The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs
by Betty G.* Birney (2005)
A boy who wants to travel and see the world, or at least get off the farm and ride a train, looks around his small town for "wonders" and finds how special his family and neighbors really are. Well done characters, humor, strength of family and community, but also following your dreams, looking out into the wide world.
*are there a lot of other Betty Birneys out there she might get confused with?