Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

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by Andrea Warren
     
 

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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who…  See more details below

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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas.

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School Library Journal, Starred Review - Shirley Wilton
From School Library Journal
Grade 4 and up. Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned and abandoned children from the cities of the eastern seaboard were "placed out" to new homes and families in the midwest and western states. Warren's account of the "orphan-train" phenomena, and of one man's story of how it affected his life, is an excellent introduction to researching or discussing children-at-risk in an earlier generation.
Children's Literature
By the middle of the 1800's, there were thousands of orphans and abandoned children in most major cities of the East. A minister named Charles Loring Brace came up with the idea of placing the kids in homes in the West among families who wanted kids and who could provide them with a wholesome place to grow up. It wasn't perfect, but for many children like Lee Nailling, it was salvation. He rode an orphan train for days out to Texas where a loving family took him in. It

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016545684
Publisher:
Andrea Warren
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
381,096
File size:
691 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Andrea Warren is a native Nebraskan who has called Kansas home since 1979. Her seven books of nonfiction for young readers include "Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story"; "We Rode the Orphan Trains"; "Pioneer Girl: A True Story of Growing Up on the Prairie"; "Escape From Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy"; "Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps"; "Under Siege! Three Children at the Civil War Battle for Vicksburg," and "Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London." She is at work on a new book that will be released soon.

Warren's books have won a long list of honors, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award,the William Allen White Award, and the Robert F. Sibert Honor Award.
Warren says, "I write true stories about young people caught up in dramatic events. It's an interesting way to learn about history. Readers identify with my main characters and ask themselves, 'If that had been me, what would I have done?'"

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Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's so interesting to see history through the eyes of someone who was there.  I felt as if I were on an orphan train myself.  Andrea Warren's writing is excellent.  She brings history to life.  What a fine book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a child in your life to love history, give him or her one of Andrea Warren's books. Orphan Train Rider is based on interviews with a man who remembers with poignant detail his own experience on an "orphan train." I gave this book to my mother, whose cousins were also orphan train riders. It provoked many memories of their stories. I'll never forget the description of them standing on the station platform hoping to be chosen by a family. The experiences these orphan children had were not universally good and many were exploited and mistreated. But some, like my mother's cousins, were welcomed and loved. This is a book your whole family will talk about.
ALA-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Andrea Warren's story is about the journey on one boy and his brothers. The boys were taken to an orphanage by their father and eventually they boarded the Orphan Train heading west. Lee the oldest boy tells how angry and hurt he was by being left and his hope that someday he would be reunited with his family. Each of the boys were raised by a different family, but were allowed to see each other making this heart warming story of hope and resiliance.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
In years past, as today, there have always been children who find themselves needing a home outside of their birth families.  In earlier times, families often took in orphaned, or needy children, then immigration and poor jobs and wages, made this all but impossible.  This book tells the story of one man's solution to this problem.  A pastor decided that there was a better solution than housing kids in orphanages.  Thus the Orphan Trains were started from the Children's Aid Society. Orphan Trains took inner city kids cross country to give families in the Midwest and south an opportunity to choose kids from the trains to become a part of their family.  Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 children were placed into families by this method.  This book tells one man's journey from his mother's death to his final placement into a good home.  Lee Nailing tells his story from abandonment by his father, splitting up of his siblings, to becoming the "son" of a wonderful family.  He eventually got in touch with a couple of his surviving siblings too.  Parts of other children's experiences were interspersed within this story.  Some poor experiences, but mostly good ones.   Children from these trains generally grew up to be good productive citizens, including one governor, a leader in Alaska, leaders in other children's aid groups, and other community leaders.  Very interesting book, good for adults and for teaching children about this part of history.  Pictures included. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book.  Beautifully written and impeccably researched.  Andrea Warren is a superb storyteller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, meticulously researched, and totally fascinating.  Orphan Trail Rider is a great read. I can recommend it for children, young adults and adults.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the shortest books ever - only a few pages long. If I would have known this I wouldn't have spent the money to get it.
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McSusan More than 1 year ago
Interesting, very short true story of the orphan train experience from the memory of a man that lived it. Sometimes sad, sometimes heartwarming but certainly always real.
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