Synopses & Reviews
"This is both a period piece and an ensemble piece, and completely enjoyable on both counts." Publisher's Weekly
"Though Enid, Oklahoma, was the inspiration of this story, its the story of many prairie towns, and a story that will engage young readers." Kirkus Reviews
In a novel filled with a heartwarming faith in the promise of a new land, incredibly versatile Carnegie Medalist McCaughrean spins a rollicking tale about the beguiling shenanigans employed by the citizens of Florence to stop their local train before they are forced to abandon their homes forever.
In 1893 Cissy Sissney and her family rush to join the tens of thousands of land runners intent on staking a new claim to their futures in the Oklahoma Territory. But within hours of having dragged their few belongings to the side of the tracks at the forlorn patch of dirt that the map calls Florence, the Sissneys are asked to sell their claim to the high and mighty Red Rock Railroad. When all the new settlers but one refuse, the president of the railroad lowers the boom: There will be no more trains stopping at Florence. Ever! And without the railroad, the town can't survive.
In a novel filled with a heartwarming faith in the promise of a new land, incredibly versatile Carnegie Medalist Geraldine McCaughrean spins a rollicking tale about the beguiling shenanigans the citizens of Florence resort to to stop the train before they are forced to abandon their homes forever.
About the Author
Geraldine McCaughrean is the winner of England's most prestigious children's book award, the Carnegie Medal, for A Pack of Lies. An expert in world mythology, she is the author of The Golden Hoard, The Silver Treasure, and The Bronze Cauldron. Other prizewinning books for young readers by Ms. McCaughrean include Plundering Paradise (published in the U.S. as The Pirate's Son), winner of England's Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award; Forever X, short-listed for the Carnegie Medal; and Gold Dust, winner of the 1994 Beefeater Children's Novel Award. Ms. McCaughrean makes her debut on the HarperCollins list with The Stones Are Hatching. She lives in Berkshire, England.