The Boxcar Children

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The Boxcar Children Beginning 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
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    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.

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  • Book 1-3

    The Boxcar Children Collection cover art
    • The Boxcar Children Collection

    • The Boxcar Children (Book 1), Surprise Island (Book 2), The Yellow House Mystery (Book 3)
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
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  • Book 1

    • The Boxcar Children

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    One warm night four children stood in front of a bakery. No one knew them. No one knew where they had come from. Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Can they find a home where they can stay together as a family? 

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  • Book 2

    • Surprise Island

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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    The Aldens spend the summer on their own private island. There they meet a new friend with an amazing secret! 

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  • Book 3

    • Yellow House Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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    Years ago, a man vanished from the yellow house on Surprise Island. Why? The Aldens have found a clue to the mystery!

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  • Book 4

    • Mystery Ranch

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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    The Aldens visit their mysterious Aunt Jane at her run-down ranch and make a surprising discovery!

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  • 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
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    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?

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  • 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
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    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?

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  • 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
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    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!

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  • Book 8

    • The Lighthouse Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries #8
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    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?

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  • 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
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    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!

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  • Book 10

    • Schoolhouse Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 10
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
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    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!

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  • 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
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    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!

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  • Book 12

    • Houseboat Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 12
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
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    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!

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  • Book 13

    • Snowbound Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 13
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Tim Gregory
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
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    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.

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  • 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
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    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?

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  • Book 15

    • Bicycle Mystery

    • The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 15
    • By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
    • Narrated by: Aimee Lilly
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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    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!

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  • 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
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    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?

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  • 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
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    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?

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  • 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
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    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....

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