Review by Elisa Maria Crites
What if dark skinned children had been able to ride the orphan trains?
What impact would those children have had on the communities they landed in?
Robin Shope seems to ask those questions and the result is the story of Ruby Red. Ruby rode the orphan train by accident, but it changed her life and the lives of those who met her.
How did the other children treat her? How did the folks who met the train to take home a child to love as part of the family, or to take home farm hands react to the dark skinned child?
Ruby meets well rounded characters who possess both strengths and flaws in her adventures. This story is well worth reading.