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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacLachlan Narrator: Tim Gregory Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Boxcar Children Mysteries Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781621881186
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janssen | 11/1/2013

    " Sweet, but not amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/1/2013

    " I didn't hate it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan P | 8/31/2013

    " This short book tells the story of the Alden children "before they were the Boxcar Children". There's not much to it, but fans of the series will surely devour it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcie | 7/25/2013

    " Might require this as class easy reader. Only way to get in this series as "current" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 3/12/2013

    " I thought the writing was not very good and the story pedantic. Disappointed:( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mellodi Parks | 1/30/2013

    " Loved this beginning look of how things were before they were the Boxcar children. I may even revisit the old series as an adult now that I've read this book. Give this book a read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/1/2013

    " This was a really fun nostalgia piece for me because I loved the Boxcar Children as a child. MacLachlan was able to achieve the same loving tone and personality of the children. Also, I must, must, must go to the Boxcar Children Museum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deby | 12/18/2012

    " This story was wonderful...so believable, but the illustrations ruined the book. Why have such a touching story and print that reminded me of the original tale, then throw modern day, out of the era drawings on the pages? This spoiled the Alden family's story for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 11/4/2012

    " This was a good book to begin, "The Boxcar Children" series. It is the story of the boxcar children before they become the boxcar children and their family life before they find their grandfather. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Nagel | 11/1/2012

    " A simple but effective prequel to a beloved series. "

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About the Author
Author Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; and Word After Word After Word. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn’t Do It; and Before You Came, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

About the Narrator

Tim Gregory has been a professional on stage, screen, and television since graduating from DePaul University, where he earned his master of fine arts degree. His portfolio includes many notable acting, directing, and writing projects, including work at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. He is also the founding artistic director of Provision Theater in Chicago and can be seen on HGTV’s New Spaces.