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Ímagine Purple, a young teacher and amateur sleuth, starts on an innocent adventure and ends up trying to stop a crime on the Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland. Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words "wreck house" writt Ímagine Purple, a young teacher and amateur sleuth, starts on an innocent adventure and ends up trying to stop a crime on the Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland. Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words "wreck house" written on it. While searching the train corridors for Vanna, Ima learns what the note means and suspects it portends a fateful interruption to this final train trip. When Vanna is forced to join the scruffy O'Toole brothers in a cunning caper, Ima cannot decide what she is witnessing. Is it a real train robbery or a spoof planned as entertainment to honor a famous whistle stop.


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Ímagine Purple, a young teacher and amateur sleuth, starts on an innocent adventure and ends up trying to stop a crime on the Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland. Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words "wreck house" writt Ímagine Purple, a young teacher and amateur sleuth, starts on an innocent adventure and ends up trying to stop a crime on the Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland. Just before boarding, she finds the shoulder purse of Vanna Belforte, a vampish but very pretty stowaway. Inside the purse, Ima discovers lots of jewelry and a note with the curious words "wreck house" written on it. While searching the train corridors for Vanna, Ima learns what the note means and suspects it portends a fateful interruption to this final train trip. When Vanna is forced to join the scruffy O'Toole brothers in a cunning caper, Ima cannot decide what she is witnessing. Is it a real train robbery or a spoof planned as entertainment to honor a famous whistle stop.

38 review for Last Passenger Train Across Newfoundland (The Picaresque of Imagine Purple)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. This book - and the series - have been written with the intent of being used in a learning environment whether school, homeschool or library. It is extremely well laid out for that purpose. I would suggest age 10 and up. It is a middle school history/mystery series "The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple". It is the story of a teacher-turned-detective who starts out on an adventure, meets curious characters, and - in this, the first book - tries to stop I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways. This book - and the series - have been written with the intent of being used in a learning environment whether school, homeschool or library. It is extremely well laid out for that purpose. I would suggest age 10 and up. It is a middle school history/mystery series "The Picaresque of Ímagine Purple". It is the story of a teacher-turned-detective who starts out on an adventure, meets curious characters, and - in this, the first book - tries to stop their peculiar train robbery plan. The book contains a map showing the area where the book is set, in this case Newfoundland, Canada travelling by rail on the St John's to Port-Aux-Basques line. Key sites are noted on the map. A diagram shows the layout of the train cars to help in understanding the space the characters move through. A list of characters comes next. Several of these have asterisks which tells us that a character biography is to be found in an appendix at the back. It is recommended to read these before starting on the story proper. Other appendices include vocabulary/definitions; idioms and sayings; suggested lookups. A website is also available with additional resources. (I have not looked at this to see how beneficial it may or may not be.) The story itself is fast paced. Imagine Purple (pronounced Eye-ma-jean), Ima to her friends, and her husband Sammy are in Gander, Newfoundland. Sammy is a pilot with the US Air Force and Ima is a teacher on the base. She also has always been something of an amateur sleuth. The story starts with Sammy being posted to Vietnam and Ima making the decision to take a year sabbatical to travel and have adventures. She puts her plan in motion and starts off on her adventure by taking a journey on the last passenger train across Newfoundland. Along the journey she meets some nice people and some rascals. Her sleuth radar goes off fairly quickly and the journey turns into a race to figure out the clues and stop whatever is going to happen. Ima knows her intuition is correct because she is craving a Fig Newton; a sure sign for her! The story ends with Ima ready to continue her adventure in book two. The books are definitely meant to be read in sequence. The characters are fairly one-dimensional and the writing feels stilted at times. It is, however, fast paced and an easy read for a mature reader. The text is littered with italicized words and phrases which I found to be disconcerting as a mature reader. It is, in this instance, used a device to alert readers that the word or phrase in question can be found in one of the appendices at the back of the book if the reader would like to look it up for definition or explanation. Because of the multiple appendices, it was sometimes a challenge to determine which was the correct one to look in. All in all I enjoyed the read. Would definitely recommend teachers, librarians and homeschoolers having a closer look at the series as a possible tool. It provides teaching opportunities in geography, history, English (vocabulary, punctuation). With the extensive appendices, it could also be a good tool for ESL students.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    *won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway* Ima Purple is an English teacher who is somehow able to take time off during the school year to travel across the island of Newfoundland on a train. Once onboard, she meets lots of static characters with alliterative names and "helps" solve a mystery. Although I like the idea behind this book, as it has an index of idioms and vocabulary, as well as character biographies, I am not sure who the target audience for this book is supposed to be. While it is markete *won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway* Ima Purple is an English teacher who is somehow able to take time off during the school year to travel across the island of Newfoundland on a train. Once onboard, she meets lots of static characters with alliterative names and "helps" solve a mystery. Although I like the idea behind this book, as it has an index of idioms and vocabulary, as well as character biographies, I am not sure who the target audience for this book is supposed to be. While it is marketed toward all ages, I think it would only be useful to those who are learning English as a foreign language. I found the 30-year-old main character far too immature, and the characters unrealistic and un-relatable, as well as annoying. The author also tells instead of shows, describing the characters' feelings and detailing everything that is going on in the plot, giving readers very little chance to decipher context clues, which is a vital reading skill. The history of the Newfie Bullet and the setting of the late 1960's is interesting, but I just can't buy the story and the characters. I also think that, while the author's attempt at creating an educational text is admirable, this book could have been more focused and attempted a less broad scope. I feel this text suffers from the author's attempt to give it a universal appeal. Telling this story from fewer viewpoints would have given it more of a mysterious feel and allowed readers to figure out clues.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Esther

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