Friday, October 25, 2013

Riches To Rags - The big day is here!

Riches to Rags, Book 5 of the Wickware Sagas

Dylan Jones, seventh grader at Langdon Middle School lives the good life. His family has money. He gets most everything he wants.

Even so, everybody likes Dylan ’cause he is a happy go lucky kid.
Miss Wickware, his seventh grade history teacher, tells the class they will be studying the United States in the late 1800 for the next few weeks. Everybody will be expected to present an oral report on a subject that is drawn from a box. Dylan draws The Orphan Train.

A penniless Dylan finds himself at the train station in New York in 1875 and he is as scared and unsure as the children getting ready to ride the Orphan Train.

How will Dylan make it when money is nowhere to be found?


“Daddy, we don’t want to go with them. We want to stay with you.” His lips were quivering and his eyes filled with tears.

The man stood. “I done told you, since your mama died I can’t care for you.Now, you will do what I tell you.” He turned to walk away but the boy grabbed his arm.

“Daddy…” The man shoved the little boy, making him fall, landing hard on the cement. Both boy and baby were now crying and Dylan noticed not one person stopped to help.

“Hey,” Dylan yelled, “maybe you need to man up and go talk to the lady yourself. It takes a really brave man to push a little boy around.” Dylan’s face was purple with anger.

“This ain’t none of your concern, kid,” the man yelled over his shoulder as he practically ran through the door, escaping his kids screams.

“You can’t leave them here, you gutless wonder!” Dylan yelled, but their father was long gone. “People can’t just throw their kids away,” he muttered, picking up the screaming baby, afraid she would get stepped on.

“It happens all the time.”

Dylan turned to see a boy, a few years older than himself, leaning against the wall. He was dressed in dirty long pants and a shirt that seemed to have more holes than material.


 I want to thank you all for stopping by.  I am very excited about the 5th and final story of the Wickware Sagas being released.  Riches to Rags, and the other 4 stories in Volume One are geared for the middle grade kids.  One commenter will be able to pick anyone of the first 4 stories in the Wickware Sagas, in whatever format they choose!

Billy Cooper shrugs off a history assignment until he comes face to face with a 14 Century legendary hero!

A bully learns the meaning of humility and trust when he lands in 1777 on the Ride of a Lifetime.

Can the snooty school princess and the nerdy braniac work together to find their way back from the 18th century?

What does a twenty-first century tom-boy and the most famous poem ever written, have in common?


  1. Congratulations on your new release and completing the five book series! Wow!! I love the idea of incorporating historical events in the reading. I have a 7th grade grandson. He could actually get a history lesson by osmosis if he read the books. Best wishes on your new release!!

  2. Congrats on your achievement, Penny. Your hard work and dedication has paid off.
    Heather G -Natasha's Dream
    Natasha's Diary

  3. Great premise. This is a wonderful way of getting kids into history. Your books sound full of action and tension. Hope I win.

  4. I loved the first three books, so I sure wouldn't mind a copy of 4 or 5. I'll trade you!

  5. Hey, Penny! CONGRATS on your new release! : )

  6. Thanks to everybody for stopping! I am so excited. The print version is supposed to be out @ Christmas!!!!

  7. I through everybody's name in a box and Sharon Willett is the winner. I surely do want to thank everybody for stopping!

  8. These historical novels are so neat. The Orphan Trains have a special place in my heart. My mother and one aunt rode a train from Brooklyn to Texas in 1922.