Train I Ride (Hardcover)

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Rydr, 12, knows that "lots of things that are worth seeing aren't happy things." With her mother and grandmother dead and her father unknown, she has tremendous pain in her life, yet she knows how to appreciate people and moments, whether they are sweet or ugly.  This is a soulful, wise, and often quite funny book. Its brevity and simplicity are deceptive, though; there is a whole lot to this novel, a lot to appreciate and discuss. I enthusiastically recommend it to adults and to kids age 8-13 (or older if they like shorter books and simpler language). A truly impressive debut.

— From Train I Ride, by Paul Mosier

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4 starred reviews "Heartbreaking, hilarious, and life-affirming" (Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson and Threads)

Rydr is on a train heading east, leaving California, where her gramma can't take care of her anymore, and traveling to Chicago, to live with an unknown relative. She brings with her a backpack, memories both happy and sad, and a box containing something very important.

As Rydr meets her fellow passengers and learns their stories, her own story begins to emerge. It's one of sadness and heartache, and one Rydr would sometimes like to forget.

But as much as Rydr may want to run away from her past, on the train she finds that hope and forgiveness are all around her, and most importantly, within her, if she's willing to look for it.

From Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Paul Mosier comes a poignant story about a young girl's travels by train from Los Angeles to Chicago in which she learns along the way that she can find family wherever she is. Perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and Sharon Creech.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062455734
ISBN-10: 0062455737
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English