Orphan Train Book

Orphan Train


  • Author : Christina Baker Kline
  • Publisher : HarperLuxe
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 0062887874

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Orphan Train Excerpt :

From Christina Baker Kline comes a novel about two women: one about to age out of the foster care system, the other 90 years old and carrying both a tremendous secret and a story of a life formed by a part of American history almost entirely forgotten: the Orphan Trains Molly Ayer has one last chance, and she knows it. Close to being kicked out of her foster home -- just months from turning 18 and “aging out” of the system -- Molly should be grateful that her boyfriend found her a community service project: helping an old lady clean out her home. Molly can’t help but think that the 50 hours will be tedious, but at least they’ll keep her out of juvie, and right now that’s all she cares about. Ninety-one-year-old Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine for decades. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are keys to a turbulent past. Molly is about to discover -- as she and Vivian unpack her possessions, and memories -- that Vivian’s story is a piece of America’s tumultuous history now largely forgotten: the tale of a young Irish immigrant, orphaned in New York City and put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other orphaned children whose destiny would be determined by luck and chance. As Molly digs deeper, she finds surprising parallels in her own experience as a Penobscot Indian and Vivian’s story -- and Molly realizes that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life. Rich in detail and epic in scope, THE TRAIN RIDER is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendships, and of the secrets we carry with us that keep us from finding out who we are.

Orphan Train Book
Score: 4
From 3,836 Ratings

Orphan Train


  • Author : Christina Baker Kline
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2013-04-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062101204

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Orphan Train Excerpt :

The #1 New York Times Bestseller Now featuring a sneak peek at Christina's forthcoming novel The Exiles, coming August 2020. “A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of America’s history. Beautiful.”—Ann Packer Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, and unexpected friendship.

Orphan Train Girl Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Orphan Train Girl


  • Author : Christina Baker Kline
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062445964

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Orphan Train Girl Excerpt :

This young readers’ edition of Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a twelve-year-old foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman. Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author’s note and archival photos from the orphan train era. This book is especially perfect for mother/daughter reading groups. Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers. Soon Molly sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too—an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a so-called "orphan train" to the Midwest with hundreds of other children—and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly’s life so hard. Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian’s attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

Orphan Train Rider Book
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

Orphan Train Rider


  • Author : Andrea Warren
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 0395913624

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Orphan Train Rider Excerpt :

Discusses the placement of over 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children in homes throughout the Midwest from 1854 to 1929 by recounting the story of one boy and his brothers.

Orphan Trains Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

Orphan Trains


  • Author : Marylin Irvin Holt
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Release Date : 1994-02-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 0803235976

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Orphan Trains Excerpt :

"From 1850 to 1930 America witnessed a unique emigration and resettlement of at least 200,000 children and several thousand adults, primarily from the East Coast to the West. This 'placing out,' an attempt to find homes for the urban poor, was best known by the 'orphan trains' that carried the children. Holt carefully analyzes the system, initially instituted by the New York Children's Aid Society in 1853, tracking its imitators as well as the reasons for its creation and demise. She captures the children's perspective with the judicious use of oral histories, institutional records, and newspaper accounts. This well-written volume sheds new light on the multifaceted experience of children's immigration, changing concepts of welfare, and Western expansion. It is good, scholarly social history."—Library Journal

Orphan Trains Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Orphan Trains


  • Author : Stephen O'Connor
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2014-11-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547523705

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Orphan Trains Excerpt :

The true story behind Christina Baker Kline’s bestselling novel is revealed in this “engaging and thoughtful history” of the Children’s Aid Society (Los Angeles Times). A powerful blend of history, biography, and adventure, Orphan Trains fills a grievous gap in the American story. Tracing the evolution of the Children’s Aid Society, this dramatic narrative tells the fascinating tale of one of the most famous—and sometimes infamous—child welfare programs: the orphan trains, which spirited away some two hundred fifty thousand abandoned children into the homes of rural families in the Midwest. In mid-nineteenth-century New York, vagrant children, whether orphans or runaways, filled the streets. The city’s solution for years had been to sweep these children into prisons or almshouses. But a young minister named Charles Loring Brace took a different tack. With the creation of the Children’s Aid Society in 1853, he provided homeless youngsters with shelter, education, and, for many, a new family out west. The family matching process was haphazard, to say the least: at town meetings, farming families took their pick of the orphan train riders. Some children, such as James Brady, who became governor of Alaska, found loving homes, while others, such as Charley Miller, who shot two boys on a train in Wyoming, saw no end to their misery. Complete with extraordinary photographs and deeply moving stories, Orphan Trains gives invaluable insights into a creative genius whose pioneering, if controversial, efforts inform child rescue work today.

