Gertrude Chandler Warner grew up in Putnam, Connecticut. She
wrote The Boxcar Children because she had always dreamed about what
it would be like to live in a caboose or a freight car—just as the
Aldens do. When readers asked for more adventures, Warner wrote
more books—a total of nineteen in all. After her death, other
authors have continued to write stories about Henry, Jessie,
Violet, and Benny Alden, and today The Boxcar Children® series has
more than one hundred books.
Largely self-taught, Shane Clester has been a professional illustrator since 2005. He began working in comics and storyboards before transitioning to his true passion—children’s books. Shane lives in Florida with his wife and two children.