Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
Rydr is on her way from California, where she lived with her Gramma, to Chicago, where she’ll live with her great uncle. Rydr’s been taking care of herself for a while, because her mother needed drugs more than she needed Rydr. As you can imagine, a train trip halfway across the country is a tricky thing for a kid alone and with not much money. Along the way, though, without even realizing it, Rydr has been adding friends, each with something to offer that she doesn’t know she needs. This is a terrific middle grade read, full of wonderfully quirky characters, a little conniving, a bit of blackjack playing, some truly tender moments, and a very deserving passenger.
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC MOSIER)