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Gertrude Chandler Warner Books In Order

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Books

The Boxcar Children (1942) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surprise Island (1949) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow House Mystery (1953) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Ranch (1958) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mike's Mystery (1960) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Bay Mystery (1961) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Woodshed Mystery (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lighthouse Mystery (1963) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mountain Top Mystery (1964) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Schoolhouse Mystery (1965) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caboose Mystery (1966) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Houseboat Mystery (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowbound Mystery (1968) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tree House Mystery (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bicycle Mystery (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Sand (1971) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Behind the Wall (1973) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bus Station Mystery (1974) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny Uncovers a Mystery (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Cabin Mystery (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Deserted Library (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Animal Shelter Mystery (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old Motel Mystery (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Hidden Painting (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amusement Park Mystery (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Zoo (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Camp-Out Mystery (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Girl (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Cruise (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Disappearing Friend Mystery (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Singing Ghost (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Snow (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pizza Mystery (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Horse (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at the Dog Show (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Castle Mystery (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Lost Village (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Purple Pool (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Ship Mystery (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Canoe Trip Mystery (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Hidden Beach (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Missing Cat (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery on Stage (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dinosaur Mystery (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Stolen Music (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chocolate Sundae Mystery (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Bookstore (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Stolen Boxcar (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Cave (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery on the Train (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Lost Mine (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Guide Dog Mystery (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hurricane Mystery (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Secret Message (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Firehouse Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in San Francisco (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at the Alamo (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outer Space Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Soccer Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Growling Bear Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Lake Monster (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of Peacock Hall (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Pearl Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cereal Box Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Panther Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Stolen Sword (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Basketball Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Movie Star Mystery (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Pirate's Map (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost Town Mystery (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Mall (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gymnastics Mystery (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poison Frog Mystery (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Empty Safe (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Bicycle Race Mystery (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Wild Ponies (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Computer Game (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Crooked House (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hockey Mystery (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Midnight Dog (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Summer Camp Mystery (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Copycat Mystery (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Clock Tower Mystery (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Disappearing Staircase Mystery (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery on Blizzard Mountain (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Spider's Clue (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Mummy's Curse (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Star Ruby (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stuffed Bear Mystery (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at Skeleton Point (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tattletale Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Comic Book Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ice Cream Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Midnight Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Radio Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Finders Keepers Mystery (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Haunted Boxcar (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clue in the Corn Maze (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost of the Chattering Bones (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sword of the Silver Knight (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Game Store Mystery (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Orphan Train (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vanishing Passenger (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Giant Yo-Yo Mystery (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Creature in Ogopogo Lake (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rock 'n' Roll Mystery (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of the Mask (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seattle Puzzle (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost in the First Row (207) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Box That Watch Found (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Horse Named Dragon (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Detective Race (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghost at the Drive-In Movie (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Traveling Tomatoes (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy Game (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dog-Gone Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vampire Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Superstar Watch (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy in the Bleachers (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Amazing Mystery Show (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pumpkin Head Mystery (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cupcake Caper (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Special Books

The Mystery on the Ice (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in Washington D.C. (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at Snowflake Inn (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at the Ballpark (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pilgrim Village Mystery (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery at the Fair (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pet Shop Mystery (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Niagara Falls Mystery (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in the Old Attic (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Windy City Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Queen's Jewels (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Black Raven (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery in New York (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Home Run Mystery (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Honeybee Mystery (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Screech Owl (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Tiger's Eye (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Candy Factory Mystery (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of Alligator Swamp (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Shark Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Widow Spider Mystery (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Adventures Of Benny and Watch Books

Meet the Boxcar Children (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Present for Grandfather (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny's New Friend (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magic Show Mystery (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny Goes Into Business (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Watch Runs Away (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret Under the Tree (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny's Saturday Surprise (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam Makes Trouble (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Watch, the Superdog! (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Keys and Clues for Benny (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benny's Boxcar Sleepover (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Graphic Novels

The Boxcar Children (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Surprise Island (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yellow House Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Ranch (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mike's Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blue Bay Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowbound Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tree House Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haunted Cabin Mystery (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amusement Park Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pizza Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Castle Mystery (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Woodshed Mystery (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lighthouse Mystery (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mountaintop Mystery (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The House of Delight (1916) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World in a Barn (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World on a Farm (1931) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter Piper, Missionary Parakeet (1967) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Star Stories for Little Folks (1947) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Fire in a Haystack: An Unrehearsed Play (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Good Americans: First Lessons for the Littlest Ones (1926) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Windows into Alaska: A Course for Primary Children, Stories and Notes for Teachers (1928) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Gertrude Chandler Warner was one of the prominent authors of America who was well known for her novels based on the children’s book genre. She was particularly famous for writing down the highly successful novel series called The Boxcar Children. Author Warner was born on 16 April, 1890, in Putnam, Connecticut, and died on 30 August, 1979. Her parents were Jane Elizabeth Warner and Edgar Warner. The family of Warner also included an elder sister named Frances and a younger brother named John. She added the middle name Chandler to her name in memory of her mother’s ancestors, who were Chandlers settled near Woodstock, Connecticut during the time of the year 1686. The father of author Warner was a law graduate from the Harvard Law School in the year 1872 and used to practice as an attorney in Putnam, Connecticut. The house of the Warner family in Putnam was located on the Main Street across the railroad station. When author Warner was 5 years old, she used to dream of becoming a popular author. Quite passionately, she began writing in 10 cent blank notebooks as soon as she was able to hold a pencil in her hand.

