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Surprise Island

Surprise Island

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by Gertrude Chandler Warner

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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden have a home with their grandfather—but their adventures are just beginning! They’re about to spend the summer camping on their own private island. The island is full of surprises, including a kind stranger with a secret. Join the Boxcar Children in their graphic novel adventure on Surprise Island!


Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden have a home with their grandfather—but their adventures are just beginning! They’re about to spend the summer camping on their own private island. The island is full of surprises, including a kind stranger with a secret. Join the Boxcar Children in their graphic novel adventure on Surprise Island!

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Whitman, Albert & Company
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Boxcar Children Graphic Novels Series , #2
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Barnes & Noble
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6 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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Surprise Island

By Rob M. Worley, Stephanie Hedlund, Mike Dubisch


Copyright © 2009 Abdo Consulting Group, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-2011-5



The four Alden children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny ran all the way home. Their grandfather, Mr. Alden, had promised them a surprise.

School is out for the whole summer!

Was this the day I said I'd tell you?

You said you'd tell us the minute school was out.

Once upon a time, my father bought an island.

He bought one!

Yes. A small one. If you want to stay there all summer you may.

Mr. Alden drove them to the ocean. Dr. Moore and his mother came along to enjoy the fun.

Captain Daniel will take us in the motorboat across to the island.

There's our island! Our very own island!

You children are going to live in the barn!

As soon as they landed, the children ran straight to the barn.


Let's bring down some straw for beds.

I can cook plenty of things with this stove!

We can use these barrels and boards for a dinner table. Maybe I can make a cupboard for dishes.

While the children explored the barn. Captain Daniel asked Dr. Moore to look in on his friend.

Henry can make anything!

He's a very handy man, Joe is, but he hasn't been well.

Last year, I fell and broke my arm. or a long time I didn't know who I was.

Do you remember who you are now?

Joe told Dr. Moore who he was. But Joe wanted it to be a secret.

Your secret is safe with me Let me check your arm and be sure it is OK.

Joe is all right, Mr. Alden. He's a very fine fellow and Captain Daniel has known him all his life.

You're sure?

Soon the children were ready to stay on Mr. Alden's island for the summer.

Won't you be lonesome Grandfather?

I need a little rest without any children or dogs around.

Yes. The children will like him.

You won't hear Watch bark for a long time.

After taking Mr. Alden back home, Captain Daniel returned with supplies.


That night, the children ate dinner on the table that Henry had built. They washed their dishes in the spring outside. Then they went to bed.

Henry was the first to wake. He and Watch took a walk and were surprised by what they found nearby.

I wonder if this garden belongs to Captain Daniel.

How do you like your garden?

Our garden?

My name is Joe. I'm the handyman. Your grandfather had me plant it for you.

Look! We can have peas for dinner.

Henry, Jessie, and Violet picked peas. Joe had an important job for Benny.

Captain Daniel goes to the mainland every day. If you need anything, leave your order in this box.

This will be my job. I like to open the little door!

Henry, Jessie, and Violet had their own jobs to do.

How many places will we need in the cupboard, Jessie?

One shelf for spoons and things.

And one shelf for dishes.

And one for pans and kettles, and one more for groceries.

The morning passed quickly.

I made pea soup!

Oh boy!

After lunch, the children walked on the beach.

Jessie, look at that!


The Alden children knew that everything seemed better when they had to work to get it.

Jessie and Henry brought spoons from the born. Everybody dug for clams, even Watch.

I'm going to keep mine.

You won't want to keep them when you find out how good they taste.

I suppose these are for dinner tomorrow.

Yes. These will keep all right with seaweed on top.

The next day, there was even more to explore.

Look at this funny shell. It is just like a little boat.

And look at this pretty purple flowers.

Let's save all the flowers and shells we find.

I have a great idea!

We can create a museum!

We are sure to find interesting things on this island to keep.

We found these things without looking.

We'll find butterflies, birds, seaweed ...

I think it's a wonderful idea.


Later, the children gathered the flowers, shells, seaweed, and driftwood they collected. Violet mode a list for the museum.

How can I write the names of these flowers and shells when I don't know their names?

We could get books from the library.

I'll ask Joe to get them for us!

A few hours later, Joe arrived with books from the library.

Won't you stay for dinner, Joe?

You'll be our first guest, but you'll have to wash your own dishes.

