Author’s new book “The Freight Train in the Sky” receives a warm literary welcome

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Children – Mythology/Fairy Tale book “The Freight Train in the Sky” by Holden Russell, currently available at

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Reviewed By Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite

“The Freight Train in the Sky is a sweet, easy-to-read chapter book for children. Author Holden Russell introduces young readers to an orphan named Paul, who lives with nuns in an orphanage because his parents died as a result of widespread disease. Although well cared for, Paul feels lonely and has never fully faced the grief of losing his parents from him. He channels his emotions from him into a fascination with the stars and with mythology. After studying constellations and myths through books, he sees a shooting star. He journeys through the constellations on a train run by a benevolent spirit man called the Conductor. And Paul soon finds the heavenly realms hold something he could never have hoped to wish for.

“The Freight Train in the Sky is a beautifully told narrative. Lightly floating sentences and expert storytelling created amazing visual images that made me feel like I was watching a good animated movie. I was really entranced by Holden Russell’s seemingly simple but emotionally very charged tale. The adventure aspect is just what beginning readers and their parents look for in a fantasy story. The majestic legendary figures like Hercules and Sagittarius help Paul learn (my favorite was the episode onboard the Argo). The inclusion of Paul’s family in his journey from him injects a vein of elemental pagan dignity that will help children understand why ancient peoples told stories about the constellations. A solid book that uses mythology as its basis, The Freight Train in the Sky was very enjoyable.”

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