Orphan Train Girl

Author by : Christina Baker Kline
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Publisher by : HarperCollins
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Description : This young readers’ edition of Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a twelve-year-old foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman. Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author’s note and archival photos from the orphan train era. This book is especially perfect for mother/daughter reading groups. Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers. Soon Molly sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too—an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a so-called "orphan train" to the Midwest with hundreds of other children—and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly’s life so hard. Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian’s attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings.


The Orphan Train

Author by : Steve Brigman
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Description : TEN-YEAR-OLD JAMES CANNOT IMAGINE THE FATE THAT AWAITS HIM AND THE PRETTY LITTLE GIRL WHO SITS NEXT TO HIM ON THE INFAMOUS ORPHAN TRAIN. ..".a superb, coarse-grained voice that makes you want more...the Ozark's new narrator who will stand with Alan Le May, A.B. Guthrie, and of course, the above-mentioned Greg Matthews."-Reavis Z. Wortham, author of the "Red River Mystery Series." James is ten when he is taken from a New York orphanage and sent out west on one of the infamous orphan trains, meeting a pretty little girl on his journey who will one day become the core of his existence and the source of his deepest despair. "Gripping from the first sentence to the last-I could not put this book down...An outstanding debut novel from author Steve Brigman."-Diane Moody, author of "Of Windmills and War" and "A Runaway Pastor's Wife." "Brigman is an excellent writer. I could see the characters vividly in my mind as I read the story."-Rolland Love, author of "Blue Hole" and "River's Edge."


Orphan Train West Trilogy

Author by : Jane Peart
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Publisher by : Fleming H Revell Company
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Orphan Train

Author by : Christina Baker Kline
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Description : Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life -- answers that will ultimately free them both.


Emily S Story

Author by : Clark Kidder
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Publisher by : Kidder Productions, LLC
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Description : It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America s not-so-distant past that nearly 200,000 children could be loaded on trains in large cities on our East Coast, sent to the rural Midwest, and presented for the picking to anyone who expressed an interest in them. That's exactly what happened between the years 1854 and 1929. The primitive social experiment became known as placing out, and had its origins in a New York City organization founded by Charles Loring Brace called the Children's Aid Society. The Society gathered up orphans, half-orphans, and abandoned children from streets and orphanages, and placed them on what are now referred to as Orphan Trains. It was Brace s belief that there was always room for one more at a farmer s table. The stories of the individual children involved in this great migration of little emigrants have nearly all been lost in the attic of American history. In this book, the author tells the true story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, who, at the tender age of thirteen, became one of the aforementioned children who rode an Orphan Train. In 1906, Emily was plucked from the Elizabeth Home for Girls, which was operated by the Children's Aid Society, and placed on a train, along with eight other children, bound for Hopkinton, Iowa. Emily s journey, as it turned out, was only just beginning. Life had many lessons in store for her - lessons that would involve perseverance, overcoming adversity, finding lasting love, and suffering great loss. Emily's story is told through the use of primary material, oral history, interviews, and historical photographs. It is a tribute to the human spirit of an extraordinary young girl who became a woman - a woman to whom the heartfelt phrase "there's no place like home," had a very profound meaning.


We Rode The Orphan Trains

Author by : Andrea Warren
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Publisher by : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Description : Describes the journey many orphan children took looking for families and homes to call their own.


