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The Boxcar Children

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Date: 2020
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Work overview
Length: 323 words
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Title: Boxcar Children Mystery Series (Series)
Published: January 01, 1942
Genre: Series
Author: Warner, Gertrude Chandler
Occupation: American children's writer
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The Boxcar Children The Boxcar Children was written by school teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner. The Boxcar Children was written by school teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner. © Art Collection 3 / Alamy Stock Photo

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series
a group of books about the same or similar things
mysteries
stories that have problems the characters must solve
orphans
children who no longer have parents

The Boxcar Children is a series of children’s books. The books have been written by many people. They have been written since the 1940s.

The first book was written in 1942. Boxcar Children books are still written today.

Many children have read these books. They are popular.

The books are about children. They are brothers and sisters. They solve problems.

First Book

The Boxcar Children series started in 1942. The first book was The Boxcar Children. Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote it. It told the story of Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden.

The Aldens are orphans. They have no home. They need to find a place to stay.

They find an old boxcar. No one uses it. They go inside. They decide to live there.

The children take care of each other. Henry is the oldest. He gets a job.

The other children work hard, too. They find food. They clean the boxcar.

The children know they have a grandfather. They think he is a mean man. They are wrong about him.

They finally meet their grandfather. He is kind. He lets them live with him.

More Books

Warner wrote more books. Those books were also about Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny.

The new books were mysteries. The children had to fix problems they found.

Warner wrote nineteen books in the Boxcar Children series. She wrote her last book in 1976.

Other people started writing the Boxcar Children books. The first book written by someone else was printed in 1991.

A Popular Series

The Boxcar Children series was very popular. Millions of people read the books.

The Boxcar Children was even turned into a movie.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|JGAFRZ585782171