The TRACKS (Illustrated by Alison Davis Lyne) The first book in the "Emma Mae-and-Edward" group, published by Trafford Publishing and released worldwide in 10/2011
INTRODUCTION TO THE TRACKS: Twelve-year-old Emma Mae and her 10-year old brother Edward live with their family on a farm in rural West Kentucky in 1914. Most of the time, they live ordinary lives. Once in a while, though, exciting adventures come their way. This time the adventure begins on Halloween night on the railroad tracks near their home. They, along with their 14-year old brother Clarence and their three-legged dog Jiggs, . . . and two hobos . . . are swept up by a mysterious, almost-invisible train that carries them, screeching through the night, to a far away place where they may “never again see light." It doesn’t take the children long to learn that their lives are in danger. Then they make another unbelievable discovery. Some of their own family members live near the circus camp/prison where they have been taken, The many adventures they experience at the hands of the man in the brown suit with the black derby hat and his sidekick, the ringmaster at the circus, will leave the reader wondering if they'll ever be able to escape and return to their home. If so, what would they tell their family about the adventure? And would another adventure ever come their way?
REVIEWS FORThe TRACKS: In The TRACKS, Ramage skillfully blends true history into the narrative, making it possible for readers to make modern day connections with humanitarian ideals. Illustrations by Alison Davis Lyne are scattered irregularly throughout the text increasing interest and providing readers with a stronger sense of the characters and scenes described. As children read through this book, they will encounter concepts such as compassion, honor, loyalty, courage and self-reliance. Emma Mae is a strong character capable of making decisions, driving action and standing up for her own ideals. Trusted to take on the more dangerous tasks confronting them, Ramage provides female readers with a character they can truly look up to." — US Review of Books
" . . . the story kept my interest all the way. I hope it becomes part of many school classroom libraries. As I read, my mind kept thinking of all the skills that could be taught using this material. Best of all, books like this foster and enforce a love of reading. Keep up the great work! — Mary S., retired teacher, Cadiz, KY
The TRACKSis available in Nashville, TN at the following locations: Parnassus Books in Green Hills Bookman Bookwoman East Side Story in East Nashville Barnes and Noble at Vanderbilt Belmont University Book Store
In Paducah, KY they are also available at: Courtyard Antiques Yeiser Art Center