Title: Kate Shelley and the Midnight ExpressKate Shelley and the Midnight Express
Author: Margaret K. Wetterer
Illustrator: Karen Ritz
Pages: 48
Reading Level: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★★★

When I was a child, I would listen to a radio drama called ‘Story Hour’. In each episode, the narrators would bring to life the story of some historic character – Louis Pasteur, George Washington, Fanny Crosby, J.S. Bach, etc. One of those episodes was about Kate Shelley, courageous heroine.

Her Life.

Kate Shelley was the daughter of a railway man. Although her father died when she was thirteen, Kate and her family continued to live in their small house next to the railway track. It was home.

Then came the night of the terrible storm when gentle Honey Creek overflowed its banks and threated the Shelley home – and the railway bridge which spanned its banks.

When the flood causes a railway accident and several men’s lives are at stake, the only solution is for Kate to hike several miles in the thunderous rainstorm to warn the station to stop any other oncoming trains. Can Kate do it?

Conclusion. Apart from the ghostly style of illustration, Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express depicts a fine piece of heroism.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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