The Boxcar Children

149 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601 ratings

The Boxcar Children Beginning Publisher's Summary

Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents on Fair Meadow Farm.

Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy - “the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a traveling family needs shelter. The Aldens take them in, and the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at the farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change their lives.

Newbery Award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to the classic novels by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children’s origins.

©2012 Patricia MacLachlan (P)2012 Oasis Audio
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  • Book 0

    • The Boxcar Children Beginning

    • The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
    • By: Patricia MacLachlan
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents on Fair Meadow Farm. Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy - “the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a traveling family needs shelter. The Aldens take them in, and the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at the farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change their lives.

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 1

    • The Boxcar Children

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries #1
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Phyllis Newman
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A well written children's classic!

    • By Jennifer Mckinney on 06-21-15

    Regular price: $11.20

  • Book 2

    • Surprise Island

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries #2
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Phyllis Newman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Summer vacation on an almost private island gives the Aldens a challenge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome Story

    • By Catherine on 11-09-15

    Regular price: $11.20

  • Book 3

    • The Yellow House Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries #3
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Phyllis Newman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 47

    The spooky old house on Surprise Island intrigues Benny.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

    • By Erik on 08-22-16

    Regular price: $11.20

  • Book 1-3

    • The Boxcar Children Collection

    • The Boxcar Children (Book 1), Surprise Island (Book 2), The Yellow House Mystery (Book 3)
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Phyllis Newman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 518
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 418
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 419

    Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, four orphaned siblings, suddenly appear in a small town. The children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life for themselves - until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • nice family stories

    • By GEW on 01-30-13

    Regular price: $33.60

  • Book 4

    • Mystery Ranch

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    The Aldens visit their mysterious Aunt Jane at her run-down ranch and make a surprising discovery!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun series.

    • By Korrin H. Johnson on 05-07-16

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 5

    • Mike's Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54

    The Alden children are visiting Aunt Jane when a nearby house burns down. Their friend Mike is blamed for starting the fire! Can the Aldens help find the real criminal?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it

    • By Michelle Mitchell on 05-04-17

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 6

    • Blue Bay Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    The Aldens are excited to visit a deserted South Seas island. But soon they discover clues that they are not alone. Is someone on the island watching them?

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 7

    • The Woodshed Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    The Alden children are staying at the New England farmhouse where their grandfather grew up. There are many stories and legends about the old farm, and there's a woodshed near the house that holds a surprising secret...a secret that dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good

    • By karyn on 02-25-17

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 8

    • The Lighthouse Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries #8
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    When the Aldens take a summer trip to the New England coast, they have a fun place to stay: a lighthouse! But strange things happen after it gets dark - an unknown woman is seen walking around, and Watch, the Aldens' dog, wakes up growling late at night. Can the Boxcar Children shed light on a seaside mystery?

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 9

    • Mountain Top Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 9
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    The Aldens climb a mountain and find a mystery! The hike up Old Flat Top was only supposed to take a day, but a dangerous rockslide changes everything to reveal a hidden cave that just may hold a legendary treasure!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Emily Bartlett on 07-15-15

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 10

    • Schoolhouse Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    The Boxcar Children are spending the summer in a tiny, quiet New England fishing village. The little schoolhouse doesn’t have a proper teacher, so the Aldens are teaching! There’s also a very old library where nobody ever goes - nobody, that is, except for a mysterious stranger. For such a small town, Port Elizabeth has a lot of secrets!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best

    • By Joellawme on 01-15-15

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 11

    • The Caboose Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Vol. 11
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    When the Aldens spend the summer riding on a train, they get to live in a train car once again - this time, they're staying in Caboose No. 777. The number is hard to forget, and indeed, the children meet people at each stop who seem to know it well. It turns out Caboose No. 777 has an unusual past - one that comes with its very own mystery!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marcella.A

    • By Mitchell on 01-11-17

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 12

    • Houseboat Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    The Aldens are spending the summer traveling on a houseboat! Throughout their journey, the children have the feeling that they’re being watched. Someone is watching them - and the thing that he wants is somewhere on their boat! He’ll stop at nothing to get it and it’s up to the Boxcar Children to figure out why!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • "😍❤️"

    • By Mitchell on 01-05-17

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 13

    • Snowbound Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    It’s an unusual winter vacation for the Alden family when a huge snowstorm traps them in the woods! Luckily, the log cabin where they’re staying is cozy - only there are strange noises in the night and a mysterious code carved into the closet door. The rescue is a long wait for the Boxcar Children, but the cabin is full of secrets.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Boxcar children is the best!!!!😊

    • By Jonathan M Barnett on 09-20-16

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 14

    • Tree House Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 14
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    The Alden children are helping their neighbors build a tree house. From the tree house, the children discover they can see into the attic of the house next door...and they notice a window that not even their neighbors know about! Does the old house have a secret?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Again

    • By mimismom on 10-16-17

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 15

    • Bicycle Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 15
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Aldens are making the journey to their Aunt Jane’s house on an overnight bicycle trip. But on their first night, the children are caught in a rainstorm and have to take shelter in an old, abandoned house where a most unusual mystery - a lost dog - finds them!

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 16

    • Mystery in the Sand

    • The Boxcar Children, Book 16
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The Alden family is spending sunny days at the shore and summer nights in the mobile home right on the beach! One morning Benny finds a gold necklace in the sand, and a search for its owner begins a trail of clues that leads to Tower House, the strange old mansion nearby. What will the Boxcar Children find there?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 🐳🐬

    • By Kindle Customer on 09-28-16

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 17

    • Mystery Behind the Wall

    • The Boxcar Children, Book 17
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    The Aldens have found a mystery under their very own roof! When the children found an old journal behind the closet wall in the guest room, they never dreamed it would lead them on a search for valuable coins. What happened to the girl who wrote the journal - and what is she trying to tell them?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love it

    • By Kindle Customer on 10-20-15

    Regular price: $8.99

  • Book 18

    • Bus Station Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 18
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    The Aldens are bound for the Science and Hobby Fair, but when a bad storm hits, they’re forced to stay in the bus station. Before they know it, the Boxcar Children are in the middle of a mystery involving a polluted river, two strange boys, and a bus station manager who knows more than anyone suspects....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best story ever!!!

    • By Mitchell on 07-11-17

    Regular price: $8.99

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