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On his grandparents’ remote North Carolina farm for the summer, Nate discovers there’s more happening on the rambling property than anyone realizes. To stop a terrorist’s plot and prevent a military disaster, he must unravel the clues around him and use what he learns about the farm, the Underground Railroad, and the lost secrets of an old ghost to become the Last Station On his grandparents’ remote North Carolina farm for the summer, Nate discovers there’s more happening on the rambling property than anyone realizes. To stop a terrorist’s plot and prevent a military disaster, he must unravel the clues around him and use what he learns about the farm, the Underground Railroad, and the lost secrets of an old ghost to become the Last Station Master.


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On his grandparents’ remote North Carolina farm for the summer, Nate discovers there’s more happening on the rambling property than anyone realizes. To stop a terrorist’s plot and prevent a military disaster, he must unravel the clues around him and use what he learns about the farm, the Underground Railroad, and the lost secrets of an old ghost to become the Last Station On his grandparents’ remote North Carolina farm for the summer, Nate discovers there’s more happening on the rambling property than anyone realizes. To stop a terrorist’s plot and prevent a military disaster, he must unravel the clues around him and use what he learns about the farm, the Underground Railroad, and the lost secrets of an old ghost to become the Last Station Master.

46 review for The Last Station Master: A Boy, A Terrorist, A Secret, And Trouble

  1. 4 out of 5

    African Americans on the Move Book Club

    This story was fresh, factual, gripping, educational, entertaining, and amazing. This is a tale of a Nate Daniels, a boy who was sent to the countryside for the summer because of his immature antics and ended up being a hero to say the least. Nate Daniels displays courage, determination and honor in this novel as he aids and assists a "terrorist" much like hos great great great great grandfather who was the Last Station Master for the Underground Railroad. This story will enrich the hearts and m This story was fresh, factual, gripping, educational, entertaining, and amazing. This is a tale of a Nate Daniels, a boy who was sent to the countryside for the summer because of his immature antics and ended up being a hero to say the least. Nate Daniels displays courage, determination and honor in this novel as he aids and assists a "terrorist" much like hos great great great great grandfather who was the Last Station Master for the Underground Railroad. This story will enrich the hearts and minds of African Americans around the world with the facts and history of our heritage. I enjoyed the twists, turns, and characters of this book and it will leave you with memories and knowledge to share with all people very intellectual and fun read. Majesti Burroughs AAMBC Reviewer

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved this story of Nate Daniels's adventure in North Carolina on his grandparents's farm. It integrates some history of The Underground Railroad with a contemporary terrorism-related plot in a way that is both interesting and fun. That said, the apparent lack of any editing or proofreading was beyond frustrating. I really don't know what I will do with this book that I purchased for my middle school library - though I'm thinking of suggesting it to the English teachers as a great source for g I loved this story of Nate Daniels's adventure in North Carolina on his grandparents's farm. It integrates some history of The Underground Railroad with a contemporary terrorism-related plot in a way that is both interesting and fun. That said, the apparent lack of any editing or proofreading was beyond frustrating. I really don't know what I will do with this book that I purchased for my middle school library - though I'm thinking of suggesting it to the English teachers as a great source for grammatical, word-choice, and spelling exercises. It seems as if it would be counterproductive to put it out there for the students, whom we are trying to teach to write correctly and effectively and to pass state writing tests, without cautioning them that it is filled with the kinds of errors that they would be expected to fix before handing in their own writing. But, I suspect that they, like me, would enjoy the story. Really, Key Publishing House, this book deserved better...maybe another edition? Update - January 16, 2014: I am thrilled to report that this book was more thoroughly edited for another printing, the distracting errors are gone, and the story was fun to read the second time through. My students will relate to Nate and the realistic, contemporary aspects of his life and concerns. The many who enjoy ghost stories should appreciate the contributions of Nate's great grandfather. And Nate's involvement in the hunt for a suspected terrorist adds a layer of interest and suspense.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    We first meet our hero fifteen-year-old Nate Daniels when he and and friend are pulled over by the police for joy-riding in a neighbors car. His parents are rightfully upset with his irresponsibility and decide to send him to spend the summer with his grandparents in rural North Carolina. Nate is expecting to spend a boring summer. He isn't expecting terrorists and a family mystery. When Nate flies down from Boston, his plane is detained and searched by Homeland Security. A suspected terrorist is We first meet our hero fifteen-year-old Nate Daniels when he and and friend are pulled over by the police for joy-riding in a neighbors car. His parents are rightfully upset with his irresponsibility and decide to send him to spend the summer with his grandparents in rural North Carolina. Nate is expecting to spend a boring summer. He isn't expecting terrorists and a family mystery. When Nate flies down from Boston, his plane is detained and searched by Homeland Security. A suspected terrorist is on-board. Nate and a couple of other kids are released to the custody of those waiting for them. Nate gets home and finds that someone has slipped a USB into the pocket of his hoodie. He also finds that the farm that has been in his family since before the Civil War is an antebellum mansion complete with a ghost and a mystery. Was his ancestor a black slave-owner or was he secretly a stop on the Underground Railroad? When the terrorist, who convinces Nate that he is really an undercover agent who has information about a traitor in our government, comes to Nate to retrieve his flash drive, Nate believes him and decides to help him get to the Pentagon. He enlists his two new friends from the airplane—fifteen-year-old twins Hannah and Will—to help him. They are children of a soldier who died fighting the Taliban. The story is filled with exciting scenes as Nate has an encounter with a bear, searches for secret passages in his house, and has to elude the army and Homeland Security as they search for Abdi. I think that middle graders will like the excitement and will like the friendships and tentative romance in this story. The characters are well-written and likable. Nate begins the story a little spoiled and convinced that charm will get him out of any trouble but he has a good heart and courage too. I liked his relationship with his grandparents who have secrets of their own. I recommend this fast-paced for mystery and adventure lovers who will also learn a little history as they read this exciting story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    The Last Station Master is about two secrets. Nate is grounded by his parents after joyriding with his friend Malcolm, in a car belonging to Malcom's neighbor and without a driving license. His parents sent him to his grandparents in North Carolina. Nate has to spend his summer there without a computer or cell phone. Along the way, he meets two other teenagers Hannah and William on the plane. There is a delay in getting of the plane due to national security. Nate didn't think too much about it u The Last Station Master is about two secrets. Nate is grounded by his parents after joyriding with his friend Malcolm, in a car belonging to Malcom's neighbor and without a driving license. His parents sent him to his grandparents in North Carolina. Nate has to spend his summer there without a computer or cell phone. Along the way, he meets two other teenagers Hannah and William on the plane. There is a delay in getting of the plane due to national security. Nate didn't think too much about it until federal agents showed up at his grandparents' house. In the meantime, Nate is to discover a mystery that his father asked him to look into. There is also the mystery of why his grandparents refused to talk around him. With his two friends, Hannah and William, Nate is going to discover that what was his great, great, great, grandfather Nathan Freedman's secret and his grandparents' secret and at the same time foiled a terrorist plot with the help of Nathan Freedman's ghost and his two friends. The story gave a very good historical background of the station master and the dangers, the position inherits. Not only does the books has hidden rooms and ghost, it also gives a brief summary of the famous station master such as Harriet Truman and William Still. It does encourage readers to find out more information about these famous people.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Hines

