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Posted October 26, 2008
The Orphan Trains that brought thousands of young children from the east side of the United States to live with farming families in the growing west split many families in the 1800-1900s. One such set of siblings, Oliver and Edward Nordmark, rode the train to Kansas in 1906. Separated from his younger brother for several years, the now 15-year-old Oliver has left his adoptive family to make his way in the world and locate the lost Edward. <BR/><BR/>Riding the rails, he finds himself near the Colorado-Kansas border, and lands steady ranch work with three different brothers. Oliver learns how to harvest and even build houses made from sod before securing enough money to begin his search. Will he and Edward ever be together again, as he promised? <BR/><BR/>This inspiring story is made all the more incredible by the fact that it is based on the real life events of the author's grandfather. Photos of Oliver and the places he lived bring the tale to life in ways that will surely pique the interest of any who never thought history could be interesting. <BR/><BR/>Although the introduction claims that it is not necessary to have read the first volume (FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY!) to enjoy this story, I wish that I had read it, since this book picks up where the last one left off. I hope to review FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! sometime in the near future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2004
What a great story for readers of all ages! When Oliver and his younger brother are sent on an orphan train in 1906 to live with farmers in Kansas, they promise to stick together and never be separated again. When that promise proves to be out of their control, Oliver takes matters into his own hands and hops a freight train headed out of town in a hopeful search for 12 year old Edward. Oliver's TRUE 'coming of age' adventures are captured in this heart warming - sometines heart wrenching - companion story to FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! This is a must read for anyone interested in this period of American History when the Children's Aid Society sent more than 100,000 children west in search of homes - the forerunner of today's foster care system. Book includes many photos of Oliver, his family, Kansas towns at the turn of the century, The Children's Village Orphanage in NY, and more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.