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In the Face of Danger (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #3)

In the Face of Danger (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #3)

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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Shy Megan Kelly cannot forget the day a gypsy read her palm announcing to all that she would bring trouble to those around her. Afterward, trouble does follow her, until she takes the necessary steps to free herself from the burdens of fear, loneliness, and superstition

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Shy Megan Kelly cannot forget the day a gypsy read her palm announcing to all that she would bring trouble to those around her. Afterward, trouble does follow her, until she takes the necessary steps to free herself from the burdens of fear, loneliness, and superstition

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
In this third book in her series "The Orphan Train Adventures," Nixon again uses engrossing fiction to relate the factual experiences of children from the New York slums who were adopted by settlers and taken West from 1854 to 1929. This book realistically portrays the experiences of a group of children who began this journey frightened and alone, but who over time, came to love and be cherished by their new families. Megan, age twelve, is separated from her siblings when her widowed mother decides she can no longer care for her children . Several years earlier, Megan had answered the door to her home only to face a beggar woman who puts a bad luck spell on her. From that day forward, she feels responsible for her father's death and all the "bad luck" that befalls the people she loves. This story is about Megan--her sorrows and the love of her adoptive family that led to a renewed belief in herself. The female characters are refreshingly strong and resourceful. This is a good novel for boys and girls who want an exciting story based on historical fact and that provides lessons still applicable today. 2000 (orig. 1988), Gareth Stevens, Ages 10 up, $21.27. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 The third volume in the projected ``Orphan Train Quartet'' tells the story of 12-year-old Megan Kelly after Emma and Benjamin Browder take her to live with them on the Kansas prairie. This exciting and touching novel projects an aura of historical reality. Megan believes that she brings bad luck to herself and those around her because of a gypsy curse. This image of herself as a ``bad-luck penny'' colors her perceptions of everything that happens to her and her loved ones until her kind foster mother helps her to understand that life can be what she makes it. Slowly she gains confidence in herself and is instrumental in saving her family from a killer on the run. The historical aspects of In the Face of Danger will have particular interest and appeal to this generation of children who hear so much about the problems of today's foster, abandoned, and street children that they will be able to relate to and understand the problems of the Kelly children and others like them 130-some odd years ago. Janet E. Gelfand, Lawrence Junior High School, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440227052
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Series:
Orphan Train Adventures Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
208,351
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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In the Face of Danger (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very magical book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in sixth grade and I read this book, I started one night and I didn't want to put it down. The next day in school I sneeked it in my desk and was reading during class it was so good, When you finnish this book you will be upset that it is over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had some unexpected problems and twists which keep it interesting. I recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and it shows a side to Megan Kelly that you didn't see in A Family Apart. She shows courage and strength. When their neighbor brings home a new wife and she calls her a dirty Irish she doesn't loose her temper ( I would have ) Instead, she does her best to make her feel at home and welcome. Megan faces trials that many of us wouldn't be brave enough to face. This is a good and adventurous book. I really enjoyed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the Face of Danger demonstrates the bravery of a girl named Megan. In the beginning, she think that her family was torn apart because of the fortune teller. Later on in the book, Megan finds herself doing things that she never thought she could do. This is a book that will get you sad, happy, and wanting to finish the book as soon as possible to find out what happens in the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Megan Kelly a strong part of the Kelly family thinks she is to blaime for what happen to her family. Megan finds herself in great adventures in her new home, but she also deals with an English woman who calls her 'a shanting Irosh.' This book was great I have never read a book more better then this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very intrging,and I felt as if I, too were in the Kansas plains with Meghan Kelley.