Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie,
Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm. Although
times are hard, they’re happy—“the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One
day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near
their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them
in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair
Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the
lives of the Alden children.
Newbery Award–winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to
the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden
children’s origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar
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