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

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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

Deeply unhappy about the separation of her family because of poverty, twelve-year-old Megan gradually finds contentment and purpose in her new home on the Kansas ...

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Overview

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

Deeply unhappy about the separation of her family because of poverty, twelve-year-old Megan gradually finds contentment and purpose in her new home on the Kansas prairie with a kind and loving adopted family.

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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440227052
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: Orphan Train Adventures Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 236,113
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    The BEST Book you will ever read!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2004

    Wonderful book

    This book had some unexpected problems and twists which keep it interesting. I recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    I loved this book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2002

    WWWOOOOWWWW!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    A Great Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    I Love this book!!!

    This book was very intrging,and I felt as if I, too were in the Kansas plains with Meghan Kelley.

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