The Mystery of the Haunted Boxcar created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
One night the Aldens look out towards their boxcar and they see a light. Someone is in their boxcar, or something. They start to find things moved around in their boxcar. Is it haunted? They find a secret compartment in their boxcar and inside of that they find a journal. It belonged to a little girl who had apparently lived in the boxcar before they did. They want to know what happened to her and if she is haunting their boxcar.
Meanwhile, a man who likes boxcars tell the Aldens they should put theirs in a museum, which the Aldens don’t like the sound of. Could he be going in their boxcar at night? Strange things continue to happen, such as a cookie getting eaten when no one was around. Everything finally comes to light, so maybe the boxcar isn’t haunted.
What I liked
Cookies are fun. I like cookies.
What I didn’t like
First of all, it’s kind of sad that anyone would live in a boxcar. The Aldens had a sad situation where they lived in their boxcar for a time, but apparently someone lived in it before them. That’s just even more sad. How sad is this boxcar going to get?
Here the Aldens go again not believing in ghosts. You might think some kids who have seen so many weird things might believe in ghosts, just a little.
oooooooohhhhhh…I’m a ghost and the Aldens don’t believe in me. I’m going to go eat their cookies.
Would you live in a boxcar?
If there is inexplicable activity in your house, do you say it’s the wind or do you say it’s a ghost?