The Boxcar Children is a series of books that was started by Gertrude Chandler Warner. As of 2011, there are currently 150 books, 19 of which were written by Warner and 21 of which are Boxcar Children specials.


When Warner was a schoolteacher in the 1920s, it occurred to her that there were no entertaining books for students just learning to read. She set out to write her own, reading it aloud to her class as she wrote in order to make it easy to understand. This resulted in the first book, The Boxcar Children, published in 1924. Because of its popularity, it was republished in 1942, and eventually a whole series followed, beginning with the publication of Surprise Island in 1949.

After Warner's death in 1979, the series ended for some time. In 1991, Scholastic began hiring ghostwriters to write new installments under Warner's name, beginning with The Haunted Cabin Mystery. The most recent installment is 2011's The Great Turkey Heist, and more books are planned for the future.


Gertrude Chandler Warner, and many other authors.

Other books in the series have been written by other writers, but always feature the byline "Created by Gertrude Chandler Warner". -

List of Books in Series

  1. The Boxcar Children
  2. Surprise Island
  3. The Yellow House Mystery
  4. Mystery Ranch
  5. Mike's Mystery
  6. Blue Bay Mystery
  7. The Woodshed Mystery
  8. The Lighthouse Mystery
  9. Mountain Top Mystery
  10. Schoolhouse Mystery
  11. Caboose Mystery
  12. Houseboat Mystery
  13. Snowbound Mystery
  14. Tree House Mystery
  15. Bicycle Mystery
  16. Mystery in the Sand
  17. Mystery Behind the Wall
  18. Bus Station Mystery
  19. Benny Uncovers a Mystery
  20. The Haunted Cabin Mystery
  21. The Deserted Library Mystery
  22. The Animal Shelter Mystery
  23. The Old Motel Mystery
  24. The Mystery of the Hidden Painting
  25. The Amusement Park Mystery
  26. The Mystery of the Mixed-Up Zoo
  27. The Camp-Out Mystery
  28. The Mystery Girl
  29. The Mystery Cruise
  30. The Disappearing Friend Mystery
  31. The Mystery of the Singing Ghost
  32. The Mystery in the Snow
  33. The Pizza Mystery
  34. The Mystery Horse
  35. The Mystery At The Dog Show
  36. The Castle Mystery
  37. The Mystery of the Lost Village
  38. The Mystery of the Purple Pool
  39. The Ghost Ship Mystery
  40. The Canoe Trip Mystery
  41. The Mystery of the Hidden Beach
  42. The Mystery of the Missing Cat
  43. The Mystery on Stage
  44. The Dinosaur Mystery
  45. The Mystery of the Stolen Music
  46. The Chocolate Sundae Mystery
  47. The Mystery of the Hot Air Balloon
  48. The Mystery Bookstore
  49. The Mystery of the Stolen Boxcar
  50. Mystery in the Cave
  51. The Mystery on the Train
  52. The Mystery of the Lost Mine
  53. The Guide Dog Mystery
  54. The Hurricane Mystery
  55. The Mystery of the Secret Message
  56. The Firehouse Mystery
  57. The Mystery in San Francisco
  58. The Mystery at the Alamo
  59. The Outer Space Mystery
  60. The Soccer Mystery
  61. The Growling Bear Mystery
  62. The Mystery of the Lake Monster
  63. The Mystery at Peacock Hall
  64. The Black Pearl Mystery
  65. The Cereal Box Mystery
  66. The Panther Mystery
  67. The Mystery of the Stolen Sword
  68. The Basketball Mystery
  69. The Movie Star Mystery
  70. The Mystery of the Pirate's Map
  71. The Ghost Town Mystery
  72. The Mystery in the Mall
  73. The Gymnastics Mystery
  74. The Poison Frog Mystery
  75. The Mystery of the Empty Safe
  76. The Great Bicycle Race Mystery
  77. The Mystery of the Wild Ponies
  78. The Mystery in the Computer Game
  79. The Mystery at the Crooked House
  80. The Hockey Mystery
  81. The Mystery of the Midnight Dog
  82. The Summer Camp Mystery
  83. The Copycat Mystery
  84. The Haunted Clock Tower Mystery
  85. The Disappearing Staircase Mystery
  86. The Mystery on Blizzard Mountain
  87. The Mystery of the Spider's Clue
  88. The Mystery of the Mummy's Curse
  89. The Mystery of the Star Ruby
  90. The Stuffed Bear Mystery
  91. The Mystery at Skeleton Point
  92. The Tattletale Mystery
  93. The Comic Book Mystery
  94. The Ice Cream Mystery
  95. The Midnight Mystery
  96. The Mystery in the Fortune Cookie
  97. The Radio Mystery
  98. The Mystery of the Runaway Ghost
  99. The Finders Keepers Mystery
  100. The Mystery of the Haunted Boxcar
  101. The Clue in the Corn Maze
  102. The Ghost of the Chattering Bones
  103. The Sword of the Silver Knight
  104. The Game Store Mystery
  105. The Mystery of the Orphan Train
  106. The Vanishing Passenger
  107. The Giant Yo-Yo Mystery
  108. The Creature in Ogopogo Lake
  109. The Rock and Roll Mystery
  110. The Secret of the Mask
  111. The Seattle Puzzle
  112. The Ghost in the First Row
  113. The Box that Watch Found
  114. A Horse Named Dragon
  115. The Great Detective Race
  116. The Ghost at the Drive-In Movie
  117. The Mystery of the Traveling Tomatoes
  118. The Spy Game
  119. The Dog-Gone Mystery
  120. The Vampire Mystery
  121. Superstar Watch
  122. The Spy in the Bleachers
  123. The Amazing Mystery Show
  124. The Pumpkin Head Mystery
  125. The Cupcake Caper
  126. The Clue in the Recycling Bin
  127. Monkey Trouble
  128. The Zombie Project
  129. The Great Turkey Heist
  130. The Garden Thief
  131. The Boardwalk Mystery
  132. Mystery of the Lost Treasure
  133. The Return of the Graveyard Ghost

Special Editions

  1. The Mystery On The Ice
  2. The Mystery in Washington, D.C.
  3. The Mystery at Snowflake Inn
  4. The Mystery at the Ballpark
  5. The Pilgrim Village Mystery
  6. The Mystery at the Fair
  7. The Pet Shop Mystery
  8. The Niagara Falls Mystery
  9. The Mystery in the Old Attic
  10. The Windy City Mystery
  11. The Mystery of the Queen's Jewels
  12. The Mystery of the Black Raven
  13. The Mystery in New York
  14. The Home Run Mystery
  15. The Honeybee Mystery
  16. The Mystery of the Screech Owl
  17. The Mystery of the Tiger's Eye
  18. The Candy Factory Mystery
  19. The Mystery of Alligator Swamp
  20. The Great Shark Mystery
  21. The Black Widow Spider Mystery

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