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Publication Order of Boxcar Children Books

The Boxcar Children (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Movie Star Mystery (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surprise Island (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Yellow House Mystery (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Ranch (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mike's Mystery (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Bay Mystery (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woodshed Mystery (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lighthouse Mystery (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain Top Mystery (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Schoolhouse Mystery (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caboose Mystery (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Houseboat Mystery (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Snowbound Mystery (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tree House Mystery (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bicycle Mystery (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Sand (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Behind the Wall (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bus Station Mystery (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Benny Uncovers a Mystery (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Animal Shelter Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Cabin Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deserted Library Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old Motel Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearing Friend Mystery (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Girl (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Singing Ghost (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Hidden Painting (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amusement Park Mystery (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Zoo (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Camp-Out Mystery (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Cruise (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in the Snow (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle Mystery (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pizza Mystery (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Horse (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at the Dog Show (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Lost Village (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Canoe Trip Mystery (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Purple Pool (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Ship Mystery (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Hidden Beach (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Missing Cat (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery on Stage (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dinosaur Mystery (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Stolen Music (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chocolate Sundae Mystery (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Bookstore (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Stolen Boxcar (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in the Cave (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Lost Mine (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Secret Message (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery on the Train (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Lost Mine (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Guide Dog Mystery (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hurricane Mystery (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Secret Message (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boxcar Children Bookshelf (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in San Francisco (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outer Space Mystery (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at the Alamo (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Firehouse Mystery (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Soccer Mystery (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Growling Bear Mystery (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cereal Box Mystery (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at Peacock Hall (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Panther Mystery (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Pearl Mystery (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Lake Monster (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Stolen Sword (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in the Mall (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Basketball Mystery (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gymnastics Mystery (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Pirate's Map (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Town Mystery (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Wild Ponies (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Empty Safe (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at the Crooked House (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poison Frog Mystery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Bicycle Race Mystery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in the Computer Game (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hockey Mystery (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Copycat Mystery (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Midnight Dog (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer Camp Mystery (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Clock Tower Mystery (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearing Staircase Mystery (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Mummy's Curse (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stuffed Bear Mystery (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Spider's Clue (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery on Blizzard Mountain (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Star Ruby (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery at Skeleton Point (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery of the Fortune Cookie (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ice Cream Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tattletale Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Comic Book Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Radio Mystery (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clue In The Corn Maze (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Of The Haunted Boxcar (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Finders Keepers Mystery (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Of The Chattering Bones (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sword of the Silver Knight (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Game Store Mystery (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Orphan Train (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Yo-yo Mystery (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Creature in Ogopogo Lake (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vanishing Passenger (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rock 'n' Roll Mystery (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of the Mask (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost in the First Row (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Seattle Puzzle (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Box That Watch Found (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Detective Race (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Horse Named Dragon (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost At The Drive-In Movie (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery Of The Traveling Tomatoes (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boxcar Children Mysteries Dog Lovers' Special (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Superstar Watch (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Game (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dog-gone Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Vampire Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy in the Bleachers (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amazing Mystery Show (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pumpkin Head Mystery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cupcake Caper (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clue in the Recycling Bin (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Zombie Project (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Soccer Snitch (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Legend of the Irish Castle (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Election Day Dilemma (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sea Turtle Mystery (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery at Camp Survival (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Skeleton Key Mystery (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble on the Wild West Express (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Raptor Rescue (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Special Books

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

Publication Order of The Boxcar Children Great Adventure Books

Journey on a Runaway Train (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clue in the Papyrus Scroll (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Detour of the Elephants (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shackleton Sabotage (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Khipu and the Final Key (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Endangered Animals Books

Mystery of the Spotted Leopard (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Adventures of Benny and Watch Books

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

Publication Order of Boxcar Children Graphic Novels

The Yellow House Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tree House Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surprise Island (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boxcar Children (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Ranch (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blue Bay Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mike's Mystery (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haunted Cabin Mystery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amusement Park Mystery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pizza Mystery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Castle Mystery (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woodshed Mystery (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lighthouse Mystery (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain Top Mystery (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Jessie Files Books

with Stacia Deutsch
The Friendship Feature (With: Stacia Deutsch) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Talk of the Town (With: Stacia Deutsch) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Dramatic Disappearance (With: Stacia Deutsch) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The House of Delight (1916)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World in a Barn (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World on a Farm (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Piper Missionary Parakeet (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fair Sabotage (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Star Stories for Little Folks (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Plays

Fire in a Haystack: An Unrehearsed Play (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Good Americans: First Lessons for the Littlest Ones (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
Windows into Alaska: A Course for Primary Children, Stories and Notes for Teachers (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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