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Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story Paperback – Sep 28 1998


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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 28 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395913624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395913628
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 21.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #666,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By little lady blue TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 15 2014
Format: Paperback
Having only just learned about Charles Brace and the `Orphan Trains' this book, although short, portrays one (thankfully) happy ending for this set of brothers who were sent off on the train in the 1920's. The photos even more than the prose is what is so terribly heart-wrenching.

Since over 200,000 children were put on those trains between 1854 and 1930 I truly wish we had more documentation and stories from them. It is shocking that this is such a little known fact of American history and not taught in schools. I had never even heard of an `Orphan Train' until a book called "The Midnight Train Home" by Erika Tamar which I read only a few months ago.

Charles Brace certainly had the best interest of these children in mind and created a system that, in theory, should have worked. It is unfortunate to know that many of the children were ill treated and have never had a chance to speak out about it.

Kudos to Ms. Andrea Warren for bringing us at least this one story with a happy ending. Lord only knows how many more there are out there that did not end so happily.
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I would like to start by saying that I think the suggested reading age is a little low. While the writing is well within in capabilities of most 4-6 graders, the subject may be a little touchy for the younger end of the group. I would be reluctant to let a sensative child read this book until at least the 5th grade.
That said, I think the book was wonderful.The writing is well done for children's non-fiction, but also is able to capture adult readers. The book is a fascinating story about one of the few surviving children who rode one of the orphan trains as well as the general story of the trains history.
My wife, 11 year old daughter and I read the book (my wife and I in 1 evening, my daughter the next) and then we discussed the concept of the trains, the needs for them and why such things are no longer in use in today's society. It made for a good family discussion and we all learned from the experience.
This book has very good content, as well as interesting information about the sociology of this country's past. It was well worth the read for both adults and our daughter and we all enjoyed it.
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Format: Paperback
This book would be an excellent follow-up to the movie "Orphan Train". It brings out the reality of the movement between 1854 and 1930 of 200,000 abandoned children to find homes in the West.
Chapters alternate between historical information on the movement and personal details and memories of orphans like Lee Nailling and his brothers.
The most touching moment for me was when Lee, who had every reason to be bitter and hate the world, finally found a home. Fully intending to run away again before morning, he fell asleep and was awakened by a call to breakfast. As a part of "grace" said before the meal by his mother-to-be, the boy heard, "Father, thank you for sending our new son to us, for the privilege of allowing us to raise him."
Lee commented, "I'm sure my jaw dropped in amazement. Somebody was actually thankful I was there!"
There are also many excellent photographs.
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