Orphan Train Behind The Story

Author by : Jillian Warman
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Publisher by : Behind the Story
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Description : Christina Baker Kline wanted to do something she’d never done before: write a work of fiction based on historically accurate information. And if that’s not difficult enough, she faced incredible heartache in the midst of writing the book. But, Kline never gave up on her writing, pushing through the pain until Orphan Train was published. Her novel has enjoyed great success—in part because it discusses feelings many can relate to: neglect, rejection, hope, redemption. It isn’t a fairytale; rather, Kline created a work of authenticity—a work about struggle and hope and new beginnings. Orphan Train is also a fictional account of a real time in US history in which orphans were relocated to various homesteads in the Midwest. The journeys these children had to make involved much more than a train ride and Kline does a brilliant job illustrating what they went through. Orphan Train is a masterpiece in every way and a creative account of a very real time in US history. Experience: The Behind the Story Effect After reading a BTS... You feel inspired to follow your hearts and dreams... — Arshi Ever been backstage at a concert? Here you go -- in written form. — Author, Editor I felt enriched with knowledge about the book, and I felt like I knew more about the book. — Aspiring Author I felt like the Behind the Story offered a new look into the book, and appreciated that, as most of the time, that angle is unexplored. — Aspiring Author It makes me discover new things, and when I re-read the book, my emotions are different, deeper now that I understand what's behind the book.— Karlen I felt closer to the writer knowing more about them as a person and why they wrote what they wrote. — The Beta Reading Club Get ready for one of the most unique experiences you will ever have...this is definitely CliffNotes and SparkNotes on Steroids. — Author, Editor


Orphan Train By Christina Baker Kline A 30 Minute Summary

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Description : PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline | A 30-minute Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: Overview of the entire book Introduction to the Important people in the book Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book Key Takeaways of the book A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapter 1 Molly is a seventeen-year old girl living in the foster care system. Her current foster parents are Dina and Ralph. Molly is sure she will soon be kicked out and sent to the juvenile detention center. She was caught stealing an old copy of Jane Eyre from the public library. She learns she can do community service instead of going to the detention center. Dina wants to kick Molly out, but Ralph talks her into letting Molly stay. Jack is Molly’s boyfriend. His mom, Terry, is a housekeeper for Vivian, the elderly woman who lives alone. Terry asks Vivian if Molly can help her clean her attic as part of a school project. She does not want Vivian to know that Molly actually needs community service hours. Chapter 2 During Molly’s interview, Vivian asks Molly about herself. Molly shares that she is a Penobscot Indian. Her father died, and her mother could not care of her, so she ended up in the foster care system. Vivian tells Molly that she became an orphan at almost the exact same age as Molly. She then asks Molly when she would like to begin working in the attic...


Orphan Train West

Author by : Jane Peart
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Description : In 1890, three 8-year old orphan girls head west on the "Orphan Train"--Laurel, Toddy and Kit go to live in Meadowridge.


An Awakened Heart Orphan Train

Author by : Jody Hedlund
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Publisher by : Bethany House
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Description : Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them. Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he's grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him--plans that may include this feisty socialite?


Orphan Train Rider

Author by : Andrea Warren
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Publisher by : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Description : Discusses the placement of over 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children in homes throughout the Midwest from 1854 to 1929 by recounting the story of one boy and his brothers.


From Orphan Train To Manhood

Author by : Helen Allee Breedlove
Languange : en
Publisher by : iUniverse
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Description : In 1928, ten-year-old Lenvil O’Loughlin and his two younger brothers are picked up off the squalid streets of New York City and put on an orphan train headed west. Scared and fearful of what the future holds, Lenvil only hopes the three of them can stay together. When the train screeches to a halt in Lebanon, Missouri, Lenvil’s brothers are selected by a childless couple. However, Lenvil is left to agonize over the separation and is put back on the train to go farther west. In Springfield, he is taken by Eldon Detherage, a cruel taskmaster who wants a boy for no other reason than to work on his farm. Fortunately, Lenvil has a champion in Eldon’s wife, Velma, who treats him with the kindness he desperately needs. As the impact of the Great Depression spreads, everyone is struggling just to survive. As the years pass, Lenvil copes with the hardships of life on the farm as best he can, but he also makes himself a promise: someday he will find his brothers and make a better life for them all.


Orphan Trains

Author by : Rebecca Langston-George
Languange : en
Publisher by : Capstone
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Description : Discover the true story of seven orphans who were settled with families in the Midwest by the Children's Aid Society.


Orphan Train

Author by : James Magnuson
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Publisher by : Fawcett Books
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The Cheese Song

Author by : Lisa Gammon Olson
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Description : Join Libby & Josie as they journey on one of the infamous orphan trains in 1896 from New York City to the midwest in search of a forever family. Two girls watch each other across the train car with interest. One holds tight to her little brother and the other clutches a mysterious basket. An unexpected secret will bind the two girls together. Part of the Tales from American HerStory series featuring young female protagonists, this book shares the story of one little girl, who, like a quarter million young American orphans at the end of the 19th century, traveled west in hopes of fi nding a new family.


