The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen by Geraldine McCaughrean
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the 1890s, 12-year-old Cissy enjoys attending school and spending time with her friend Kookie. The highlight of their school days is receiving letters from their former teacher Miss Loucien, who left teaching to join a traveling theater group. When there's a diphtheria outbreak in their town, Cissy and her classmate Tibbie are sent away with their current teacher to find the theater group so that they can stay with them until the outbreak has passed. Happily for Cissy, Kookie tags along with them.
They find the theater group living in an old, abandoned paddle-boat that had washed up onto land from the Missouri River. After some work, the group gets the boat back into the river and their journey really begins!
This is a fun story with a huge cast of likable characters. Despite all of the crazy hardships faced by this group as they float down the river, they always work together and help each other out. This book is a follow-up to Stop the Train, but readers don't need to have read that book to understand what's going on in this one. Those who enjoyed this book might also enjoy another one of McCaughrean's books: The Death-Defying Pepper Roux.
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