Now show us the books, Joel

Joe sure knows a lot about nature.

Joe and the children studied the new books. Joe seemed just as interested as they were.

How did you ever learn all this?

Oh, I just picked it up.

After Joe left, the Aldens went upstairs.

This is where we'll have the museum.

We can use this chair when Grandfather comes to visit.

Henry can build tables with these boards!

The next day, work on the museum began.

Joe gave me newspapers. And there was a box from Grandfather.

He sent sweaters!

Grandfather thinks it's going to get cold!

Now smooth the paper over the flower, like I learned in school.

What about the board?

Well put the board over the paper, and the rock too. That way the flowers will be pressed flat as they dry.

Later it started raining. They spent the next day setting up the museum.


The next day was warm again. The children went exploring.

What a big pile of shells!

It's taller A than Bennv!

Look, a little cave! Let's go in!

As they went farther into the cave they found several small rooms. Then Henry discovered something else.

It's an Indian arrowhead! What do you know?

Something's wrong! Watch never howls!

Henry Water is coming into the cave!


Excerpted from Surprise Island by Rob M. Worley, Stephanie Hedlund, Mike Dubisch. Copyright © 2009 Abdo Consulting Group, Inc.. Excerpted by permission of OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA.
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Meet the Author

Gertrude Chandler Warner, a teacher, wrote bookss that were both easy and fun to read. This story, like the other 18 in the now-classic Boxcar Children series, which has sold over 3 million copies in paperback, features children solving problems and acting responsibly without the supervision of adults. Gertrude Chandler Warner was a lifelong resident of Putman, Connecticut, until her death in 1979 at the age of 89.
Phyllis Newman began her career as a child entertainer in vaudeville. She later gained recognition as a gifted entertainer in many Broadway productions, earning a Tony Award for her role in Subways Are For Sleeping. Phyllis also appears on television series wuch as One Life To Live and "thirtysomething".

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Surprise Island 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book period I would so highly recommend it and if you asked me what books you could read I would tell you The Boxcar Children first
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your are looking for a good book look no farther!!!this book is so good I can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book if you liked the boxcar children or your just feeling adveners read this book!!!!!
John Ho More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I read it many times. It is simply a lovely book. This is a wonderful series of books. Sometimes I can imagine what it is like on that island. I can'nt wait for more books to read! Other boxcar children book are fun to read too! I've read most of the books. I LOVE the boxcor children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is great. My second grader and I read it together as a family. We just started the series, and love it. My other daughter teacher has read it to them in class. The children go on these great adventures. Wonderful books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just think the bocar children series are such good books .They teach children lessons by solving mysteries and they watch and take care of each other at all times which is setting good examples for the kiddos who read these astonishing books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchase children's books for my two grandsons who live in Vienna,Austria. They are five and seven. My daughter, who reads to them, wants them to experience all the American classics in addition to those the will read in Austrian schools. They boys were very excited to get their next installments of The Boxcar Children volumes two and three since they had enjoyed volume one that I sent at Christmas. I am happy to be the "book" grandmother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is worth the money great book for elementry students
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just abot a bunch of fun things the kids do i love that it almost makes me ever wonder if it were possable for me to do somthin like this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great classic book for any adventuros kid. with dAring andventures and mysteries the book is truly a classic read that anyone would love to read i know i do :-)
BEU More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the exploring that the characters do in this book, as well as the surprise ending. It's a really lovely book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suprise Island,which is #2 in the Boxcar Children series is a great book.You should seriously consider reading it.I reccomend it for all readers 9yrs of age and up.It has to be close to my favorite out of the whole series !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 27 days ago
This was a good book. Their was a little bit of mystery, but it was not intence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is aeesome and I wish I could read the whole seris you should totaly got the book it is amazing. If I could choose one book to get then I would choose this book it is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on paper back grat i read one every day thar so adikting aosom book
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Here is a small summary: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny all go to an island. When they get there they see a yellow house. They didn't live in the house. Instead they lived in a barn. They explore the island almost every day and find something new and interesting every time. I don't want to give you anymore spoilers. You have to read for yourself what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a exiting every day adventure fituring plants animals indian figures aand good humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fure sibulings are spending summer on a island. If u r getting this book on the nook simple touch i think u put it on the biggest setting the writing is rather small
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