My name is Rider and I live in Palm Springs with my Grandmother
You made the best pancakes
Train I Ride by: Paul Mosier
In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Rider a 12 year old girl with an eerie attitude and constant rebellion to what she thought was authority. She dies her hair green and wears unsightly clothes to "get back at her grandmother". She has a difficult life you can tell from the constant foreshadowing like her visits to a therapist which says "many children who have gone through traumatic experiences have problems with making friends and fitting in. From the introduction I was able to tell that Rider has gone through some kind of problem is "different" and has a difficult life.
The rising action is when Riders grandmother dies of old age while taking a nap. Rider was not the most fond of her grandmother but it was the only family she had where she was. After Riders grandmother died Rider lived with the neighbors couch. Then she was taken to a child care center. After her stay at the stay at the child care center she was going to be taken care of by a distant relative she knew nothing about. She would get there by train and that's when things started to get interesting.
During the climax Rider is on the train to Chicago and she's starving. And because she was given no money she could not buy food and she was starving. After moping and whining about it she sat next a man. The mans name was Carlos they greeted each other and Carlos offered her doughnut balls which rider found delicious and was the beginning of Riders new family.
So just before the falling action the main character Rider met these boy scouts. She played card with them and won so much money bu then had to give the money back because it was against train rules. Only one of the scouts gave her the money she won back and that scouts name was tenderchunks. After making some money Rider asked tenderschunks on a date. They had a fun time and were "falling in love" they liked the same things like poetry and books. But the falling action is when tenderchunks had to leave this was heartbreaking for rider and this was the first loss to her new