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Gertrude Chandler Warner (1890–1979)

Author of The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1)

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About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut on April 16, 1890. Due to her poor health, she never finished high school and studied with a tutor. During World War I, a shortage of teachers prompted the local school board to hire her to teach first grade, a position she held for over 30 show more years. She wrote the first Boxcar book in 1924, while home recuperating from an illness, but the version most people are familiar with was originally published in 1942. The Alden children became so popular that she wrote 19 adventures about them including Surprise Island, Mystery Ranch, and Snowbound Mystery. She died at age 89 August 29, 1979, but the Boxcar Children are still being written about by a team of writers faithful to her vision. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Warner is the author of the first 19 books in The Boxcar Children series; all of the remaining volumes were ghostwritten.

Series

Works by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Surprise Island (1949) 4,559 copies
The Yellow House Mystery (1953) 4,103 copies
Mystery Ranch (1958) — Author — 3,676 copies
Mike's Mystery (1960) 2,812 copies
Blue Bay Mystery (1961) 2,661 copies
The Woodshed Mystery (1962) 2,512 copies
The Lighthouse Mystery (1963) 2,427 copies
Schoolhouse Mystery (1965) 2,270 copies
Mountain Top Mystery (1964) 2,160 copies
Caboose Mystery (1966) 1,914 copies
Houseboat Mystery (1967) 1,907 copies
Snowbound Mystery (1968) 1,698 copies
Bicycle Mystery (1970) 1,546 copies
Tree House Mystery (1969) 1,500 copies
Mystery in the Sand (1971) 1,484 copies
Mystery Behind the Wall (1973) 1,291 copies
Bus Station Mystery (1974) 1,181 copies
Benny Uncovers a Mystery (1976) 1,170 copies
The Haunted Cabin Mystery (1991) 1,167 copies
The Deserted Library Mystery (1991) 1,089 copies
The Animal Shelter Mystery (1991) 1,038 copies
The Pizza Mystery (1993) 1,027 copies
The Camp-Out Mystery (1992) 965 copies
The Amusement Park Mystery (1992) 919 copies
The Mystery at the Dog Show (1993) 881 copies
The Mystery in the Snow (1993) 824 copies
The Old Motel Mystery (1991) 819 copies
The Castle Mystery (1993) 800 copies
The Mystery Cruise (1992) 799 copies
The Mystery Horse (1993) 742 copies
The Dinosaur Mystery (1995) 684 copies
The Mystery Girl (1992) 603 copies
The Mystery at Snowflake Inn (1994) 602 copies
The Ghost Ship Mystery (1994) 599 copies
The Canoe Trip Mystery (1994) 598 copies
The Chocolate Sundae Mystery (1995) 594 copies
The Mystery Bookstore (1995) 572 copies
The Mystery on Stage (1994) 504 copies
The Mystery in the Cave (1996) 484 copies
The Pilgrim Village Mystery (1995) 455 copies
The Hurricane Mystery (1996) 436 copies
The Mystery at the Ballpark (1994) 423 copies
The Mystery of the Lost Mine (1996) 388 copies
The Panther Mystery (1998) 374 copies
The Mystery on the Train (1996) 350 copies
The Firehouse Mystery (1997) 327 copies
The Outer Space Mystery (1997) 323 copies
The Ghost Town Mystery (1999) 318 copies
The Soccer Mystery (1997) 315 copies
The Mystery in San Francisco (1997) 302 copies
The Mystery at the Fair (1996) 295 copies
The Pet Shop Mystery (1996) 293 copies
The Mystery at the Alamo (1997) 290 copies
The Niagara Falls Mystery (1997) 282 copies
The Copycat Mystery (2001) 271 copies
The Movie Star Mystery (1999) 265 copies
The Basketball Mystery (1999) 260 copies
The Growling Bear Mystery (1997) 257 copies
The Home Run Mystery (2000) 251 copies
The Stuffed Bear Mystery (2002) 240 copies
The Candy Factory Mystery (2002) 224 copies
The Black Pearl Mystery (1998) 223 copies
The Gymnastics Mystery (1999) 223 copies
The Summer Camp Mystery (2001) 221 copies
Meet the Boxcar Children (1997) 220 copies
The Mystery in the Mall (1999) 207 copies
The Poison Frog Mystery (2000) 204 copies
The Cereal Box Mystery (1998) 201 copies
The Shackleton Sabotage (2017) 199 copies
The Mystery at Peacock Hall (1998) 191 copies
Journey on a Runaway Train (2017) 189 copies
The Mystery in the Old Attic (1997) 173 copies
The Mystery in New York (1999) 168 copies
The Mystery of the Star Ruby (2002) 165 copies
The Midnight Mystery (2003) 156 copies
The Hockey Mystery (2001) 153 copies
The Great Shark Mystery (2003) 140 copies
The Ice Cream Mystery (2003) 138 copies
A Present for Grandfather (1997) 128 copies
The Windy City Mystery (1998) 123 copies
Benny's New Friend (1998) 122 copies
The Clue in the Corn Maze (2004) 104 copies
The Magic Show Mystery (1998) 101 copies
Benny Goes Into Business (1999) 101 copies
The Game Store Mystery (2005) 101 copies
The Honeybee Mystery (2000) 101 copies
The Finders Keepers Mystery (2004) 99 copies
The Comic Book Mystery (2003) 93 copies
The Tattletale Mystery (2003) 90 copies
The Vanishing Passenger (2006) 90 copies
The Vampire Mystery (2009) 88 copies
The Radio Mystery (2003) 85 copies
Watch Runs Away (1999) 83 copies
The Spy Game (2009) 81 copies
The Dog-Gone Mystery (2009) 80 copies
The Seattle Puzzle (2007) 79 copies
The Giant Yo-Yo Mystery (2006) 78 copies
The Ghost in the First Row (2007) 76 copies
The Secret of the Mask (2007) 75 copies
The Box That Watch Found (2007) 73 copies
The Spy in the Bleachers (2010) 69 copies
The Cupcake Caper (2010) 68 copies
A Horse Named Dragon (2008) 63 copies
The Boardwalk Mystery (2013) 60 copies
The Rock N' Roll Mystery (2006) 57 copies
The Amazing Mystery Show (2010) 56 copies
The Great Detective Race (2008) 55 copies
The Khipu and the Final Key (2017) 54 copies
The Pumpkin Head Mystery (2010) 52 copies
The Great Turkey Heist (2011) 51 copies
Superstar Watch (2009) 51 copies
The Zombie Project (2011) 51 copies
The Garden Thief (2012) 49 copies
Benny's Saturday Surprise (2001) 44 copies
The Detour of the Elephants (2017) 43 copies
The Secret Under the Tree (2001) 42 copies
Monkey Trouble (2011) 40 copies
The Election Day Dilemma (2016) 39 copies
Watch, the Superdog! (2002) 35 copies
The Celebrity Cat Caper (2016) 34 copies
The Sleepy Hollow Mystery (2015) 33 copies
The Doughnut Whodunit (2018) 31 copies
Sam Makes Trouble (2002) 28 copies
Keys and Clues for Benny (2004) 25 copies
The Sea Turtle Mystery (2019) 24 copies
Benny's Boxcar Sleepover (2004) 21 copies
The Day of the Dead Mystery (2018) 20 copies
The Power Down Mystery (2019) 17 copies
The Hundred-Year Mystery (2019) 17 copies
Mystery at Camp Survival (2020) 13 copies
Science Fair Sabotage (2020) 13 copies
The Skeleton Key Mystery (2020) 12 copies
Ghost-Hunting Special (2015) 9 copies
1001 Nights (1954) 7 copies
The World in a Barn (1927) 6 copies
The Big Spill Rescue (2022) 5 copies
Abduction 1 copy