The first book that she wrote as a child was the imitation of the Golliwog stories originally written by Florence Kate Upton. She had named the book as ‘Golliwog at the Zoo’ The book consisted of several verses from the original book and was illustrated with the help of water colors of Golliwog and the 2 Dutch clocks. When she finished writing the story in her own words and imagination, author Warner presented it to her grandfather. From then on, she had made it a custom to present one handmade book to her grandfather as a present on every Christmas. As she grew older, she began showing lots of interest in reading. One of her favorite books included The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. As author Warner’s family had a musical background, she too was predisposed to choose and play an instrument of her choice. She chose the cello, after which her father gifted her a cello kit at a very young age. Author Warner used to fall ill quite frequently and as a result of that, she was not able to complete her high school studies. She left in the sophomore year and her father hired a private tutor so that she could learn from him and finish her secondary education.

In the year 1918, author Warner was mainly involved in teaching Sunday School. On the occasion of the First World War, every male citizen of the country was called to serve for the country and the females were called to teach in school as their replacements. Author Warner was also called in such a manner to teach the first grade students in a school. From then on, she continued to teach the students of the grade school up to the year 1950 in Putnam, Connecticut. During the same period, she also returned to school for the formal completion of her own education and enrolled in summer school at the Yale University. Author Warner was a deep lover of mother nature. During her growing years, she maintained a collection of moths and butterflies, learned about the birds in her region, pressed wildflowers, and also maintained a garden. In fact, she used to teach her students at grade school using those interests. Many a times, she used to make use of the nature themes in her novels. This can very well be seen in the second novel of The Boxcar Children series titled ‘Surprise Island’, in which the Alden kids prepare a nature museum with the help of seaweeds, shells, flowers, etc.; that they collect and the bird shapes that they observe.

Author Warner also used to sponsor the stone gathering and wildflower picking contests among her grade school students. In the original ‘The Boxcar Children’ series, she has written a number of novels for children. She was helped in her determined efforts by her sister Frances Warner, who was an essayist herself. As per her personal life is concerned, author Warner never got married in her life. She lived in the house of her parents for almost 40 years. After that, she shifted to the house of her grandmother. In the year 1962, author Warner shifted to a brown shingled house along with a retired nurse as her companion. In the later parts of her life before her death at the age of 89, author Gertrude Chandler Warner volunteered for the Connecticut Cancer organization called as the American Red Cross. She also associated with a number of other charitable societies. After her death in the year 1979, she was cremated in the Grove Street Cemetery, located in Putnam, Connecticut.

The Boxcar Children series consists of around 143 novels in total, of which only 19 were originally written by author Gertrude Chandler Warner and the remaining ones were written by the subsequent authors. One of the earliest novels of the series is titled as ‘Surprise Island’, which was released by the Albert Whitman and Company in the year 1989, but was first released in the year 1949. The story of this book revolves around 4 main characters named Jessie Alden, Henry Alden, Violet Alden, and Benny Alden, and is set in the United States. At the beginning of the novel, author Warner has described the 4 children- Jessie, Henry, Benny, and Violet, as living in a boxcar, alone. After some time, they go on to have their own house along with their grandfather and spend their summer their summer on the private island owned by their grandfather. But, there seems to be a mysterious stranger with a deadly secret roaming on the island.

Now, the stranger is not the only surprise that the Boxcar children come across on the island. One of the other initial books in The Boxcar Children series written by author Gertrude Chandler Warner was published under the title ‘Mystery Ranch’. This novel was released by the Albert Whitman and Company in the year 1989, after having been originally released in the year 1957. The story of this novel also takes place in the United States and continues to feature the same characters of Jessie Alden, Henry Alden, Benny Alden, and Violet Alden. At the start of this novel, it is shown that the Boxcar children visit the house of the sister of their grandfather, named Aunt Jane, during one summer and try to help her get out of her unhappiness and misery. Throughout the summer, they keep indulging in exciting activities with Aunt Jane in order to cheer her up and bring some joy in her life. In the end, they come across a surprising discovery related to Aunt Jane and the Mystery Ranch owned by her.

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