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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Tim Gregor Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Boxcar Children Mysteries Release Date:
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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 adventures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An approachable lead-in that serves to fill in the background both for confirmed fans and readers new to the series.

    Kirkus review

  • “Fans will enjoy this picture of life 'before,'…”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gently written, and harkening to a simpler time, this story will be an enjoyable family read and will serve as an easy-to-understand chapter book for emerging readers.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heidi Schutt | 2/15/2014

    " Well-written and thoughtful prequel to the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It answered all the questions I had as I read the stories growing up. How did the Aldens' parents die? Why didn't they want to live with their grandfather? Where were they going when they discovered the boxcar? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ashley M. | 2/6/2014

    " Wasn't quite as good as I expected it to be, considering it's the Boxcar Children and a story of how it all began before the first book. Guess I had too high expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate Mowery | 12/24/2013

    " I think this adequately captures the spirit and tone of the original books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 11/3/2013

    " I would have absolutely LOVED this book as a 7-8 year old. Perfect for that age group! ...I loved all of the Boxcar Children at that age and this one would have been a favorite for sure. "

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