Have you ever wondered how the four Boxcar Children ended up suddenly without parents, staring in the baker’s window at the start of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s classic The Boxcar Children?
You aren’t the only one. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the series, author Patricia MacLachan (author of, among other titles, the Newbery Medal-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall and the fantastic poetry collection Once I Ate a Pie) has created a prequel. From the Whitman site:
Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm.
Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy–”the best family of all,” Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the Alden Children.
Newbery Award-winning author Patricia MacLaclan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children’s origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures.