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The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat

Laura Lee Hope

Book Overview: 

The Bobbsey family are are staying on a houseboat for summer vacation! At first all seems to be going well - what with fishing, playing with friends, and exploring the river. But then a mean farmer arrives, who seems determined to stop the trip. Why? Where has Will Watson, his mistreated hired boy, run away to? Who is stealing food from the houseboat? Who or what made the strange noises the cook heard? And can the twins solve the mystery?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He stopped suddenly, and seemed to be listening.

"What is it?" asked his wife.

"There seems to be some one on this boat beside ourselves," answered
Mr. Bobbsey. "I'll go look."

CHAPTER V THE STRANGE BOY

The Bobbsey twins looked at one another, and then at their mother, as Mr. Bobbsey went out of the living room of the houseboat, toward the stairway that led up on deck.

Bert tried to look brave, and as though he did not care. Nan moved a little closer to her mother. As for Flossie, she, too, was a little frightened, but Freddie did not seem at all alarmed.

"Is it somebody come to take the boat away from us?" he asked in his high-pitched, childish voice. "If it is—don't let 'em, papa."

They all laughed at this—even Mr. Bobbsey, and he turned to look around, half way up the stairs, saying:

"No, F. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read the 1915 version of my mom's ... seems silly now but it beats zombies, vampires and other worlds like that.
I plan to read every Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Dres book that I own this year before lovingly giving them to the Goodwill Bookstore.

Wow - these are so dated. But I read them as a kid -- they were old then! and it was fun to look through one again. Children's lit has come a long way. I miss the family values that these books espoused; the kids were so darned polite!

The houseboat was really cool, but I thought that they would just stay on the boat and keep going, only stopping at the water fall to explore. Also, I did not like the captain in the beginning because I thought he was mean.

i liked it

I read every Bobbsey Twins adventures I could get my hands on from the age of 9 through 11. Summers were wonderful and I could borrow from the library and read these books. I could borrow 8 books every 2 weeks. Soon, I needed more than that and had to fight the librarian for more books. Now, I ca...more

I spent a week or more at my Grandparents during the summer. They had all the Bobbsey Twin books and many Nancy Drew books. So I would lay in my Grandmother's garden and read. I remember enjoy all of the adventure of the Bobbsey Twins.

I didn't actually read this Bobbsey Twins book (although I totally would again!) - just adding it as a Goodreads placeholder for a beta read of a new novel that took place on a houseboat. I sort of loved the houseboat.

3.5 stars

The Bobbseys have two set of twins. Bert and Nan are 9-years old and Flossie and Freddie are 5. When they find out their father has bought a houseboat, they are excited to go on a trip! Shortly before they leave, they meet Will, a boy who works for a farmer a little ways away.

This was...more

This book was another delightful tale of the Bobbsey Twins and their adventures. In this story, the set out on their new houseboat for their summer vacation. They encounter a mean farmer, a mystery of disappearing food, and a your boy who has been mistreated. All in all another cute, sweet, and o...more

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