When the Green Dragon tore shrieking out of the mouth of its dark lair, which was the tunnel, all three children stood on the railing and waved their pocket-handkerchiefs without stopping to think whether they were clean handkerchiefs or the reverse.'
When their father is mysteriously sent away, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis have to leave London with their mother to live in a cottage in the countryside. Finding comfort in the nearby railway station and friendship in Perks the Porter and the Station Master, the children watch every day for the passing London train.
Every day they wave at the same old Gentleman on the train, not knowing that he may hold the key to their father's whereabouts.
About the Author
Edith Nesbit's first great success was The Story of the Treasure-Seekers. Her most celebrated book remains The Railway Children, published in 1906. Her great gift was the ability to create child characters who are real young human beings behaving naturally. Her unhappy marriage gave her much experience with children; as well as bringing up her own four by her philandering husband, she consented to bring Bland's illegimate offspring into her household.
Series: Collins Classics
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 1st October 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.3 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.15