The Vanishing Passenger created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are waiting on one of their favorite authors to come to town, but when his train arrives in the station he’s not on it. It also helps that the Aldens themselves were on the train. They start looking for clues immediately. They find his stuff, but not him. There’s also a dog missing. They determine that he probably got off with the dog, but where did they go?
A phone message straightens out a few things. The Aldens go search for their favorite author in a nearby town. They find his writing pal, but not him. Where could he be? Why did he get off of a train before his stop?
What I liked
The author’s name in this book is Finch. So I kept thinking of the author from Elf, Miles Finch, who is a little person and not very jovial, or happy with Buddy. This brightened my day occasionally when I was reading this.
I like the Aldens have so much invested in an author. It’s not that common for kids these days to readily know authors’ names. I was one of those kids that did, but, hey, I was one of the top ten readers in the school, according to Accelerated Reader points. So chew on that, or whatever. Yes, I knew who Laura Ingles Wilder and Louis Sachar were. I think it’s great when any kid is invested in reading enough to care about the author on a personal level.
What I didn’t like
This one was a little tamer than some of the other Boxcar stories.
If you disappear on a train, that probably means you’ve jumped off of it.
Did you have an author you had a personal interest in as a child?
Would you go on a long train ride?