Orphan Train Riders

Author by : Kay B. Hall
Languange : en
Publisher by : Orphan Train Heritage Society
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Description : From 1854 to 1929 about 150,000 orphans from New York City and the surrounding area were placed in homes in the Midwest and West. The children were sent out on "Orphan Trains."


Chasing The Orphan Train

Author by : James Goodwin
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Description : Chasing the Orphan train is a saga of one girl's experience immigrating to the United States from Ireland in the mid-1800s. Irish were not welcome in our cities and the tide only started to turn with the creation of associations like Tammany Hall in New York City. The New York City and Boston areas were accepting more Irish immigrants than any other cities. One segment of the population growing faster than ever as a result of immigration was the number of homeless children. New York City had between 10,000 and 30,000 homeless children in 1850. There were no children's homes or social services available, and the concept of families fostering children unrelated to them was not a consideration at that time.The first major response to deal with the situation was developed by various churches. Their response to this problem was to gather homeless children and ship them to rural areas where they could help the farmers and hopefully learn skills. Church groups took the lead and collected children suitable for placement with a family in rural America. Trains were just becoming the preferred way to travel and their outreach to mid-America made it possible to load cars with children and disperse them to families in other cities. Most often the children were like indentured servants. Many were required to work on the farm till age twenty and then they were free to go after receiving a stipend from the farm family. There were also some children adopted by their farm family.The family placement movement as it was known by these churches existed between the mid-1850's and the mid-1920s. It ended when States developed child welfare policies and departments. Although most of the children were transported by train to their new homes the term "orphan train" was not used during that time. Many children were not orphans, but instead were children in need of services and most likely without a home.This Saga follows the adventures of the oldest daughter in an Irish family immigrating to New York City during the first days of the orphan train. The father, mother and four children sailed across the Atlantic in steerage. The mother died during the voyage leaving to the oldest daughter the role of parenting the younger children. A New York church group seeing three young children unsupervised assumed they were homeless and swept them off the streets. The oldest girl then had the arduous task of chasing down the train and reclaiming her siblings who never were homeless.For forty years I worked as a Clinical Social Worker and eventually Director of a children's agency providing counseling, adoption services, foster homes and residential treatment. The Donald M. Whaley Home was opened in 1926 and part of the modern approach to child welfare. Most of the early children's homes, although licensed by the State, were still sponsored and run by various religious denominations. These agencies learned from the experience of the orphan trains and developed more effective foster care and adoption placements. In the 1970s The Whaley Home's name was changed to Whaley Children's Center to better reflect the services it continues to provide.In many ways, child welfare hasn't progressed as far as we'd like it. There are too many homeless children, too many children being abused and not enough families, agencies and professional care workers to meet the needs. Most states have been cutting budgets that used to go for children's services. This saga reflects many things I've learned in the child welfare field. Maternal and paternal instincts aren't present in everyone. Child abuse leaves scars that may never heal. Foster families and adoptive families do remarkable things, and children are resilient. In each case I learned that love is just one part of the care needed to heal wounded children.


Orphan Train Screenplay

Author by : Brian Stewart
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Publisher by : Boat Angel Outreach Center
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Description : Every now and then a great story is created that has all the elements of a wonderful drama. It has danger, villian, heros and usually children at risk. Orphan Train is no exception. This is a wonderful story of rescue starring well-known Mahie Gill.


Vivian S Choice An Expanded Scene From Orphan Train

Author by : Christina Baker Kline
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Publisher by : HarperCollins
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Description : Since the publication of her smash international bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline has met with countless readers and book clubs and is often asked the same question about a key decision one of her protagonists makes in Orphan Train. Christina has longed to write a scene in which she clarifies Vivian’s motivations. Now, in this newly released scene and within the book itself, she gives her readers new insights into Vivian’s thoughts and feelings behind that fateful decision.


