The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Published by Albert Whitman & Company
Published 14 December 2010 (first published 1942)
160 pages
Library book

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The New York Times–bestselling tale of four orphaned siblings who will do anything to stick together, featuring more than thirty original illustrations. 

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden take care of one another. They have no parents, no other family—except for a grandfather they don’t care to see—and no home . . . until the night they find the boxcar. Old, rusty, lonely, and abandoned in the woods, it’s the perfect home for four brave children on their own.

Through hard work and courage, the Aldens begin to build a life full of fun and adventure. But when they’re faced with a problem they can’t solve themselves, they’re forced to look for adult help—and will find it in the most unlikely ally.

Hailed by School Library Journal as one of the top 100 children’s novels of all time, Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story has delighted generations of young readers and launched a long-running series and an animated film featuring her fearless foursome. Now, new and old fans alike can delight in the timeless book that started it all, featuring illustrations by L. Kate Deal.


 ONE WARM NIGHT four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from.


This is my first time reading the author. I’d never heard to The Boxcar Children before. I chose it at random when browsing digital library books because I fancied reading some children’s fiction. I really enjoyed The Boxcar Children. I’d have devoured the series when I was a kid. I wonder why I’d never heard of it before? The Boxcar Children is different than usual children’s fiction because it revolves around four orphans fending for themselves. There are happy and sad moments through the book and the ending is what you’d expect from children’s fiction – happy but not too saccharine. I’d recommend this for children who love adventures. It’s hugely enjoyable and ticks all the boxes for classic children’s literature.




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