Monday, January 02, 2012
Mystery Monday- The Boxcar Children
The siblings looking out for one another pulled at the familial strings in me. And the sisters closeness tugged at my wish for a sister. But the mysteries they found and solved kept me coming back for more too.
The original book and first 19 books of the series were written by an American school teacher, Gertrude Chandler Warner. The original book was published in 1924 and covered how the four orphaned Alden children, Henry, Jessie,Violet, and Benny, came to live in a boxcar.
The series took up after they moved in with their wealthy grandfather. The children solved mysteries from their boxcar now in their grandfather's backyard and while traveling with him on holidays.
There was a touch of the supernatural in some of the mysteries, but Henry and Jessie had the practical minds and would find the reason for anything that appeared "other-worldly". Most of the mysteries dealt with theft and the children usually became involved due to knowing the person they were helping.
Today the series has over 100 books. The original series was set in the 1940's and 50's some of which were written by other authors but always credited with "created by Gertrude Chandler Warner". The new "Specials" which were written after Warner's death are set in current times.
Do you remember the name of the Alden Children's dog? What was your first mystery?