These books are both written by the same author and work really well together!
We Rode the Orphan Trains provides a readable introduction to the orphan trains, including what led to their creation, what it was like as a child on the trains, and what happened to the children in their new homes. Numerous actual orphan train survivors "share their memories of transition and adventure, disappointment and loneliness, but ultimately of the joy of belonging to their own new families."
Then, Orphan Train Rider provides one man's story--from his early abandonment in the east to riding the train west in 1926 to his final arrival in Texas. In their review of this book, Booklist said "children will find this a good resource on an intriguing subject" and School Library Journal said, "if only one book can be acquired, this should be it."
- American Library Assoc. Notable Children's Book 1997 (Orphan Train Rider)
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award 1996 (Orphan Train Rider)
- Society of School Librarians Award (Orphan Train Rider)
Interest Level: Grade 4-8 DRA Level: 50 Lexile Measure: 960L
Grade Equivalent: 6.6 Guided Reading: V
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