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The Boxcar Children

Book 1, The Boxcar Children Mysteries

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 01, 2002 – Children's NOTES Boxcar Children Redux Two titles mark a landmark anniversary of a classic series. The first, The Boxcar Children 60th Anniversary Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner, illus. by L. Kate Deal, contains the original text, with an introduction by Barbara Elleman, as well as a brief biography of the author, b&w photos and "An Open Letter to Children Who Ask How I Happened to Write The Boxcar Children," all contained in a handsomely designed volume.

Customer Reviews

Great reading to get young imaginations going

I remember reading all these books as an elementary student over 20 years ago. This book is a great book series that gives children an opportunity ti imagine. I still remember pretend to be a boxcar kid and making my other cousins play along in the woods behind my aunts house. Great way to improve literacy skills as well.

Best book series

Best book series for children of all ages even adults

Nice book for kids

I read this (not as an iBook; I have the actual book) and it was okay but I'm 13 so I think younger kids would like it better. There's a whole series of this (which might not be on iBooks yet) so if you like mystery books, then you might want to check these books out.

The Boxcar Children
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  • $4.99
  • Level: Grades 2-5
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries
  • Published: Dec 14, 2010
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 160 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Boxcar Children Mysteries
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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