Review! Wanderville: On Track For Treasure (Book 2) by Wendy McClure

wander2Wanderville: On Track For Treasure
By Wendy McClure
Series: Wanderville – Book 2
224 pages – ages  8+
Published by Razorbill on October 16, 2014

Synopsis- Set in the early 1900’s, Wanderville is a traveling “town” that was created by orphans in the first Wanderville book. The town is set up so that, wherever they are, it can come with them (see my review HERE), they are kind of like gypsies. The town now has 10 new residents but they all must leave immediately. The evil sheriff had found them and he is determined to round the kids up and send them to the work farms they escaped from. They hop a train, and find a home with a reverend and his wife. But the kids soon find out it may all be too good to be true.

What I Liked- Ms. McClure has written another great historical fiction story! The characters in the book are very real. They act and talk like kids – kids who are on the run and who are trying to find a home. The story is really interesting. I was very intrigued because there really were orphan trains and I found the 1900’s setting very fun to read about. The interesting plot twist is *DON’T READ IF YOU DON’T WANT A SPOILER* The reverend and his wife do good, but they aren’t necessarily good. *OKAY YOU CAN READ AGAIN* The plot kept me reading and lost in the story. The length and language in the book makes it great for kids 8+ but older kids will enjoy the story a lot too. I love the covers in this series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!

I give “On Track For Treasure” 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+

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18 replies

  1. Ooh interesting! I fancy reading this myself Erik.

  2. An awesome review. And thanks for the spoiler alert so I can check the book out and come to it spoiler-free.

  3. Hey! I know Wendy. She’s the editor at Albert Whitman who accepted the manuscript for my book!


  4. Oh! I love trains and history! I don’t recall book one, but I’m adding these to my tbr. Good pick, Erik!

  5. LOL! I just went to add this to my tbr and found the first Wanderville already there! Shows how much reading I get done while I’m writing, but eventually my book will be done. 🙂

  6. I loved your first review and stories about kids on the orpphan trains. I’m seriously going to have to read this series!

  7. I saw Wendy McClure speak at a conference a couple of months ago. It was really cool to hear her talk about all the research she does to make sure her historical fiction books are true to the times!

  8. Thank you so much Erik. I love your reviews. They are so helpful to me at the children’s bookstore where I work. I’m always telling kids “I read a review on This Kid Reviews Books, that said…” So helpful to have a young person’s point of view.

  9. Erik, did you review another book in this series? It seems so familiar and I think I’m drawn to it for the same reasons, too—the kids, the train… I need to put these on my TBR 🙂 Thanks!!!

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