Orphan Train Sweetheart

Author by : Mollie Campbell
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Publisher by : Harlequin
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Description : Finding a Frontier Family Spring Hill is the orphan train’s last stop—a final chance for Simon McKay to find homes for his young charges. When his fellow placing agent quits, Simon enlists help from the frontier town’s pretty schoolteacher. Cecilia Holbrook is as intriguing as she is independent, yet Simon’s devotion to his mission will soon call him back to New York. Long overshadowed by her flirtatious sister, Cecilia is done with waiting for a man to choose her. She’s already fighting the school board to keep her position. Now she’s struggling not to lose her heart to Simon. Could their shared concern for the children show them how to follow a new dream, together?


The Orphan S Daughter

Author by : Sandy Taylor
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Publisher by : Bookouture
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Description : ‘Wow… I absolutely loved this book. Warning: keep the tissues handy!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Gut-wrenching… Brought me to tears numerous times’ Stacy is Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ireland, 1924. For thirteen-year-old Nora Doyle every day is a fight for survival in Ballybun, the rural Irish village she calls home. Each night, as she feels the cold wind blowing through the cracks of her family’s cramped cottage, Nora longs to escape the poverty surrounding her and find her place in the world. When she meets Edward, from the grand house that looms over her tiny village, she feels an unlikely kinship that is impossible to explain, and as she grows from an impulsive child into a beautiful woman, Nora spends every moment she can with him. But Edward holds the key to a secret about Nora’s own family that changes her life forever, and the devastating impact tears Nora away from her beloved village. Now she must start afresh in busy, hectic Dublin. When Nora meets charming baker Joe Lynch, can she dare to risk her heart again? But sorrow is never far away for an Irish village girl, and when tragedy strikes, Nora must return to Ballybun to see Edward once more and face up to the truth that drove her away. But back amongst the familiar sights and smells of her childhood, Nora feels herself drawn once more to her old life, and love, as she faces an impossible choice. Torn in different directions, can Nora find the strength to be true to herself? A heart-wrenching story of love, loss and the power of friendship during unimaginable hardship. This book is perfect for fans of Orphan Train and Diney Costeloe’s The Girl with No Name. Readers love The Orphan’s Daughter ‘Rarely do I find a book that can double me over with laughter and break my heart with tears, but this book delivers! It has all the elements I enjoy, wonderfully vivid characters, a great story to tell, love, friendship, heartbreak and throw in a dash of comedy and realism and you have a winner. This book delivers and then some!’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘The gut-wrenching feelings this narrative unearthed brought me to tears numerous times with its emotive words and insightful views on life and love. The writing was simply breathtaking, it was witty and beautiful in the same measure and it has quite frankly stolen my heart.’ Stacy is Reading, 5 stars ‘Writing this through tears, the funniest, most tearful book I've ever read. Fantastic.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wow, this is another great book that really deserves more than 5 stars. It is a heart-warming as well as a heartbreaking story all at the same time. I absolutely loved this book. Warning: keep the tissues handy!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Once I started I was unable to put it down and devoured this truly enthralling tale in a single evening… a heart-warming yet heartbreaking tale of friendships, family, hardships and joy… I completely lost myself for a few hours within this emotional rollercoaster.’ Momo’s Book Diary ‘Oh my word what a story, I loved this book; witty, enchanting, that will definitely pull at your heartstrings as you read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A laugh out loud story that I fell in love with. This was a story drenched in family and friendship and I could not put it down.’ Crossroad Reviews, 5 stars ‘This story is exquisite perfection. Well crafted, beautifully written, emotional, poignant and immersive. I loved every word. I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it.’ Goodreads Reviewer


The Midnight Train Home

Author by : Erika Tamar
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Publisher by : Yearling Books
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Description : Separated from her brothers while on the orphan train, Dierdre is placed in a horrid adoptive home and soon learns that her beloved brother is in Texas, and when she implores the vaudeville troop that arrives in town to take her to her brother, she is surprised to find that her place in life is on the stage. Reprint.


The Orphan Trains

Author by : Marilyn Irvin Holt
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Description : Setting aside our present-day romantic notions about orphan trains, Holt's book sheds valuable new light on the phenomenon by putting it in the context of nineteenth-century ideals about childhood, the roles of social reformers, the changing theories of relief and welfare for the poor, western development, and rail expansion.


