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.See all Editorial Reviews
I like the first book we read it in school then I decided to read the series and I loved it.Published 4 months ago by i eel bad not for reading the reviews first
I enjoyed the story about the orphan train and the little girl who rode it. It was not only educational but heartwarming. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary Reiter
The book I read was mostly about a young girl who was put up for adoption with her brothers and sisters. Then she was adopted by the Browder family who was exspecting a baby. Read morePublished on November 14, 2001
I thought that this was a great book. after I read A family apart (book #1 of the series) I decided to read them all I thought this one was the best of the 7 books.Published on September 22, 1999