by Karen Cushman

The hero of this lively children's historical fiction novel is a mean 12 year old orphan who is desperate for a home. Set in 1881 on the train going west from Chicago to California, this story of the wild, lonely orphans is like something out of Dickens, especially when they remember their desperate lives in the city they left behind.

Rodzina's first-person account of the uproar on the journey makes the dramatic history immediate. "A natural for American history classes." (Booklist)

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Grade 5-9         DRA Level:  60                          Lexile: 740L
Grade Level Equiv: 5.3             Guided Reading:  Y

Cover Options
There are three different cover options.  It seems the green train version (left) is harder to get [at least on Amazon].  The middle one appears to be for Kindles.

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