Desperate Journey Author:JIm Murphy Every day is like the one before on the Erie Canal, as twelve-year-old Maggie Haggerty plods along behind her family's team of mules, one muddy step at a time. — But when Maggie's papa loses all the family money in a bare-knuckle fight with a canal bully, things go from bad to worse. Only days away from having their boat seized for debt, Maggie,... more » her younger brother, and their ailing mother must now take charge. Can they make it to Buffalo with their haul of heavy cargo in time to make the desperately needed bonus and save their home?
Two-time Newbery Honor Book award winner, Robert F. Sibert award winner, and National Book Award nominee, Jim Murphy, brings his master storytelling skills and eye for detail to this thrilling adventure.« less