Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather and theyre going on an exciting trip to New York City! The children have a great time visiting the Empire State Building and ice skating at Rockefeller Center. But they discover something very strange at the hotel swimming pool: Someone has dyed the water bright purple! Who would do that? And why?
The Boxcar Children Series was created by Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, when she realized that there were few, if any, books for children that were both easy and fun to read. She drew on her own experiences in writing the mysteries. As a child, she had spent hours watching trains near her home, and often dreamed about what it would be like to live in a caboose or freight car. In each story, she chose a special setting and introduced unpredictable, unusual or eccentric characters, to help highlight the Aldens independence and resourcefulness. Miss Warner lived in Putnam, Massachusetts until her death in 1979.
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