Young Francie O’Sullivan, from the Irish family we first met in The Cottage at Bantry Bay has had a successful operation in a Dublin hospital, but longs to return to his beloved family in County Cork. He heads out the hospital door, no permission asked, and finds a train-won’t any train do? Francie finds himself making a speedy tour (in the opposite direction from home) around the Emerald Isle, a journey full of adventure, laughter, and endearing friendships for Francie and the reader. (Goodreads)

Illustrated by the author, Hilda van Stockum.

Content suitability (Age): 10-up
Readability Level (Grade): 4
Read aloud interest (Age): 7
293 pages paperback