Article Title

The Boxcar Children


Outstanding, Gertrude C. Warner, L. Kate Deal, Primary, Boxcar Children, Independence, Family, Mystery

Document Type

Book Review


When Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny's parents die, they find an abandoned boxcar in the woods and make it their home. Their grandpa lives in a nearby town and wants the children to live with him, but they are afraid that he will mistreat them. Besides, they can take care of themselves just fine. Henry does odd jobs for a kind doctor in town without giving away his identity. However, when Violet becomes sick the doctor reveals to their grandfather their location. Their grandpa is actually quite kind and they agree to live with him, especially since he moves their beloved boxcar to his backyard.