The Goose Road, by Rowena House.
But they do, and remove their cow and pig. Nothing is left except Pascal’s flock of magnificent Toulouse geese, hidden in the woods when the army scouts arrive. And as if that were not enough tragedy, their father’s gambling debts surface in the shape of angry creditors demanding what is owed: they will lose the farm and very soon be homeless unless Angelique and her mother can think of a solution, and the only solution is for Angelique and her Uncle Gustav to herd her beautiful geese across France to find the highest bidder in a country that is desperate for food, a country full of liars and profiteers, good people who are starving – and English and French Officers who will pay astronomical prices for a Christmas Goose, especially those Officers who are expecting to die in battle soon.Ms House recounts Angelique’s journey with her beloved Uncle as suspensefully as any good thriller writer; her characters are rock-solid and she captures all too well the desperation and despair that makes good people do terrible things – and those like Angelique’s childhood friend René, who enlists in the army despite having a withered leg from a bout of Polio: he couldn’t bear to be called a coward. This is a truly great book for all teen readers. FIVE STARS