Friday, July 20, 2012

Help me find this book!!!

Ok - I have been driving myself insane all day about this.  Google has been no help at all, as I type in the bits of the plot that I remember.

I am trying to find a book I read as a kid.  It is a chapter book.  Likely written in the 50's or 60's.  It is about a family who decides to move to the country and live in a caboose after the dad loses his job(? this last big might be wrong - but I am trying to remember something I read 25+ years ago).  I want to say it might have been published by Scholastic, just because my memory of the book is that it was about the right size to be a scholastic paperback.  It isn't a picture book, but I seem to recall it had illustrations.  I think the caboose was blue or green.

I've googled like crazy and the same results keep coming up but none of them sound like the book I seek.

So it isn't:
  • The Boxcar Children
  • The Railway Children (though this one sounds close - the family doesn't actually LIVE in the caboose)
  • The Little Red Caboose
  • The Caboose Who Got Loose

THIS, my bloggy friends, is the downside to being a voracious lifelong reader!  Now that I have kids, I want them to experience the magic I remember from some of the books I read as a kid...but I can't remember all of the titles and authors from the times where I would read 8 to 15 books a week...

Can you help me find the book I'm looking for?  Did you ever read something as a kid that sounds like this?  Leave your thoughts in the comments...


  1. I've forwarded this to my sister, she's an elementary school teacher and totally into these kinds of books. I'll let you know if she knows which one it is!

    1. Awesome. I think I found a contender in "The Blue Caboose" but the synopsis sounds alot darker than I remember...I ordered it cheap from Amazon just in case.

      This quest has made me remember so many more books - now I want to start a library for my girlies for when they are older...


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