Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children #2) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
From the Cover: The Alden children have a home with their grandfather now – but their adventures are just beginning! Their first surprise comes when they learn they’ll be spending the summer on their own private island. The kind stranger who lives there is always happy to help the children out, but does this new friend have a secret?
My thoughts: I can see why Amber likes this series. The kids have little to no adult supervision, but they manage quite well on their own, cooking, cleaning and exploring, always helping each other out. There are adults on the island, the handyman, Joe, and Captain Daniel, but they only provide assistance or guidance when the children ask them to. And of course Joe’s secret is a good one; that ‘s the kind of stories these are.
For me, the books seem kind of bland. I would not read them, if Amber didn’t enjoy them so much, but she ‘s ready to start the third in the series tonight.