - Special investigator with the State Attorney's Office
Gordon Halvorson - a classmate in Mart's computing class
Paul Gale and his assistant are the main villains in this book, using the
funds raised for the anti-hunger campaign to buy jewels and smuggle them into
the US. Norma Nelson and Gordon Halvorson are also guilty of separate acts
of sabotage against the Bob-Whites because of jealousy.
Points of Interest:
The book commences on the first day back at school after winter vacation (p.
Finally technology is introduced into Trixie Belden
and Mart sings the benefits of computers after he begins a computing class (p.
Norma Nelson has set up feeding stations along Glen
Rd and Old Telegraph Rd to feed pheasants and quails (p. 17). There was a
Mark Nelson in #31 The Mystery at Maypenny's, could he be Norma's
Sleepyside has a mall! (p. 36)
Honey says 'we have people of many different races
here at school' (p. 47) but why are they rarely mentioned?
Honey is portrayed several times in way that is
completely out of character for her. On page 55, she loses her patience
with Peter Gale and on page 64, her actions and comments in finding what is
causing the students to withdraw from the Pet Show, would normally be attributed
The Anti-Hunger Foundation is situated at 75 South
Tenth Street in Sleepyside (p. 61).
David Llewelyn is staying at the Sleepyside Inn (p.
115). The only inn mentioned in previous books was the Glen Road Inn.
Peter Gale confesses his crimes to the girls with
very little prompting, and asks them if they've 'ever seen a really big
beautiful ruby or diamond?' and the girls answer no (p. 171). Obviously,
Honey and Trixie have forgotten the diamond they found in #3 The Gatehouse
Mystery or the diamond they uncovered in #12 The Mystery of the Blinking