Albert Whitman & Company has announced that Newbery Award winning author, Patricia MacLachlan will write the prequel to the Boxcar Children. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner has over 150 titles with more than 50 million copies sold. The series has been continuously in print since the first book was published in 1942.
Patricial MacLachlan is the author of over 20 books for children. About writing the prequel, MacLachlan said:
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are kind to one another and embody the true sense of family. They are resourceful and positive. I find them both true children and true heroes at the same time. It occurs to me that perhaps their parents were the same. I’m looking forward to exploring that idea and more.
The prequel will be published in 2012.