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Stop The Train [Paperback]

Geraldine McCaughrean
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3 Oct 2002
It's 1893 and for Cissy and her family, a new life beckons on the prairies of Oklahoma. Along with other settlers, they travel to Florence - a town yet to be built - and prepare for business alongside the Red Rock Railroad track. But the railroad company has other ideas. It wants to buy the land for itself - and when the settlers refuse to sell, the railroad boss swears his trains will never stop in Florence again. Without the train, there is no way the town can survive. So Cissy, her friends, family, and neighbours resolve to stop that train, come what may - by fair means or foul...


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New edition edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192752669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192752666
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 35 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I found out how writing let me step outside my little, everyday world and go wherever I chose - way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. Not that all my books are an easy ride. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that's what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 books now, there are all manner of books in among that number - gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels.
The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for as Englishwoman, was the most amazing, startling thrill.
Then there was Peter Pan in Scarlet - official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. I can't say I expected that when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and getting a book published one day.
These days I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. But she's an actor. So, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!)
My Mum told me, "Never boil your cabbages twice, dear," which was her way of saying, "Don't repeat yourself." So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You'll find all my novels quite different from one another. The only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don't is to read them, I'm afraid.
I have also done lots of retellings of myth, legend, folk and fairy tales, and adapted indigestible classics such as El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Shakespeare and the Pilgrim's Progress.
Something for everyone, you see, my dear young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader.
All they have in common is that they all contain words. If you are allergic to words, you'd best not open the covers.

Geraldine McCaughrean has written 167 books and plays for both adults and children. The books include Peter Pan in Scarlet, one of the most talked about and successful children's titles of 2006.

Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep Forever Award. She has also had more titles short-listed (six, including one winner and one Highly Commended) for the Carnegie Medal, than any other author, the latest being The Death Defying Pepper Roux.

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an absolutely wonderful book - it is no wonder that McCaughrean is celebrated as one of the greatest living children's authors. (The Bookseller)

...a tense, fast-moving adventure story, sustained to the very last page, with an inspiring sense of community spirit. (Financial Times)

With its great depth and texture, its masterful dialogue and description it is the work of a great writer which will move readers to tears and laughter. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. (Times Educational Supplement)

For a really good read, look no further than this excellent, unpredictable and engrossing novel from a genuine master of the imagination. (The Independent) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Wonderful, exciting adventure story full of daring deeds and period detail

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Tale that will make a Great Film! 12 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the sort of book that is so good you want to read it in one sitting and yet somehow are loathe for it to end. Yes that good!
Set in 19th century wilderness Oklahoma, it is the story of stout hearted Cissy and her settler family and neighbours. Their lives are a daily struggle to make the rectangles of bare earth and scrub, where they have staked their claims pay their way, and blossom into the prosperous town of Florence.
Their fortunes take a downturn when they evoke the wrath of the powerful railroad baron Clifford T Rimm (now there's a name and a half!), by refusing to sell up to him. In spite at being thwarted, he then refuses to allow his trains to stop at Florence station and so severs the vital commerce connection with the town.
So even before it has begun, Florence begins to fade away. But the brave and resourceful Florentines do not intend to give up without a fight, and the battle begins to stop the train......
I won't spoil the reader's fun by giving too much of the twists and turns of the plot away but its exiting stuff at times and you really begin to care what happens to the characters. Deservedly Runner Up for this year's major UK Children's Book Award the Carnegie Medal, Stop the Train is a classic in the making. The screenplay has already been written by the author, so let's hope it does get the chance to be a great film as well as a great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop That Train! 7 Oct 2011
By elkiedee VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Cissy and her family have come to set up a grocery store in the brand new town of Florence, Oklahoma, near the railroad. She quickly makes friends with a very chatty, kind boy called Kookie, short for Habbakuk. Other people come to stake their claim on plots of land, and open up businesses. It is all very exciting but the settlers of this new town soon discover they have a serious problem. The railroad company wanted the land the town is being built on, and when everyone turns down the cash they are offered to give up their claims, the railroad boss announces his trains will not stop in Florence. The railroad is the reason for the town's existence, and without it Florence will collapse before it is properly started.

How the townsfolk of Florence get together and stop the train is the story of this delightful historical novel for older children, set in the US in the 1890s. What really made this such an enjoyable read was a vibrant cast of characters. As well as Cissy and Kookie and the other children, there is Herman the Mormon signwriter, who has a moral objection to money and wants to get to Salt Lake City, Utah, where most Mormons live, but has only been able to trade his services for a ticket to Florence.

My favourite adult character, though, is Mrs Loucien Shades, a widow who answered an ad for a wife but when someone else is offered that position, agrees to become the town's schoolteacher. She has no formal teaching qualifications and possibly rather less formal education herself than might be expected, but what she lacks in technical expertise, she makes up for in other ways.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was given a copy of this book with a high recommendation although its still some way too old for my children and I would put in in my top twenty books of all time. I'm 33 and I loved every moment of it. It's a really gripping and moving story of American Pioneers going onto the Oklahoma prairie and settling in the middle of nowhere. Written through the eyes of a child, there's hardship, humour and spirit, excitment and suspense throughout and it is unput downable. If you loved the Little House on the Prairie series then this is bolder and better. The writing is beautifully vivid and it is wasted in a children's book pigeon hole. For those adults who enjoyed Holes, I'd definitely recommend this as your next read from the children's shelf. Buy it for your whole book club.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Train 17 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
This book is kind of hard to get in to but when you have you can't stop reading about the troubles that the town went through to Stop the Train. I couldn't put it down. If your thinking of buying it, buy it.
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