Painted on the door of the carriage was a sign that read
Excerpted from Emily's Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Copyright © 2010 by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Excerpted by permission of Delacorte Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Catchum Child-Catching Services
Trumpet Junction Branch
Orphans, Strays, and Roustabouts
Rounded Up Quickly
Emily jumped behind a mail cart so fast that she bumped into a boy in a faded brown jacket.
"Hey!" he said. "Watch where you're going!" And then, "You're an orphan too, aren't you?"
"How did you know?" she asked him.
He shrugged. "Saw you trying to hide from the Child Catchers, just like I used to do."
From the Hardcover edition.