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From the author of The Kite Rider comes another great historical novel---this time set in the American west, where the residents of a new settlement struggle against nature and the railroad to keep their town alive. Pulse-pounding adventure, moments of gut-bustin' humor, and a deeply moving sense of community.

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.7" Width: 6.4" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Full Cast Audio
ISBN  1933322438  
ISBN13  9781933322438  

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More About Geraldine McCaughrean

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Geraldine McCaughrean has written more than 160 well-loved books and has received countless awards, including the ALA's Michael L Printz Award and the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Kristina Swarner creates her exquisitely rendered illustrations by working in a mixture of linoleum print, watercolor, and colored pencil. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Geraldine McCaughrean currently resides in Berkshire.

Geraldine McCaughrean has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Oxford Story Collections
  2. Puffin Classics

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Product Categories

1Books > Audio CDs > Children's Fiction > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1800s
4Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens > History & Historical Fiction > Historical Fiction

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Why Won't The Train Stop  Dec 31, 2006
Geraldine McCaughrean's book Stop the Train is a dramatic story set in the year of 1893. The U.S. government has just opened up the territory of Oklahoma to settlers and they came flocking. The new citizens of Florence Oklahoma are faced with the challenge of building a railroad town for trade and business out of a lifeless prairie. But the story takes a turn for the worse when the stubborn railroad owner refuses to stop the train at Florence because of his son deciding to give up his railroad job and live in Florence instead. Throughout the rest of the story you follow Cissy, a young school girl, and the rest of the town's attempts to stop the train. If they do not, Florence citizens will be forced to leave and the town will become an abandoned ghost town. They come up with a bunch of crazy plans to stop it all while following the town's journey. It is filled with all kinds of problems and trouble that the town has to unite together to even have a chance to overcome them.
Even though McCaughrean has plenty creative ideas throughout the book to "stop the train," it does not grab the reader's attention very well. The humor in Stop the Train is very limited and rare. The exciting action in this book is not very often, but when it does come about the reader is really yanked into the book. The book has a really big twist at the end which is very surprising and you don't see it coming in the least bit. In all, this book is fairly dull with some exceptions through the story. Readers who would enjoy this book the most are American History lovers who like learning about some stuff that actually could have happened in 1893.
Train missed the Station  Mar 24, 2006
The Sissney family decided to start a new life and move to a new town named Florence in Oklahoma. When they arrive there is nothing there except dirt. Cissy is the main character -- her dad helps plan the building of the town. The train that goes past their town decides not to stop at Florence. So the people of Florence try to make the train stop, but their attempts to force the train to stop do not work. Then Cissy's mom decides to leave and stay with her mom because she thinks Florence is not a good place to raise a child. Her father decides to send Cissy to see her mom. But instead, her mom gets off the train and decides to stay in Florence. One day the train stops because they have so many passengers who want to get off the train because they want to become Florentines. Then the town decides to change its name to Olive to make peace with the owner of the train. Loucien, Florence's schoolteacher marries Everett Crew, and one of the passengers who got off the train becomes the town's new schoolteacher.

Sometimes when I was reading the book I could not follow the author. I do not think the author made clear transitions from paragraph to paragraph. What I liked about the book is that the Florentines never gave up trying to get the train to stop in their town because they wanted their town to grow and prosper. Out of five, I would rate this book a three.
A book that will entertain readers of many ages.  Jul 1, 2004
Cissy doesn't quite know what to expect as she and her family clatter across the prairie in a train towards Florence, Oklahoma. They are going to claim some land on the new frontier and start a new life in the township. But when Cissy, her father, her mother, and a handful of other people get off the train, travel-weary and unsure of themselves, all they find is open prairie. Florence does not exist; it is a place they have to create for themselves.

At first the people feel totally unequipped for such a state of affairs. Cissy's own parents cannot seem to get along at all, her mother being very upset that they came to this dreadful spot in the first place and making her feelings vociferously and abundantly clear at frequent intervals. But with each other's help, they begin their new lives and Florence starts rising up out of the prairie. The townspeople agree that though they don't have much of a town yet, they are all sure it will grow once the train station is built. Commerce will come and Florence will prosper.

However, angered by the fact that the people of Florence have turned down his offer to buy their claims, the railroad owner refuses to allow his train to stop in Florence. He intends to cut the town off from the world. Now the townsfolk have to find a way to get that train to stop in their town before the town dies.

STOP THAT TRAIN! is a gripping story that pulls one along towards an extraordinary and unexpected finale. Part mystery and part western, with delightful characters who leap off the pages, this book is hard to put down. Armed with a delightful sense of humor and a keen understanding of human nature and its foibles, author Geraldine McCaughrean has created a book that will entertain readers of many ages.

--- Reviewed by Marya Jansen-Gruber (

Wonderful read for kids and adults  Jan 31, 2004
Cissy, her parents and a handful of other colorful characters are the first to arrive in the not yet town of Florence. They've come to homestead and build a life out of nothing but vast Oklahoma prarie, but the first night after their arrival, a man from the railroad attempts to buy each of their shares for $50 a piece. When all but one refuse to sell, the spiteful railroad owner refuses to stop the train in the town. No train means certain doom for the new town and all of its inhabitants so they set out with a series of schemes to get the train to stop.

This is a very enjoyable historical fiction book for kids 9 to 90. I couldn't wait to see what the folks of Florence would come up with next in their quest to stop the train. The characters really made this story come alive. Some of my favorites were Virgil and Loucien, the school teacher. I particularly loved her unorthodox, but extremely useful lesson plans.


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