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The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

Topics: Orphans, Siblings, Family, Survival, Trains, Childhood, Poverty, Adventurous, United States of America, and First in a Series

Published: Albert Whitman Company an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on Dec 14, 2010
ISBN: 9781453207512
List price: $5.99
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like watching full house, but with adventure! somewhat... i read them all when i was a kid!read more
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Read this as a kid and remembered liking it. Some kids' books hold up pretty well when you read them as an adult, even first- or second-grade level. This one, not so much. It was okay and a very fast read, though. I would have rated it two stars if I were rating it according to how much I enjoyed it, but for a kid at the appropriate age it's probably a three or four, so I settled on three stars.read more
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this is the only boxcar children book i've ever read, and i never had interest in the others because the kids end up with their grandfather at the end. i think the whole boxcar idea fulfilled some kind of independence-fantasy i had as a child (see also: my side of the mountain).read more
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like watching full house, but with adventure! somewhat... i read them all when i was a kid!
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Read this as a kid and remembered liking it. Some kids' books hold up pretty well when you read them as an adult, even first- or second-grade level. This one, not so much. It was okay and a very fast read, though. I would have rated it two stars if I were rating it according to how much I enjoyed it, but for a kid at the appropriate age it's probably a three or four, so I settled on three stars.
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this is the only boxcar children book i've ever read, and i never had interest in the others because the kids end up with their grandfather at the end. i think the whole boxcar idea fulfilled some kind of independence-fantasy i had as a child (see also: my side of the mountain).
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best book ever... my inspiration for my story, "A wild life"
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This is a great series of chapter books that I loved as a young reader. They are really engaging and this first one of "The Boxcar Children" was my favorite. This young group of children are left without parents and the run away from their mean aunt and uncle. They are forced to grow-up and make important decisions on their own. The adventures that they have will keep your students engaged with the text and not be able to put it down. It is an awesome beginner chapter book for those students who want to start reading chapter books.
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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.
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