A Family Apart

By Joan Lowery Nixon
(Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440226765, 176pp.)

Publication Date: December 1995

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FOR LOVERS OF HISTORICAL ADVENTURE, "A FAMILY APART" IS THE MIDDLE-GRADE ANSWER TO CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE'S "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLING "ORPHAN TRAIN."
Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen.
This is the fate that befalls the Kelly children. It's 1856, and their widowed mother has sent them west from New York City because she's convinced that she can t give them the life they deserve.
The Kellys board an orphan train and are taken to St. Joseph, Missouri, where their problems only grow worse. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye to their mother, but now they re forced to part ways with their fellow siblings as well. Thirteen-year-old Frances won t stand for it. She's going to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger.
Will Frances be able to save her siblings? And what about her mom was splitting up their family really her greatest act of love? Ride the rails with Frances and her siblings to find out
This is as close to a perfect book as you ll buy this year. "VOYA.



About the Author
Joan Lowery Nixon (1927-2003) was a renowned author of children's literature, best known for series like the Orphan Train Adventures and Casebusters. Born in Los Angeles, she began dictating poems to her mother before she could read. At the University of Southern California, Nixon majored in journalism, but took a job teaching the first grade upon graduating. In 1949, she and her husband moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and in 1964 she published her first novel, "The Mystery of Hurricane Castle." Nixon became a fan of mystery fiction when she was a child, and many of her most popular series incorporate elements of sleuthing. She won four Edgar Awards for best young adult mysteries, including prizes for her novels "The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore" (1979) and "The Name of the Game Was Murder "(1993). In addition to writing more than 140 young adult novels, Nixon also co-wrote several geology texts with her scientist husband.
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