CROSSING THE TRACKS by Barbara Stuber
Kirkus Star

CROSSING THE TRACKS

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

When he sends her to Missouri to be a paid companion to an elderly woman during the summer of 1926, Iris suspects that her father is just getting rid of her so he can concentrate on Celeste, his fiancée, who’s working with him to open a new shoe store in Kansas City. At Dr. Nesbitt’s rural home, however, Iris is able to make a place for herself with the old woman, still grieving her boy who died in World War I, and her gentle surviving son. Having symbolically left her shoes behind on the train, Iris slowly develops her own life and ideas, while corresponding with Leroy, a childhood friend rapidly becoming something more, and still longing for her businessman father to show he values her. A neighbor’s abusive ways test her ethically and emotionally but also provide her with a growing awareness of the support and love she does have. As Iris matures, Stuber’s tender, evocative style aptly portrays both the evil and the good while remaining emotionally true. Characters are rounded, the plot slow but steady and the imagery engaging in this noteworthy debut. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: July 6th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9703-0
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: McElderry
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2010




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