Long Ride Home
The Long Ride Home, by Susan R. Lawrence, is a touching story about a young orphan boy from New York who takes a train to Iowa with his little sister in hopes of finding a home. Bert must adjust not only to life on a farm but also to the concepts of kindness, courage, and family. Will they let him stay and give him a new home in Iowa, or will he have to take the long ride back to New York? Beautiful black and white illustrations. 140 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel E.
The Long Ride Home recounts the journey of two young children from New York to the farmlands of Iowa. Families are willing to adopt young orphans like Emma, but Bert might have to find work on a farm. He has a lot to learn about farm life. Each day brings new lessons, from milking cows to being kind, and new fears. More than a place to live, he needs a family to love. Will he find a home in Iowa with his sister? Or will he take the long train ride back to New York?