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Surprise Island (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #2) Paperback – January 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Boxcar Children Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807576743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807576748
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Summer vacation on an almost private island gives the Aldens a challenge.

About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in 1890 in Putnam, Connecticut, where she taught school and wrote The Boxcar Children because she had often imagined how delightful it would be to live in a caboose or freight car. Encouraged by its success, she went on to write eighteen more stories about the Alden Children.

More About the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner was born in Putnam, Connecticut, on April 16, 1890, to Edgar and Jane Warner. Her family included a sister, Frances, and a brother, John. From the age of five, she dreamed of becoming an author. She wrote stories for her Grandfather Carpenter, and each Christmas she gave him one of these stories as a gift. Today, Ms. Warner is best remembered as the author of The Boxcar Children Mysteries.

Customer Reviews

Great Classic children's book!
JR
OK, once you read the first book, you have to read the second one.
P. Lee
My 9 year old son loves these books!!
JAG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J B on August 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I still enjoy these books even though the real thrill of reading them only happens when you're still a child. I remember not liking this one much the first time through, actually, but then a year later or so re-reading it and liking it.
Basically it's a summer of re-living the survival skills of the first book, except they are in a barn on their grandfather's island. A captain and his so-called handyman live close by to help if anything should happen. But the handyman seems to know a lot, and the children find it hard to believe that he's only a handyman.
This book also marks the first appearance of Benny's friend Mike, who plays a pretty important role in some of the books to come. It also hints at the yellow house, which was what spurred the story of the third book (the first real mystery in the series).
Definitely should be read as part of the real Boxcar Children experience - not the foundationless fluff written by various authors of today.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I say "So many surprises," I really mean it! For example, the children find Indian artifacts, when they never thought they would. Benny and his friend found a mini-cave. I like this book because it had so many surprises!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shelly Rae on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Growing up in the same town as Ms. Chandler, I was lucky enough to go to the library to hear her read her stories. I loved them. I wasn't sure if my kids 30 years later would love them as much as I did. I think we've read the Boxcar #1 at least 6 times. The kids just love the idea of setting up a home, without adults, and taking care of themselves. Who doesn't love the pink cracked cup and the stream cooler. I wasn't sure if Surprise Island would have the same kind of magic. It did! Not only did it have a lot of the same elements as the first one, my boys loved the kids finding Indian relics, and mystery of who Joe was and of course why can't they go into the yellow house? (read #3 for that one). It is so refreshing that a book written so many years ago can be relevant today, that you don't need potty humor,TV show references or violence to engage children's imaginations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Lee on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have many of the Boxcar children books. They are really colorful on my bookshelf because of the differnt colors of the spines of the books. OK, once you read the first book, you have to read the second one. It is really good for people who are adventurous just like the Boxcar Children. This set of books are perfect for young readers. Parents, These are perfect for your kids. They are short and sweet. I recommend this for children in the Third and Fourth Grades
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Boxcar Children #2 Suprise Island is a great book for kids and others 15 and under. My favorite part was when the kids found Indian Point and all the artifacts hidden there. After they found all the artifacts they made there own museum. My other favorite part was when the dogs raced each other. When they had to leave they weren't very disspointed because they knew that they were going to come back.The author is such a realistic writer that when you read this book you think that you are there with them.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "thebookreader" on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mysteryous adventures welcome The Boxcar Children to Suprise Island, a mysteryous private island that the children visit in the second book in THE BOXCAR CHILDREN series.
One of the very rare orginal books, truly written by Gurtrude Chandler Warner, it follows the newest adventures of Henery, Jessie, Vilot, and Benny as they attempt to solve the mystery of the island's stranger who cannot reveal his identy to them.... This book is even more gripping and mysteryous than the forerunner, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, and will delight those who consider themselves friends of the Alden family.
Also Reccomended: The Boxcar Children (#1), The Yellow House Mystery (#3), Mystery Ranch (#4), Mike's Mystery (#5), Blue Bay Mystery (#6), The Woodshed Mystery (#7), The Lighthouse Mystery (#8) Mountian Top Mystery (#9), Schoolhouse Mystery (#10) Caboose Mystery (#11), Houseboat Mystery (#12), Snowbound Mystery (#13), Tree House Mystery (#14), Bicycle Mystery (#15), Mystery in the Sand (#16), Mystery Behind the Wall (#17), Bus Station Mystery (#18), Benny Uncovers a Mystery (#19)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
These books seem best suited for a young reader who is moving beyond simple chapter books and who needs a transition to more demanding fare. The characters are fine, the writing is straightforward, the plots are not very complex. Because the children are resourceful and creative, and because the books are set in exciting locales, (this one is on a private island), there is a lot of room for the reader to daydream, imagine the scenes and join in on the adventure. I can see why many reviewers have fond memories of these books from their own childhoods, and even though they are a bit dated there is a certain timeless quality to the adventures that help them work now for a more modern reader, (did I mention they're on a deserted island?).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Johnson on December 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Boxcar Children have great books. Can't wait to get The Boxcar Children book #3! These books are amazing! Get this awesome book. A list of things that I like about it:
1. This book has a bunch of amazing chapters.
2. It is very inspiring.
Get the message? YOU MUST GET THIS BOOK!!!!!
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