When Cissy Sissney and her family join the 1893 Oklahoma land rush, the Sissneys and two dozenother settlers end up at a place the map called Florence-a dry, empty space, just waiting to be filled. Almost immediately, a slick fellow from the Red Rock Railroad Company began offering every claim holder 50 dollars for each claim. But when all but one claimholder refuses to sell, the president of the railroad company drops a bombshell: No more trains will stop at Florence. Now it was up to Cissy, her family, and friends to dream up ways-fair or foul-to stop the train before they all must abandon their homes forever. "McCaughrean, who can make a brilliant tale out of almost anything, uses the historical site of Enid, Oklahoma, as a starting point for a wild and wonderful ride."-Booklist, starred review
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by Blue Balliett
by Kristen Britain
by Elizabeth Brundage
by Professor Ellen Schrecker
by Geraldine McCaughrean
by Guy Kawasaki
"Ellen Myrick's narration is spot-on in this rollicking story of pioneer times. The Full Cast Family delivers all the emotions of families struggling to build a new life in a new land. They arrive in Florence to stake claims at the start of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Rush, discovering that it is up to them to create the community that currently is just a dream in the dust. Hardships arise when the train bypasses Florence because the settlers won't sell their claims to the railroad. Hilarity ensues as various plans are hatched to force the train to stop. Hope wins out when success comes in a satisfying ending in which all sides win. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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