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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
In June of 1879, Brett Tompkins traveled by train from Baltimore to Snow Shoe via Arlee to visit his father, who worked for Stewart Creek Logging Company. Brett stops in Arlee overnight and stays at a hotel owned by Hank Johnson and his wife, Nancy. Their son, Jason, meets Brett at the station to escort him to the hotel, and the two instantly become friends. Teddy and Brett are staying with Janet Tyler, her husband Bill, and her son Adam. Brett enjoys spending time at the logging company with Adam and watching the locomotives transport wood to the Starkweather Lumber Company for processing. An accident that causes serious injuries teaches Brett what the dangers are at the company. He learns everything there is to know about driving a train, logging wood, and doing whatever other jobs are necessary by actually doing the work himself.
Summer at Stewart Creek by J. Arthur Moore is a delightful story about family, love, and adventure. The characters are hard-working, caring people who work together and look after each other. The story is smooth-flowing, with a few surprises along the way. The book is illustrated with photographs of that model railroad, including a 40-page photo album in the back filled with scenes based on the story and beautifully created. I mostly enjoyed reading about children enjoying the outdoors and playing together without technology. Summer at Stewart Creek by J. Arthur Moore is thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended for children and adults.