The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children Mysteries)

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Orphaned and alone but determined to stay together, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden set off on their own and turned an abandoned boxcar into their home. The Boxcar Children, published over sixty-five years ago in 1942, has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. This Collector's Edition features the original artwork plus additional information about Gertrude Chandler Warner's life and work as it appeared in the 60th Anniversary Edition.

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published on September 1, 2009 by Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN-10: 0807508500
ISBN-13: 9780807508503
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  • beyourself
    beyourselfTuesday, July 3, 2018 at 4:24 am55 stars
    I read this book a long time ago and when I found it again on here I wanted to read it again for the fun of it. I totally recommend it! It has a lot of adventure and awesomeness.
    • wiccanbat666
      wiccanbat666Monday, July 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm55 stars
      I happened to stumble across this and I was addicted to these when I was younger so I thought a re-read was in order. It was a little different than I remember but just as charming. I can see why I wanted to live in a boxcar when I was little. However, there is some weird gender things and other stuff that I never would have noticed as a child but seems glaringly obvious and weird as an adult. Overall reading it again was a heck of a lot of fun.
      • candyexpress
        candyexpressSunday, July 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm55 stars
        While many children have childhoods built upon the foundation of their favorite movies and cartoons, favorite games and amusement parks, etc, mine was built on books. Picture books, pop-up books, chapter books. Books, in general, were my obsession, and more specifically, the Boxcar Children. Genuinely, this was one of my favorites as a child. The idea that these brave orphans had just each other to guide themselves through life was an entirely captivating and revolutionary idea from my seven-year-old perspective. Living in an abandoned boxcar was a very creative and interesting idea that I find incredibly different even at my age looking back. The orphans were all beautifully created and their personalities define each of them as great people with their unique flaws and beauties. As the Boxcar Children was a series, there was a different plot in each book, but each was just as good as the previous with brilliant plotlines that had younger me entertained for the entire book and even hours after, still processing the information. A highly recommended series from current me recalling all the past memories and from younger me still fangirling internally.
        • auntieb
          auntiebSunday, July 1, 2018 at 7:45 am55 stars
          The Boxcar Children is such a good series for children I read some of this series a few years ago and they are just fun. now for me the vocabulary and writing is a little young, but this book is great for a little younger if a reader!
          • demigod3000
            demigod3000Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm44 stars
            The Boxcar Children is about four orphans, Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny. They have nowhere to live, so they live in an old, abandoned boxcar. It is all about how they survive in the woods. This book is good for you if you enjoy camping, and/or figuring things out.
            • sports_star
              sports_starFriday, June 29, 2018 at 8:07 am44 stars
              I really liked this! Follow Benny, Violet, Jessie, and Henry on their adventures as they run away from their grandfather and start living in a boxcar. They get a dog, and the adventure starts! I won't ruin it, but it really is a nice book and I liked it a lot.
              • dreambig100
                dreambig100Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 9:34 am44 stars
                The Boxcar children is a wonderful book about 4 orphaned kids, Jessie, Henry, Violet, and Benny. It is about there adventures while they journeyed to find a home. Soon they end up finding an old Boxcar and calling it there home. The 4 children have ran away because they do not want to live with grandfather because they think he is mean and will not like them. Soon the come to a surprising truth about there grandfather. I really enjoyed reading this book because you can't let go until you finish the book.
                • starsong
                  starsongWednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2:58 pm55 stars
                  I enjoyed this book very much and this is awesome. This is a great adventurer in a book. The four kids wonder into a forest and find a rusty old boxcar near Silver City.
                  • sports_star
                    sports_starWednesday, June 27, 2018 at 2:30 pm44 stars
                    This is a great book! Violet, Henry, Jessie, and Benny are orphans, and they run away from their grandfather. The story follows them as they make their home in a box car, find their dog, and more. But, if I were to tell you what 'more' was, then I'd ruin the whole book for you!
                    • catface7312
                      catface7312Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm
                      The main characters Violet, Henry, Jessie, and Benny are orphans and they are being forced to live with a grandfather that they don't even know, but they don't think positively about him. So, they decide to run away. Dr. Moore helps the children meet up with the grandfather, who they end up liking.