Boxcar Children Author Gertrude Chandler Warner

Gertrude Chandler Warner

Gertrude, a very sickly children took up writing at the age of 9.  Born and raised in Connecticut, Gertrude Warner was a former school teacher before she became the famous author of the "Boxcar Children Series".  The Boxcar children series contain 99 books.  These books have been translated into four different languages.

As a child, Gertrude was so sickly that she could not attend school.  She was home schooled by her parents and grandparents.  Her first writings were for her grandfather which then mushroomed into being a famous and legendary author.  The first book in the Boxcar series was about four children trying to find their grandfather and ended up living in a boxcar. 

Gertrude was born in 1890 and died in 1979.  Her favorite book as a child was Alice's In Wonderland.  In 2004, a Gertrude Warner museum was opened.  The museum is a red boxcar to honor the famous author.

Gertrude Warner

Books Contained in The Boxcar Children Series 1-50

  1. Boxcar Children, the (1942)
  2. Surprise Island (1949)
  3. Yellow House Mystery, the (1953)
  4. Mystery Ranch (1958)
  5. Mike's Mystery (1960)
  6. Blue Bay Mystery (1961)
  7. Woodshed Mystery, the (1962)
  8. Lighthouse Mystery, the (1963)
  9. Mountain Top Mystery (1964)
  10. Schoolhouse Mystery (1965)
  11. Caboose Mystery (1966)
  12. Houseboat Mystery (1967)
  13. Snowbound Mystery (1968)
  14. Tree House Mystery (1969)
  15. Bicycle Mystery (1970)
  16. Mystery in the Sand (1971)
  17. Mystery Behind the Wall (1973)
  18. Bus Station Mystery (1974)
  19. Benny Uncovers a Mystery (1976)
  20. Haunted Cabin Mystery, the (1991)
  21. Deserted Library Mystery, the (1991)
  22. Animal Shelter Mystery, the (1991)
  23. Old Motel Mystery, the (1991)
  24. Mystery of the Hidden Painting, the (1992)
  25. Amusement Park Mystery, the (1992)
  26. Mystery of the Mixed-Up Zoo, the (1992)
  27. Camp-Out Mystery, the (1992)
  28. Mystery Girl, the (1992)
  29. Mystery Cruise, the (1992)
  30. Disappearing Friend Mystery, the (1992)
  31. Mystery of the Singing Ghost, the (1992)
  32. Mystery in the Snow, the (1992)
  33. Pizza Mystery, the (1993)
  34. Mystery Horse, the (1993)
  35. Mystery at the Dog Show, the (1993)
  36. Castle Mystery, the (1993)
  37. Mystery of the Lost Village, the (1993)
  38. Mystery of the Purple Pool, the (1994)
  39. Ghost Ship Mystery, the (1994)
  40. Canoe Trip Mystery, the (1994)
  41. Mystery of the Hidden Beach, the (1994)
  42. Mystery of the Missing Cat, the (1994)
  43. Mystery on Stage, the (1994)
  44. Dinosaur Mystery, the (1995)
  45. Mystery of the Stolen Music, the (1995)
  46. Chocolate Sundae Mystery, the (1995)
  47. Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon, the (1995)
  48. Mystery Bookstore, the (1995)
  49. Mystery of the Stolen Boxcar, the (1995)
  50. Mystery in the Cave (1996)

Books Contained in The Boxcar Children Series 51-99

  1. Mystery on the Train, the (1996)
  2. Mystery of the Lost Mine, the (1996)
  3. Guide Dog Mystery, the (1996)
  4. Hurricane Mystery, the (1996)
  5. Mystery of the Secret Message, the (1996)
  6. Firehouse Mystery, the (1997)
  7. Mystery in San Francisco, the (1997)
  8. Mystery at the Alamo, the (1997)
  9. Outer Space Mystery, the (1997)
  10. Soccer Mystery, the (1997)
  11. Growling Bear Mystery, the (1997)
  12. Mystery of the Lake Monster, the (1998)
  13. Mystery at Peacock Hall, the (1998)
  14. Black Pearl Mystery, the (1998)
  15. Cereal Box Mystery, the (1998)
  16. Panther Mystery, the (1998)
  17. Mystery of the Stolen Sword, the (1998)
  18. Basketball Mystery, the (1999)
  19. Movie Star Mystery, the (1999)
  20. Mystery of the Pirate's Map, the (1999)
  21. Ghost Town Mystery, the (1999)
  22. Mystery in the Mall, the (1999)
  23. Gymnastics Mystery, the (1999)
  24. Poison Frog Mystery, the (2000)
  25. Mystery of the Empty Safe, the (2000)
  26. Great Bicycle Race Mystery, the (2000)
  27. Mystery of the Wild Ponies, the (2000)
  28. Mystery in the Computer Game, the (2000)
  29. Mystery at the Crooked House, the (2000)
  30. Hockey Mystery, the (2001)
  31. Mystery of the Midnight Dog, the (2001)
  32. Summer Camp Mystery, the (2001)
  33. Copycat Mystery, the (2001)
  34. Haunted Clock Tower Mystery, the (2001)
  35. Disappearing Staircase Mystery, the (2001)
  36. Mystery on Blizzard Mountain, the (2002)
  37. Mystery of the Spider's Clue, the (2002)
  38. Mystery of the Mummy's Curse, the (2002)
  39. Mystery of the Star Ruby, the (2002)
  40. Stuffed Bear Mystery, the (2002)
  41. Mystery at Skeleton Point, the (2002)
  42. Tattletale Mystery, the (2003)
  43. Comic Book Mystery, the (2003)
  44. Ice Cream Mystery, the (2003)
  45. Midnight Mystery, the (2003)
  46. Mystery in the Fortune Cookie, the (2003)
  47. Radio Mystery, the (2003)
  48. Mystery of the Runaway Ghost, the (2004)
  49. Finders Keepers Mystery, the (2004) 

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Barbara Scalise 6 years ago

Visit the Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Children Museum on Facebook for more of a peek into the museum. The museum is located in Putnam Ct. and is open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00-4:00 from May 15-Oct 15.


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

I read one of those books as a child and absolutely loved it. I did not realize it was a series.

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