Top 10 Boxcar Children Books

 

The Boxcar Children is a classic series of children’s books. It was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, who was an American school teacher of first grade. The series has more than 150 titles. The series revolves around the 4 orphaned kids- Jessie, Henry, Benny, and Violet, who eventually meet their grandfather and decide to live with him.

The stories revolve around the kids encountering mysteries and adventures in their neighborhood or other locations they visit with their grandfather. These books have been kids’ favorite for a long time with the mystery angles involved.

The Box That Watch Found

Watch is Aldens’ dog, and in this book, he finds out a mysterious box with a ‘Congratulations! You have found it’ note inside it.

Read it For:
The story is about treasure hunting game that is fun.
Don't Read it For:
The idea of the box may not appeal everyone.
What makes this book stand out?:
The box is a part of the game Geocaching, which is interesting

Bus Station Mystery

In this book, the boxcar children have to stay in a bus station because while taking a bus trip to the science and hobby fair, a bad storm hits. The kids then are seen solving the mystery of a polluted river and 2 mysterious boys.

Read it For:
The story is very engaging and also teaches an environmental lesson.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a little slow in some places.
What makes this book stand out?:
It lays focus on pollution and environment teaching kids a lesson on the same.

The Firehouse Mystery

When the town council starts demolishing a historic firehouse, the boxcar children decide to help in restoring it, but they find out someone is acting as a barrier to their efforts.

Read it For:
Kids are fascinated by firehouses, so it is a must read for them.
Don't Read it For:
If you are not interested in firehouses, then you might think of it as boring.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is interesting to see that kids are attached to a historical firehouse, showing they value the history.

The Mystery of the Stolen Snowboard

In the winter sports season, the kids are excited about snow activities mainly snowboarding but then find themselves in the middle of a mystery of a stolen snowboard and a star athlete.

Read it For:
The book is very engaging and has vivid descriptions.
Don't Read it For:
There is no other reason for not reading the book except your dislike towards snowboarding, which is rarely a case.
What makes this book stand out?:
The sports involved in the book, makes it stand out.
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The Boxcar Children

This is the very first book of the series. Being orphans, one night the kids find a red colored boxcar that keeps them safe, warm and together. They decide on making it their home.

Read it For:
The details with which the author has described every little aspect draws a picture in the minds of readers.
Don't Read it For:
It is a little unrealistic as the kids are very loving and caring and don’t fight at all, but then it is a work of fiction.
What makes this book stand out?:
Setting up a home in a boxcar is what makes this book unique.

The Cupcake Caper

In this mystery, boxcar children aim at finding a cupcake thief who wants to steal secret recipe of Mama Tova’s cupcakes.

Read it For:
It is an interesting and delicious thief chase mystery.
Don't Read it For:
The mystery is a little predictable even to kids.
What makes this book stand out?:
Kids not only use their mystery skills but also taste buds to find out the thief.

The Clue in the Recycling Bin

In this book, the Aldens bring home a lot of stuff like fun piñata and unused notebooks from a local recycling center introduced to them by Mrs. MacGregor. The kids help in solving the mystery when break-in starts happening the center.

Read it For:
This story teaches kids the importance of recycling and protection of the environment.
Don't Read it For:
It becomes difficult to explain to kids the difference between what can be recycled and what is waste.
What makes this book stand out?:
The lesson of recycling and that you can make best out of waste is unique.

The Yellow House Mystery

The boxcar children decide to solve the mystery of The Yellow house after they hear a story that a man vanished from there years ago.

Read it For:
It has very good descriptions about Camping.
Don't Read it For:
If you don’t believe in people vanishing from places, you might find hard to believe it
What makes this book stand out?:
It is the first book in the series to have a real mystery.

Caboose Mystery

The Aldens get to live in a train car when they are spending summer on a train ride. They live in caboose no. 777 and kids find out that it has an unusual past and are in full force to solve the mystery.

Read it For:
There is a lot that goes on in the book, making it an interesting read.
Don't Read it For:
There a lot of pages about food description.
What makes this book stand out?:
The caboose no. 777 and its unusual past makes it stand out.

Surprise Island

The kids are spending summer vacations alone on their grandfather’s private island and go through a set of difficulties, adventures, and mysteries.

Read it For:
This story teaches a lesson to kids the difficulties of living alone.
Don't Read it For:
It is unrealistic how grandfather can leave kids alone on the island.
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that kids are always united and in constant support of each other gives readers sibling goals.

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