For a girl who loved adventure...
... twelve-year old Lia Leonides had the perfect life. Every summer, she and her grandfather traveled the rural roads of England in their gypsy wagon, stopping at fairs and selling horse brasses along the way. It was exactly the life Lia wanted, until the day a mysterious letter arrived. Lia’s grandfather warned her not to get her hopes up, but lifelong dreams are hard to ignore. Lia’s father was alive and looking for her. But when her grandfather suddenly passes away, Lia is sent to work as a servant in an orphanage and is left with a choice that she never wanted to make: let the world decide her future for her, or run away and decide it for herself? Lia, with the help of her beloved pets and some unexpected friends, must take her gypsy wagon south on a harrowing journey before her father disappears forever. A persistent sheriff and the constant threat of misfortune won’t make the trip easy, but Lia and her friends don’t plan to let anything stop them from forging their own destinies.
What Readers are Saying
Bookworm for Kids:
"This book is proof that historical fiction isn't dull or drab but can be packed full of adventure, friendship and fun." (Link)
The Booknerd Babes:
"What a really lovely little story for a younger reader. It was creative, sweet, and it had some pretty bleak parts in the beginning to reel you in and put you on a certain level with the main characters." (Link)
"What a delightful story – great character building by Sally with the story having suspense, sadness, joy, triumph and a happy ending. I can totally visualize the beautiful blue gypsy wagon being disguised as the get-away wagon for the four children and their long journey home. I hope that my granddaughters (12 & 9) will enjoy this story as much as I did." (Link)
"I loved this charming story of a young girl suddenly on her own in the English countryside in 1860. The detailed description takes readers back to a simpler time and paints a vivid picture of a traveling lifestyle in a blue gypsy wagon." (Link)