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

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When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

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When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

When their mother can no longer support them, six siblings are sent by the Children's Aid Society of New York City to live with farm families in Missouri in 1860.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836826388
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Orphan Train Adventures Series , #1
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 162
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Adore this series

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    BEST SERIES EVER CREATED!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    AWESOME BOOK!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    A FAMILY APART

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2007

    It was really great.

    I didn't like this book at first, but I really like it when I kept reading it. I just finish this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Amazing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    A REALLY GOOD BOOK

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    GREAT BOOK!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2001

    A Heart Warming Story

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    A Family Apart

    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.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    A Family Apart!!!

    My name is Jessa,I am 13 years old. I thought that the book was great and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2000

    Outstanding book.

    It is a very good book. It made me feel very sad about the family. Ithink this is Dixon's best book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2000

    good book

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    A outstanding and an accurate book

    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.

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