Synopses & Reviews
At fifteen, Iris is a hobo of sortsand#8212;no home, no family, no plan. Her mother died when she was six, and her father focuses on his new girlfriend and his shoe business and has no time for his daughter. Without consulting her, he hires Iris out as a companion to a country doctorand#8217;s elderly mother. Stuck in 1920s rural Missouri, Iris discovers that and#8220;hoboand#8221; might be short for and#8220;homeward boundand#8221; as she cultivates an eccentric cast of folks into family. But just as she starts to break out of her shell, tragedy strikes. Can Iris find the courage to carry on, and the cunning to outwit a menacing farmer?andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Beautifully realized characters and settings illuminate a story suffused with humor, warmth, and tear-jerking drama.
* "Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true. . . . [A] noteworthy debut." --KIRKUS, starred review
In Crossing the Tracks, fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what makes a true family.
About the Author
Barbara Stuber is the author of the novels andlt;i andgt;Girl in Reverse andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;i andgt;Crossing the Tracksandlt;/iandgt;, which was a finalist for the American Library Association William C. Morris Debut Award, a YALSA Best Fiction for YA and a Kirkus Best Book for Teens. When not writing, she is a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Visit Barbara online at BarbaraStuber.com.