Associated Works

The Boxcar Children, A Graphic Novel #1 (2009) — Creator — 132 copies
The Castle Mystery, A Graphic Novel #12 (2010) — Creator — 105 copies
Mountain Top Mystery, A Graphic Novel #15 (2010) — Creator — 99 copies
Surprise Island, A Graphic Novel #2 (2009) — Creator — 83 copies
The Yellow House Mystery, A Graphic Novel #3 (2009) — Creator — 71 copies
Mystery Ranch, A Graphic Novel #4 (2009) — Creator — 67 copies
Blue Bay Mystery, A Graphic Novel #6 (2009) — Creator, some editions — 54 copies
Mike's Mystery, A Graphic Novel #5 (2009) — Created — 51 copies
The Lighthouse Mystery, A Graphic Novel #14 (2010) — Created — 41 copies
Snowbound Mystery, A Graphic Novel #7 (2010) — Creator — 41 copies
The Woodshed Mystery, A Graphic Novel #13 (2010) — Created — 39 copies
The Haunted Cabin Mystery, A Graphic Novel #9 (2010) — Creator — 35 copies
The Pizza Mystery, A Graphic Novel # 11 (2010) — Creator — 34 copies
The Amusement Park Mystery, A Graphic Novel #10 (1798) — Creator — 29 copies
Houseboat Mystery, A Graphic Novel #16 (2011) — Created — 23 copies
Mystery in the Sand, A Graphic Novel #18 (2011) — Creator — 16 copies
Bicycle Mystery, A Graphic Novel #17 (2011) — Created — 13 copies
More Chucklebait: Funny Stories for Everyone (1949) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1890-04-16
Date of death
1979-08-30
Burial location
Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam, Connecticut
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Putnam, Connecticut, USA
Place of death
Putnam, Connecticut, USA
Places of residence
Putnam, Connecticut, USA
Occupations
children's book author
Disambiguation notice
Warner is the author of the first 19 books in The Boxcar Children series; all of the remaining volumes were ghostwritten.

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Discussions

The Boxcar Children - comparative notes in Table For One (July 2023)

Reviews

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are brothers and sisters. They're orphans too, and the only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. When the children find an abandoned boxcar in the woods, they decide to call it home--and become the Boxcar Children!
 
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PlumfieldCH | 102 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
"The Boxcar Children" is a timeless classic that captures the spirit of adventure and resilience, inspiring readers to cherish the simple joys of life and the power of resourcefulness and teamwork
 
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alexablocker | 102 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Childhood dream. Four orphans find an abandoned box-car and turn it into a happy home. They live off the things they find. They find help from a dog and a local Dr.
 
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1970s (1)

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Tim Jessell Cover artist, Illustrator
Daniel Mark Duffy Illustrator
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Robert Dunn Illustrator
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Statistics

Works
433
Also by
20
Members
96,408
Popularity
#94
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
420
ISBNs
3,224
Languages
6
Favorited
20

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