Fly Little Bird, Fly!

Fly Little Bird, Fly!

by Donna Nordmark Aviles

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ISBN-13: 9781932852073
Publisher: Wasteland Press
Publication date: 02/23/2004
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

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Fly Little Bird, Fly! 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
dsalerni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oliver Nordmark is only seven when a single day's truancy lands him in a New York City youth detention center in 1905. Shortly thereafter, he is coldly informed that his mother has died and he and his three-year old brother are orphans. Life in the city orphanage is harsh, and when overcrowding causes city officials to ship the orphans out west by trains, it seems an opportunity for a better life. Oliver takes his young brother Edward under his wing, and they hope to be taken in by a loving family. But do the people who meet the train in Kansas want sons - or cheap labor? Fly Little Bird, Fly is a true story of life at the turn of the century, where little boys can't count on love or fairness and two brothers learn " the only one looking out for us -- is us."
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Oliver Nordmark decided to play hooky from school one day in 1905, he never imagined that his mistake would lead to a life-changing event.

After one week in the Guarish Society Detention Center, he is told that his mother has died and his father is nowhere to be found. He and his little brother, Edward, are taken to the New York State Orphanage, and a few months later, both board one of the Orphan Trains heading west to be "resettled" with new families.

Finding himself now in charge of his younger brother, eight-year-old Oliver struggles to keep the two of them together. As the brothers try to make their way against dismal odds, they learn that they must rely on nobody but themselves.

Based on the true story of the author's grandfather and his travels on the Orphan Train in 1906, this story brings to life the grim reality that many children faced at the dawn of today's foster care system.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oliver Nordmark is only seven when a single day¿s truancy lands him in a New York City youth detention center in 1905. Shortly thereafter, he is coldly informed that his mother has died and he and his three-year old brother are orphans. Life in the city orphanage is harsh, and when overcrowding causes city officials to ship the orphans out west by trains, it seems an opportunity for a better life. Oliver takes his young brother Edward under his wing, and they hope to be taken in by a loving family. But do the people who meet the train in Kansas want sons ¿ or cheap labor? Fly Little Bird, Fly is a true story of life at the turn of the century, where little boys can¿t count on fairness and two brothers learn ¿ the only one looking out for us -- is us.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for the 9-12 year old reader. Also would be enjoyed by adults interested in this period of history when the Children's Aid Society placed over 100,000 orphaned and neglected children on trains traveling west. As a forerunner of today's foster care system, these children were placed with farming families. This book is a true story of two brothers and the surprises, anguish, twists and turns that their lives took, surely shaping their futures. A cliffhanger ending, leaving the reader wanting more....