THE BOXCAR CHILDREN by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are orphans. Determined to make it on their own, they set out to find a safe place to live. They discover an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home--and become the Boxcar Children.
My Thoughts: My third grade teacher read this book aloud to us and I loved it so much I took it out of the library immediately after and then had my mother buy it for me. It's a young, sweet book--definitely a kid's fantasy about how running away would be (just the good, fun stuff) and probably not at all realistic for today's youth. But I think they would still enjoy it! Also, this new cover (the one above) I think is really bad! This makes it look really outdated and out of touch. It's actually more of a nostalgic book which is why I think the publisher should go back to what I think is the original cover (or at least the cover it had when I was young). In the meantime, try reading this with a paper bag over the cover; once kids give it a chance, they'll like it!