By Gertrude Chandler Warner
Published Originally published in 1924 by Rand McNally. The copy I have was published by Albert Whitman & Company in 1989.
The boxcar children series is HUGE, so I’m going to tell you about the first book. It’ll probably make you want to read the rest. But first, I’m going to tell you a little about the series:
- They are not violent.
- They are not really scary books, they are more adventure books.
There are over 100 books in this series(I don’t have all of them, but I have 103). The first 16 books are by Gertrude Chandler Warner and the rest are by different authors but they are written similarly.
BOOK #1: THE BOXCAR CHILDREN
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny were orphans. They were running from their grandfather who they thought was mean. When they slept in a bakery they heard that the baker’s wife was going to give them to an orphanage. You would think that they would like that, but they didn’t. They ran away that night while the baker and his wife were asleep. Now the children were running not only from their grandfather, but the baker and his wife, too. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny found an abandoned boxcar to live in. They were close to a dump, town, and a doctor. Henry found a job in the town, while Jessie took care of Violet and Benny at the boxcar. One day while Henry was working they heard a rustling noise. A hurt dog came out of the bushes. The kids adopted the dog and cured him and he became their protector. The story is about their life in a box car and how they managed to live there. In the end, the kids grandfather really isn’t a mean guy and they end up living with him, but their adventures continue for many more books. They are interesting and pretty easy to read.
This is a great series (from my opinion)! The first book is good, but as they get further into the series, they get even better! I would recommend this series to anyone!