The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Stop the Train
Publisher: Oxford University Press
This novel is set in 1890s Oklahoma. Cissy's family buys a plot of land in Florence, hoping to build a new life there. However, when the newly-settled residents anger the railroad company by refusing to sell them some of their land, the train will no longer stop in Florence.
Without supplies and tourism, the town cannot flourish and the community struggles to survive, so everyone desperately tries to think of a way to stop the train. This is a very satisfying novel, with an exciting plot that thoroughly engages the reader, and a wealth of engaging characters.