Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Boxcar Children Beginning

The Boxcar Children Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan

Goodreads summary:
Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at 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 car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the Alden Children.

Newbery Award-winning author Patricia MacLaclan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children's origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures.

My review:
I grew up reading The Boxcar Children Series, so I just had to read this book to find out what happened in the beginning! Why were these four kids on their own at such a young age?! This book explains it all. It is the perfect opening to this series. I would definitely recommend this series to young children. I started reading them when I was 7 years old and I am still reading them now! A lot of my memories as a child revolve around this series (werid, I know. But I read them ALL THE TIME). They are cute mystery stories for young kids that I think everyone should know about. I definitely recommend this series.

5 stars

I received this book for free from netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and I did not get anything in return for my review.


  1. Oh my gosh, I used to LOVE these. I completely forgot about them! So many memories.

  2. I used to read the Boxcar Children as a kid too! I'm glad there's finally a book that explains what happens in the beginning and that it is an enjoyable read. :-)