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Grade 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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The Orphan Train Quartet follows the story of the six Kelly children, whose widowed mother has sent them west from New York City in 1856 because she realizes she can't give them the life they deserve.

Shy Megan Kelly truly believes she is to blame for her family's misfortune. She'll never forget the day a gypsy grabbed her palm and read it, announcing that Megan was a "bad-luck penny" who would always bring trouble to those around her.

Megan is happy when a loving young couple living in the rugged Kansas territory adopt her. But during the first trying months, a blizzard, a pack of prairie wolves, and armed fugitive are just some of the disasters the family must face. Megan is certain the gypsy's curse is real. With the help of her new family, can Megan find a way to overcome her fear and superstition? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Orphan Train Adventures (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227052
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mesuah Blah on May 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i like this book. it gave me a sense of suspence and eagerness to see what happens next.i like how each character had their own fears , likes, dislikes, and feeling. it also let the reader know what was inside the mind of the girl who was "cursed" by the gypsie and how it affected her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2005
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THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A ORPHAN NAMED MEGEN. WHEN SHE WAS CURSED BY A GYSPY. SHE BLAMES HERSELF FOR HER FAMILYS MISFORTUNE.FIRST HER FATHER DIES. THEN HER BROTHER MIKE GOES TO JAIL. HER MOTHER MUST SEND THE CHILDREN TO AN ORPHAN TRAIN. A NICE YOUNG COUPLE BUYS MEGEN. WILL MEGEN'S NEW FAMILY HELP MEGEN UNDO THE GYPSY'S CURSE? READ THE BOOK TO SEE!

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By Nicole Rega on March 23, 2010
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I didn't read Megan's part of the series the first time around years ago, so I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I enjoyed it. Poor Meg got the "Beth March" edit, the shy, quiet, boring one, and as a result, is easily overlooked both in the story and to the reader. It is a shame, because In the Face of Danger is not only better written than the first two books in the series, but also a great (and realistic) tale.

In In the Face of Danger, Meg is sent to live far away from her brothers and sisters to the territory of Kansas. Also unlike Peg and Danny, and Frances Mary and Petey, she is adopted without a sibling to cling too. Meg believes herself to be a "bad luck penny" because of what a "gypsy" told her when she was younger. Because of this, Meg fears that all the family's troubles are because her her. Adding this to her general characterization of being shy and sensitive, Meg is the child both Frances Mary and their mother worry the most about.

However, after reading the story in which Megan meets head on all the obstacles of prairie life with a refreshing sense of humbleness and practicality, it is clear that Meg is the one Kelly child who will be just fine. She's brave and takes to action (see the climax in which Meg singlehandly takes down a rouge outlaw) while Frances Mary merely lets life happen to her. Mike's still the most interesting sibling, but through Meg, the reader is allowed to experience the frontier in a realistic and entertaining way. A must read for young adults who wish to see first hand how the Kansas prairie may have been like on the eve of the Civil War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
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This was a great book because it told you about orphan kids getting new families and better lives. It was also interesting because you learned about the orphan train and how the little kids lived in that period of time.
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By Choruk Diryc on June 24, 2013
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Ok, ok, ok - so I'm not a little kid that this series is targeted for, but even as a 26 year old I LOVE this series. Starting from the first book and going on, this series peaks my interest even greater. the first is about a family separated because the widowed mother couldn't care for her children. each book follows a child and the experiences they face moving from New York to the west in the 1800s. This one is about a little girl who thinks she caused her family's hardships and is causing more problems for the family that adopted her. I don't have children of my own, but I see it as a great way to expose children to historical events and concepts of that time... presidential elections, slavery, settlers moving west (especially Kansas and Missouri), farming, appreciating little things like family and a full belly, and life without technology.
If my husband and I ever have kids, I'll gladly read these to them, but until then I'll just let myself get lost in the story
Misouri
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By T. C. on April 12, 2011
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My daughter read the first book in this series (A Family Apart: The Orphan Train Adventures) and was hooked! We read the first book in a school "chat n chew" forum and the 5th grader boys and girls both liked the book. The series has 6 books that follows the kids in one family as they leave inner city New York for the "wild west" in Missouri and Kansas. Wonderful series!

Definitely recommend reading these books in order! This is the 3rd book in the series and is about Megan.
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