Episode 37: The Boxcar Children #1

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The Boxcar Children #1

Allow us to (re)introduce you to Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden. You probably know them better as The Boxcar Children and the protagonists of the now 150+ titles in the beloved series of the same name. Having been orphaned, the children are left to fend for themselves, and they rebuild their lives in an abandoned boxcar. In Episode 37, writer and educator Abby Wolfe joins Alli to chat about the first book in the series (The Boxcar Children #1). Tune in to listen to them talk about important lessons of resourcefulness and perspective, discuss the heteronormative stereotypes that are so often imposed on young children, and speculate on just how many pine needles it would take to turn a boxcar into a cozy home.

Follow Abby on Twitter @shmabbywolfe and Instagram @shmab, and stay tuned for her forthcoming podcast!


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

In the Woods: A Novel by Tana French

The Likeness by Tana French

Faithful Place by Tana French


“What the hell happened to the Boxcar Children’s parents?” (AV Club, 2015)

The Boxcar Children and the Spirit of Capitalism” (The New Yorker, 2016)

“The Boxcar Children are getting a movie. Here’s how they became immortal crime fighters.” (Vox, 2016)

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The new Boxcar Children cover — very controversial!

The new Boxcar Children cover — very controversial!