Oscar Ogilvie was happy living with his Dad in Cairo, Illinois. The two loved model trains and had an elaborate set-up in their basement. Then the great depression hit their town and his dad lost his job and left for California to find work. Oscar had to live with his aunt and little cousin in the mean time. The trains were sold to the banker whose bank had taken their home. Oscar was unhappy but he met a drifter who helped him a lot with his homework and became his friend . When the drifter got a job as a night watchman at the bank, he would let Oscar come in to watch the trains after hours during the Christmas season. Then a terrible event happened at the bank and Oscar found himself time travelling on a real train to California with a soon to be movie star.
The book was a fun read with lots of time travel and interesting twists. The Hollywood characters won’t mean much to kids but they were a fun addition for me. Oscar is a good character who deserved the happy ending. Good Christmas gift for kids who like to read time travel books or kids who are really into trains or kids who like historical fiction.
Posted by: Fran W.