    Nate Daniels gets into some trouble so his parents decide to send him off to his grandparents for the summer. Expecting a humdrum summer, without any action or fun, Nate's summer doesn't start off quite like he expected. His flight to his grandparents is detained and searched when it becomes apparent that a possible terrorist is onboard. Nate is soon released to his grandparents but is a bit stymied when he finds a thumb drive in his pocket - a thumb drive he has never seen before. Add that to hi Nate Daniels gets into some trouble so his parents decide to send him off to his grandparents for the summer. Expecting a humdrum summer, without any action or fun, Nate's summer doesn't start off quite like he expected. His flight to his grandparents is detained and searched when it becomes apparent that a possible terrorist is onboard. Nate is soon released to his grandparents but is a bit stymied when he finds a thumb drive in his pocket - a thumb drive he has never seen before. Add that to his confusion about the farm. It's a big mansion with it's own ghost and a mystery. From there, the adventure really takes off. With the would-be terrorist looking for his flash drive, the steep underground railroad history at the farm and two new friends that Nate met on the plane, there's nothing boring about his summer. Posey does an excellent job of mixing history, adventure and suspense into a young adult book that will keep you thoroughly entertained. The plot is solid and the characters likable. Highly recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    OOSA

    Secrets Nate and his friend Malcolm were pulled over for joyriding in a neighbor's car. Nate's punishment consisted of being sent to his grandparents in rural North Carolina. He expected it to be a boring summer. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers were held until the plane was searched. Will this be his only excitement? The story started a little slow for me. Once Nate arrived at his grandparents, it picked up. I felt the storyline took on a great pace from there. I enjoyed the history lesson Secrets Nate and his friend Malcolm were pulled over for joyriding in a neighbor's car. Nate's punishment consisted of being sent to his grandparents in rural North Carolina. He expected it to be a boring summer. Upon arrival at the airport, passengers were held until the plane was searched. Will this be his only excitement? The story started a little slow for me. Once Nate arrived at his grandparents, it picked up. I felt the storyline took on a great pace from there. I enjoyed the history lesson. I highly recommend “The Last Station Master” for tweens. It demonstrates how the older generation survived in their day. It made me appreciate the days before the internet. Reviewed by: Jas

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aviva

    Wonderful! The Last Station Master is an interesting and engaging read. The protagonist, Nate, is realistically flawed and extremely likeable. He follows his own convictions and does what he believes is right, despite what others think. The story is clever and informative without seeming didactic. I highly recommend this for mid-grade and early young-adult readers (boys and girls alike).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Campbell

    This is a pretty good book. First of all, I was impressed that the author took the time to personalize the dedication inside the cover. I was a bit sceptical upon receiving it because it isn't very big, only 158 pages, but it was a pleasant surprise. The book focuses on a teenage boy, Nathan, who is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer as punishment for getting into some trouble at home. Once he gets there, he realizes that it really isn't all that bad and finds himself tangled up i This is a pretty good book. First of all, I was impressed that the author took the time to personalize the dedication inside the cover. I was a bit sceptical upon receiving it because it isn't very big, only 158 pages, but it was a pleasant surprise. The book focuses on a teenage boy, Nathan, who is sent to stay with his grandparents for the summer as punishment for getting into some trouble at home. Once he gets there, he realizes that it really isn't all that bad and finds himself tangled up in both a family mystery, as well as another involving a stranger. Nathan begins discovering his family's connection to the Underground Railroad and finds out about himself as well. The author also provides some great reference reading, which I immediately sought out after finishing the book. All in all, I would definitely recommend this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was a change for me. I had to shift gears when I received this from a giveaway from the author herself. I read the summary and thought I wouldn't mind reading it. I loved the mystery and the secrecy and adventure.

  10. 5 out of 5

    S.A.M. Posey

    Hello future readers. The Last Station Master is my debut novel. I loved working on it. I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing this story.

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