Orphan Train Escape Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Orphan Train Escape


  • Author : Rachel Wesson
  • Publisher : Hearts on the Rails
  • Release Date : 2018-08-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 1718064829

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Orphan Train Escape Excerpt :

Bridget Collins is in dire straits - she needs to get out of New York, fast. With two young siblings under her wing, her options are limited.Her priest sends her as an outplacement agent on the orphan trains that run from New York to out west.With almost forty orphans under her care, she's relieved fellow and more experienced outplacement agent Carl Watson, is there to guide her. But Carl is dealing with his own trauma and finds it difficult to handle the pain the orphans are dealing with.Through tears and laughter, everyone on the orphan train has a lesson to teach about love, life and loyalty. And Bridget finds a new, unexpected calling. Every child deserves a happy home and Bridget is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that happens. No matter what the cost...

We Rode the Orphan Trains Book
Score: 3
From 4 Ratings

We Rode the Orphan Trains


  • Author : Andrea Warren
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2004-03
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 132
  • ISBN 10 : 0618432353

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We Rode the Orphan Trains Excerpt :

Describes the journey many orphan children took looking for families and homes to call their own.

The Orphan Trains Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Orphan Trains


  • Author : Peggy Caravantes
  • Publisher : Cherry Lake
  • Release Date : 2013-08-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781624314582

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The Orphan Trains Excerpt :

This book relays the factual details of the orphan trains that sent East Coast orphans to be with families in the Midwest and West. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the event, and readers learn details from the point of view of an orphan child heading to the Midwest, a Midwestern family awaiting a child, and a New York City child welfare worker. This book offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives in the text while gathering and analyzing information about an historical event.

Orphan Train Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Orphan Train


  • Author : Verla Kay
  • Publisher : Putnam Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 0399236139

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Orphan Train Excerpt :

Illustrations and rhyming text tell the story of a sister and two brothers who become orphans, are taken in, and make a journey aboard an orphan train to separate new homes.

The Orphan Train Book

The Orphan Train


  • Author : Aurand Harris
  • Publisher : Anchorage Press (UK)
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 59
  • ISBN 10 : 087602360X

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With You Always  Orphan Train Book  1  Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

With You Always Orphan Train Book 1


  • Author : Jody Hedlund
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441231246

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With You Always Orphan Train Book 1 Excerpt :

A Riveting Look at the Orphan Train from Historical Novelist Jody Hedlund When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

The Way Life Should Be Book
Score: 3.5
From 17 Ratings

The Way Life Should Be


  • Author : Christina Baker Kline
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061857256

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, and the critically acclaimed author of Bird in Hand, comes a novel of love, risk, and self-discovery—includes a special PS section featuring insights, interviews, and more. Angela can feel the clock ticking. She is single in New York City, stuck in a job she doesn’t want and a life that seems to have, somehow, just happened. She inherited a flair for Italian cooking from her grandmother, but she never seems to have the time for it—these days, her oven holds only sweaters. Tacked to her office bulletin board is a photo from a magazine of a tidy cottage on the coast of Maine—a charming reminder of a life that could be hers, if she could only muster the courage to go after it. On a hope and a chance, Angela decides to pack it all up and move to Maine, finding the nudge she needs in the dating profile of a handsome sailor who loves dogs and Italian food. But her new home isn’t quite matching up with the fantasy. Far from everything familiar, Angela begins to rebuild her life from the ground up. Working at a local coffeehouse, she begins to discover the pleasures and secrets of her new small-town community and, in the process, realizes there’s really no such thing as the way life should be.

Together Forever  Orphan Train Book  2  Book
Score: 4.5
From 11 Ratings

Together Forever Orphan Train Book 2


  • Author : Jody Hedlund
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2018-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493414819

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Together Forever Orphan Train Book 2 Excerpt :

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train. Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

Nettie and Nellie Crook  Orphan Train Sisters Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Nettie and Nellie Crook Orphan Train Sisters


  • Author : E. F. Abbott
  • Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
  • Release Date : 2016-02-16
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250080332

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Nettie and Nellie Crook Orphan Train Sisters Excerpt :

Can you imagine being placed in an orphanage while your parents are still alive? That’s what happens to Nettie and Nellie Crook, who are only five years old in 1910 when they are removed from their home in New York. No one tells Nettie and Nellie why their parents can no longer care for them, and later, no one explains why the orphans are put on a train headed west. The girls soon find themselves put on display in various small towns, where prospective parents examine and select children for adoption. Nettie and Nellie are taken by Mr. and Mrs. Chapin—will this be a happy ending for the twins? Based on a True Story books are exciting historical fiction about real children who lived through extraordinary times in American History. This title has Common Core connections.