A Family Apart (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #1)

A Family Apart (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #1)

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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FOR LOVERS OF HISTORICAL ADVENTURE, A FAMILY APART IS THE MIDDLE-GRADE ANSWER TO CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE'S NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ORPHAN TRAIN.
 
Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen.
 
This is the fate that befalls the Kelly children. It’s 1856,

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FOR LOVERS OF HISTORICAL ADVENTURE, A FAMILY APART IS THE MIDDLE-GRADE ANSWER TO CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE'S NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING ORPHAN TRAIN.
 
Imagine being taken from your home. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen.
 
This is the fate that befalls the Kelly children. It’s 1856, and their widowed mother has sent them west from New York City because she’s convinced that she can’t give them the life they deserve.
 
The Kellys board an “orphan train” and are taken to St. Joseph, Missouri, where their problems only grow worse. It was bad enough that they had to say goodbye to their mother, but now they’re forced to part ways with their fellow siblings as well. Thirteen-year-old Frances won’t stand for it. She’s going to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger.
 
Will Frances be able to save her siblings? And what about her mom—was splitting up their family really her greatest act of love? Ride the rails with Frances and her siblings to find out!
 
“This is as close to a perfect book as you’ll buy this year.” –VOYA

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From the 1860s to the late 1920s orphaned children were rounded up in New York City and sent via train to live with farm families in Missouri and other points West. Nixon's first book in the series, "The Orphan Train Adventures" finds a struggling widowed mother trying to feed and care for six children. When her eldest son is caught stealing for the family his mother makes the choice to send her children West to protect her son from jail and all of them from a miserable life. Her eldest daughter becomes the strength of the family by trying to make sense of why their mother has seemingly abandoned them. What will become of them? Who will be their new families? Will they ever see each other again? The series begins to unfold in this extremely moving and well-paced novel. It provides a rich look into problems immigrant and orphaned children faced during a difficult time in our developing nation. Highly recommended for classroom and libraries. 2000, Gareth Stevens, Ages 8 to 12, $21.27 and $4.50. Reviewer: Melissa A. Caudill

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440226765
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Orphan Train Adventures Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
145,694
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.

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Family Apart (The Orphan Train Adventures Series #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the series!!!!!!! Its very sad though it might make you cry but it didnt make me cry. You really should get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!"""""""""""""""""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book I have already read but want to read it again
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I loved this book soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooioooooooooooooooooooo much
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Lawhead_Fan More than 1 year ago
I read this series to my fourth grade students during my student teaching practicum and now that my sons are old enough I can't wait to start reading it with them! It is warm hearted, funny, adventurous and teaches good morals while making kids think. You fall in love with the characters, so it is great that the author weaves them back in to future books. This is a fabulous series to read to your class or family aloud so you can discuss what choices the characters are faced with. Highly recommended. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Im almost 13 years old and Im an advanced reader. I've read sooo many books but by far this series is one of the best you'll ever read! I read this when I was 11. I read all 5 of them in about 4-5 days!! You can't put it down!!! A must read for everyone/anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books you'll ever read! This book made me laugh. This book made me cry. This book was well written, wonderful, and exciting. No part of the book was boring! It was GREAT! I recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. It has a lot of truth in it. It really shows what people had to go through in the past to have a better life. It's sad in a way but it's good in a way. It's sad because the children lose their mother and they have to move to separate homes. It's good in a way because the children have a second chance to be come a better person. To my opinion this was an outstanding book. Family Apart was an excellent read that I would recommend to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at first, but I really like it when I kept reading it. I just finish this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Imani-13 Family Apart is about a family who is separated during the American Westward Expansion. It was heartbreaking for the children, but they soon understood why their mother sent them west. Family Apart was an excellent read that I woul recomend to all readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. It explains how our country was in a period of time and it describes how kids feel. Also, it gives many good examples of sacrifices. I think that it is a really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book. Even if it does make you cry once and a while. It really shows what people had to go through when they came to our country to find a new life. I love that most of the kids found good homes since that wasn't always the case on orphane trains. I recomend that you read this book with a box of tissues. You're going to need them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My fourth grade teacher read it to us and everyday my class couldn't wait until she did. It's a great family book. Read it with a box of tissues. It's one of the best books ever writen!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great and it captures your imagination and takes it to the next page. I am reading this sires with my daughter and she absoultly loves the sireis.!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My name is Jessa,I am 13 years old. I thought that the book was great and interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book. It made me feel very sad about the family. Ithink this is Dixon's best book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think the book was excllent and it was written well i think that the book could of went into a little more detail other than that i would recomend this book to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. It has a lot of truth in it. It's sad in a way but it's good in a way. It's sad because the children lose their mother and they have to move to seperate homes. It's good in a way because the children have a secpond chance. To my opinion this was an outstanding book.