Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden are brothers and sisters—and they’re orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. They decide to make it their home. This is just the beginning of their graphic novel adventures as the Boxcar Children!
Topics: Orphans, Siblings, Family, Survival, Trains, Childhood, Adventurous, Heartwarming, Suspenseful, Series, and Illustrated
Published: Albert Whitman Company an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on Jul 26, 2011
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I forgot how much I liked this book as a kid. I often used to play house in pine trees with my friend, so the idea of setting up house in the woods independent from adults really appealed to me back then. There's not much of a plot in this book, but the concept is fun.more
I actually only like the first book, because I lose interest after they moved out of the box car. LOLmore
Now that they are orphaned, the four Alden children are in search of a place to live -- somewhere close enough to a town so they can still buy food, but far enough away that no one will spot them and turn them over to the horrible grandfather they have never met. When the come upon an abandoned boxcar, all four children: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny decide that it is perfect. They set about making the boxcar into a home and in the process make a good friend who helps them out in more ways than they could expect. Orphans and adventure...how did I not read this when I was a kid? This would have been perfect for me. Although I didn't see a real mystery within the book, it was definitely a fun read. The words sometimes sound too beginning readerish, but I don't think it would get in the way of enjoying the book/story for a more advanced reader.more
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