The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children

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Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are brothers and sisters. They're orphans too, and the only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. When the children find an abandoned boxcar in the woods, they decide to call it home--and become
the Boxcar Children!
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 133 x 193 x 68mm | 116g
  • Morton Grove, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0807508527
  • 9780807508527
  • 73,659

About Gertrude Chandler Warner

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 in Putnam, Connecticut, where she taught school and wrote The Boxcar Children because she had often imagined how delightful it would be to live in a caboose or freight car. Encouraged by the book's success, she went on to write eighteen more stories about the Alden children.
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Rating details

115,515 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 46% (52,720)
4 29% (33,203)
3 19% (21,777)
2 5% (5,276)
1 2% (2,539)

Our customer reviews

Reason for Reading: This is another book from the Random Bookshelf that I am reading from this year.The Boxcar Children have played a big part in my and my children\'s lives. I intend to acquire a complete set of the first 19 books (the others hold no interest to me) and keep them as keepers on my juvenile shelves for my future grandchildren. When I read these books from the library is the mid \'70s, they were hardcover\'s with picture boards and I was entranced with them. I\'d always go over an pick one out to read whether I\'d read it before or not. For my oldest son, who was a very young, strong reader, these were his first chapter books that he read for his own personal pleasure. Due to my business as a used book dealer at the time of his childhood, we went to a lot of garage sales on Saturdays and he would always take a Boxcar Children book with him in the car and have it finished before we\'d finished garage sailing. He had a huge collection of all the newer books and super specials, etc. For my younger son, these were his first chapter book read alouds and he loved him so much. I think he and his dad read about 8 of them when he was about five. Now having just re-read this one again I\'m fairly confident he could read it himself so I\'m going to set it aside for him and let him have a go in the near future. Although the books in this series always have a mystery to solve, this first book does not really have a mystery other than the children themselves. Orphans who have runaway because they don\'t want to stay with a mean, old grandfather they\'ve never met. They stumble across an old boxcar and set up house in there, which is a lot of fun seeing how these children work so diligently to create a simple home for themselves. The writing style throughout the series is also very high interest while keeping to a simple 3rd grade reading level. I honestly can\'t remember the stories of any of the other books offhand but I do especially love this first book as it is the only one of the series to be illustrated by L. Kate Deal in stunning silhouette art. One can tell the story takes place long ago with the girls in dresses and kerchiefs and the boys in short pants and long stockings but the darkness and absence of detail leave much to the imagination. Even if you have no intention on reading the series as a whole, \"The Boxcar Children\" itself is a modern classic to be enjoyed by more
by Nicola Mansfield
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