Award-winning New York Times bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker joins our guest author blogger series, as The Boxcar Children series fostered his love of reading, mystery and suspense as a child. With the new animated film, “The Boxcar Children,” arriving on retailer stores’ shelves, the buzz about the book series, by Gertrude Chandler Warner, has heightened among book lovers. Parker loved The Boxcar Children books as a child.
Mrs. Baxter introduced us to them in third grade. I loved the mystery in all the tales, and the fantasy of these kids living together in a boxcar, made credible. There was something foreboding to me in the image of children living in a boxcar.
It seemed…tantalizingly weird. And that foreboding pulled me through the series. The fact that they took place in the past made them even more alluring. All the books had fair but happy endings, which any 10-year old appreciates. And I loved Watch the dog. I was always a sucker for dogs in books. I still am!