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Stop the Train! (Cissy Sissney #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  262 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Cissy Sissney and her family are staking their claim. Along with a handful of other entrepreneurs, they've stepped off the train into the brand-new town of Florence, Oklahoma, and started building a future.

But the president of the railroad says no more trains will stop in Florence -- ever. Without the railroad, the town can't survive. So it's up to Cissy, her family, frien
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 18th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2001)
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Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It's about a small group of people trying to start up a town on the vast emptiness of Oklahoma. They are a railroad town, but do to certain circumstances the owner of the railroad is set against them and refuses to stop the train there. The book is how they grow as a community and the many schemes they come up with to try and stop the train!
Great characters, great story.
Just a note though, being a "mormon" myself I was surprised to learn that "Herman the Mormon"
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Funny and thoughtful frontier story of a struggling town trying to get the stubborn railroad company to make their town a train station. Cute. Appropriate for youths 12 and up. Maybe as young as 10 but there are some scary train moments of peril. Loved the one character, Herman the Mormon; a silly but harmless caricature of my forefathers.
Debbie Stahmann
I like Geraldine McCaughrean's books, but this one was just too slow for me. Although I liked the setting and time period (Oklahoma during the land rush era), it wasn't well-written enough to commit any more time to it. On to another book!
Candy Gourlay
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An undiscovered gem.
Lucy Cummings
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grilling at first but I just found myself getting bored towards the end
Robin Irvine
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun historical fiction
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find I like young adult fiction best or maybe it's historical fiction. This crazy story about a map dot town that gets missed by the railroad and will surely die without it is kept alive by the pure determination of it's hodgepodge settlers.
Voi noita rajaseutujen ihmisiä!
Vähän tuli mieleen Pieni talo preerialla, vaikka meno ja meininki oli ihan erilaista. Kaipa se on vaan se eristäytyneisyys ja Yhdysvaltojen pienet kaupunkipahaset valtavien välimatkojen päässä toisistaan.

Kirja alkaa junasta, kun vaunulastillinen ihmisiä on menossa rakentamaan pientä Firenzen kaupunkia. Kaupunkia ei edes ole vielä olemassa muualla kuin paperilla. Ja pienen Cissyn ja Cissyn isän mielikuvituksessa.

Ensin kohoaa telttakylä ja sitten pikkuhiljaa hirsital
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
‘Stop the Train’ is the sort of book that parents wish their children want to read. It is well written and full of the worthy sentiments of community spirit and respecting diversity. Unfortunately it is not exactly the white knuckle ride the title suggests, but more of a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood of Florence making the acquaintance of the myriad characters who have pinned their hopes of a better life on the plot of land they claim as their own. After refusing to sell up to the lo ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-teen
This novel may not be an obvious choice for a teenage reader, being set in the wilderness of Oklahoma during the westward migration of American settlers in the 1890s. However, McCaughrean’s humorous descriptions of her intriguing ensemble cast are immediately endearing and you quickly find yourself rooting for the families who have staked their claims and their hopes in the brand new town of Florence. The personal hardships and small triumphs of individual characters are certainly moving, but th ...more
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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