Rory’s hands caught hold of Brigid’s. Her knees and feet banged, hard, against the side of the train. The clicking of the wheels against the rails sped up and the passing air pushed against her body, blowing her skirt up over her head. Luckily there was no one to notice. Rory glanced down to see that the train had cleared the platform. If she fell now she’d drop to sharp stones.
“Pull yourself up,” Brigid gasped.
“I’m trying,” Rory gasped. “Don’t let go!”
Rory struggled to climb up, the toes of her worn boots sliding. Rory could see the top of the window was cutting into Brigid’s arms, but the girl’s grip didn’t loosen. Rory kicked at the side of the train but her feet couldn’t find any purchase.
“Hurry!” Rory cried.
With a huge yank, Brigid hauled Rory up. Rory let go with her right hand and took hold of the window sash. Brigid grabbed Rory’s shoulders and pulled her inside. Rory tumbled through the window and to the wooden bench beneath.
Twelve-year-old orphan Rory Fitzpatrick lives with her younger sister Violet at New York City’s Foundling Hospital in the early 1900s. But when Rory discovers that Violet will be sent to the Arizona Territory to be adopted, her world is shattered. Although too old to be adopted herself, Rory—brave and smart—is determined to stay with her sister, even if it means hiding out on a train traveling west. When Rory and Violet arrive in Arizona, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Will Rory give up? This uplifting novel about the power of faith and the true meaning of family launches the Hidden Histories series, spotlighting little-known tales from America’s past, and the children behind those stories.
- A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book
- Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Books, Best of the Best
- Missouri State Teachers Association Reading Circle Recommended Book
- Ages: 9-12
- Pages: 288
- List Price: $16.95
- Cover: Hardcover
- Published: 9/1/2014
- ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-623-0