Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story

by Andrea Warren
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Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story by Andrea Warren

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 when he was nine years old.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395913628
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 191,773
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrea Warren is the author of many acclaimed nonfiction books for young readers, including Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, which won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Andrea lives in Kansas. Visit her website at www.andreawarren.com.

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Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 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 5 months ago
I heard about orphan trains from my husband's grandmother who lived in Idaho early in her marriage . When we wanted to adopt a baby, she thought it would be easy to just show up when the orphan train came through. Ha! Not so easy in 1973. This story explains why she had those ideas. It's a wonderful book. Don't miss it.
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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