"I hate to think of my sister and my
- well you, Trixie, getting into such tight places all the time."
Trixie didn't have a
word to say. She asked herself, "Was he going to say that I'm his
best girlfriend? Darn it, now I'll never know."
Happy Valley Mystery 1962 (p. 269)
"You know what it means, don't
you?" Jim asked.
"Tell me," Trixie
"It means that you're my
special girl, Trixie," Jim said. "As if you didn't know
Trixie murmured. "Oh, Jim!"
Trixie looked happily at her
bracelet, then reached over and put her small, sturdy hand into
Jim's. He closed his long fingers tightly over it.
Happy Valley Mystery 1962 -1977
Trixie Belden and the Happy Valley Mystery
The ghost writer of this book is thought to be Stack as she was born in Idaho.
First Published :
Chapter Titles :
1. Straight to Adventure
2. Black Beard
3. A Bad Mistake
4. The Trapped Sheep
5. Trixie's Discovery
6. On the Trail
7. A Strange Light
8. Bob-Whites in the Spotlight
9. Two Suspects
10. Trixie Gets Teased
11. At the Skating Rink
12. Poor Little Orphan
13. The Great Rabbit Hunt
14. Dinner With the Schulzes
16. Deadly Danger
17. No Place to Go
18. A Sound in the Dark
19. The Missing Clue
20. Trixie Scores Again
Happy Valley Farm, Iowa.
The Bob-Whites, minus Dan, spend their Spring break at Andrew Belden's farm,
while he is away in Scotland. Trixie is keen to solve the mystery of the
missing sheep, but the Bob-Whites find themselves with their hands full learning
about farm life and getting to know the locals. Trixie becomes jealous of
a glamorous blonde who seems to enamour Jim, while she attracts the attention of
the star athlete, Ned Schultz. But these things are cast aside, when
Trixie, Jim and Honey find themselves trapped in a flood and facing the most
dangerous situation of their lives.
Jim Frayne - newly 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 classmate and neighbour
Hank Gorman - Farm Manager
Mary Gorman - his wife
Ben - hired hand at Happy Valley Farm
Ned Schulz - the son of a neighbour
Dot Murray - a beautiful, blonde classmate of Ned's
Bob Hubbell - a school mate of Ned's
Barbara Hubbell - Bob's twin sister
Mrs Schulz - Ned's mother, who was stricken with polio when Ned was five
Sheriff Joe Brown - Valley Park Sheriff
Jake Burton and Randy Miller - the sheep thieves
Points of Interest:
This book really tries to show Trixie and the Bob-Whites as ordinary teenagers
who make mistakes. The Bob-Whites make a big mistake and risk the whole
flock of sheep, but they work hard to right their mistake. They are
fiercely protective of Westchester County and defend it to the hilt.
Trixie and Honey aren't perfect skaters and get shown up easily by a glamorous
blonde rival. Trixie, Jim and Honey make an error of judgement and
endanger their lives in the most perilous situation they have ever faced.
Trixie is jealous of the attention Jim is paying
Dot Murray, but she receives just as much attention from Ned. Could Jim
have been jealous of Ned?
Stack continues to feminise Trixie and makes her
aware of her tomboy behaviour and she tries to rectify it. The
relationship between Jim and Trixie grows closer and he becomes more open about
his feelings for her. Trixie wonders about his feelings for her and in the
first two editions of this book, she expresses her thoughts. However,
these lines (in blue) were removed for the deluxe and subsequent editions of the
book. This climaxes at the conclusion of the book when he
gives her an ID bracelet with his name on it. This passage remained intact
until a later print run of the oval paperbacks, in which a line (in blue) was
omitted. Why it was present in the first paperback printing, then later
removed remains a mystery that only Trixie could solve.
Jim reminds Brian that he's supposed to be the
conservative one (p. 69).
Diana can play the piano. Did she learn this
after her father made his millions?
The Beldens apparently had a cow, because Brian and
Trixie helped deliver a calf. Also, they helped deliver a foal from one of
the Wheeler's mares (p. 126).
Mart claims he's a Scout and implies that Jim and
Brian are too (p. 139).
Di states that they have ten pen pals from India,
Africa and South America and Trixie reveals that they fundraise by selling
UNICEF stationery (p. 149).
The puppy Trixie, Honey and Jim find in the flood
is named Moses.