Last week, Time.com (I think online only) did a piece entitled “Top 10 Kid’s Book Series We Miss.” The Boxcar Children were #4! We are, of course, thrilled to have the attention of a prominent national news magazine. However, we’re not sure why they implied that the books were gone, OP, kaput.
When you look at the full list of 10, all the books/series seem to be in print and available. Some are no longer continuing series, but The Boxcar Children are — #127 out in May.
After several re-reads of the entire article, I think what they mean is that they’d like “where are they now” books for them — as adults. Not that today’s kids can’t still enjoy these series.
But the article really does read as if none of these series are available anymore. Hopefully, most interested readers did a quick internet search and found the books they wanted easily.
This article is part of an interesting phenomenon – adults who think their childhood favorites (books, games, etc.) belonged just to them.
At least once a day, I see a comment on Twitter, or Facebook, or on a blog, from an adult (anywhere from 20-something on up) who askes “Anyone remember those Boxcar kids?” And more of than not, followed up by “Man, I wish they were still around.” or something similar.
I try to believe that, like the Time writers, what they really want is to read them again — to recapture some of their youth. I do think most of them — not regularly in touch with kids or in children’s sections of libraries and bookstores — simply think the books disappeared soon after they moved on to more difficult reading choices.
Of course, it’s probably both.
FYI, we are expanding outside the series — but not looking forward in time. We’ll be publishing a prequel in Fall 2012 written by Newbery-medalist Patricia MacLachlan.