Menominee S Orphan Train

Author by : Alice Knuth
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Dreams Of A Longing Heart

Author by : Jane Peart
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Publisher by : Fleming H Revell Company
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Description : 'Dreams of a Longing Heart' is Kit's story--the sustaining power of faith. After her grieving, widowed father leaves Kit, her younger brother and baby sister at Greystone, she tries futilely to keep the family together. Yet the younger children are 'placed out' and Kit is sent West on the Orphan Train.


The Exiles

Author by : Christina Baker Kline
Languange : en
Publisher by : Allison & Busby Ltd
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Description : 'Christina's level of research into characters, place and time to tell a powerful story of suffering and survival in an historical fiction is masterful' Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'Gorgeous' Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale London, 1840. Evangeline lost more than just her position as a governess when she was accused of stealing, realising she was pregnant by her employer’s son. Having languished in Newgate prison for months in her condition, she is now destined for a prison ship heading to Australia. On board, Evangeline befriends Hazel, sentenced to seven years’ transport for theft. Soon Hazel's path will cross with an orphaned indigenous girl. Mathinna is 'adopted' by the new governor of Tasmania where the family treat her more like a curiosity than a child. Amid hardships and cruelties, new life will take root in stolen soil, friendships will define lives, and some will find their place in a new society in the land beyond the seas. 'Master storyteller Christina Baker Kline is at her best in this epic tale of Australia’s complex history—a vivid and rewarding feat of both empathy and imagination. I loved this book' Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife


For A Thousand Generations

Author by : Ellen Hart
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Publisher by : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Description : In 1913 an unwed Irish girl, Bessie Brady, gives birth to a baby boy in the New York Foundling Hospital in New York City. She names him Ignatius, but knows she cannot keep him. Bessie signs him over to the Sisters of Charity at the hospital, who place lost, abandoned and illegitimate children on "orphan trains" to Catholic families mainly throughout the Midwest. Between 1854 and 1929 about 200,000 children were placed on these orphan trains for a better life. Follow Ignatius as he is sent out several times to families locally for adoption but is returned to the Foundling each time. When Ignatius was six years old, a childless couple in North Dakota requests from the Sisters of Charity a handsome, intelligent boy with brown or blue eyes. The couple promises the Sisters this boy will have everything, including a university education. The Sisters are delighted and select Ignatius to ride the orphan train to North Dakota. Will he be returned to the Foundling, or will he stay in North Dakota with his new parents? Will he be loved and raised as one of their own or will he become an indentured servant as many of these orphans do? And how does he wind up back in New York City and New Jersey during the Great Depression? See how his future unfolds with meeting a beautiful girl, who also grew up in foster homes and orphanages. For A Thousand Generations is a story of loss and return, of love and memories, of faith and a legacy for the generations.


Riders On The Orphan Train

Author by : Alison Moore
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Description : Riders on the Orphan Train is an historical novel about a little-known piece of American history. Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and "surrendered" children were "placed out" across the country. They started their journey in New York and were given away in train stations across the country. The novel is the story of the journey of two children from very different backgrounds who find themselves on the same train heading West in 1918. Ezra Duval, age 11, was left in an orphanage. Ezra's father, a widower, left his son behind for an opportunity to be a part of an archaeological expedition in Egypt. Maud Farrell, age 12, arrives in America from the west of Ireland to join her father, a "sand hog" excavating the subway, and discovers she must make her own way as a singing girl on the streets. Both Ezra and Maud are scheduled to be sent out on a train to find new homes in the West by the Children's Aid Society. Their brief friendship makes a life-long impression on them both and though they are initially taken by people in different states, (Arkansas and Texas), their experiences, like separated twins, run uncannily parallel.This is a story of dislocation, loss, and the search for home that is at the heart of the American experience. Beginning on the eve of America's entry into World War I and spanning the period of time until the Great Depression, these children encounter and learn from people also looking for a way to belong in a rapidly-changing world. The novel's locations include New York City, Arkansas, the Big Bend region of Texas, central New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. The novel began with a short story that is at the heart of a multi-media presentation called Riders on the Orphan Train that the author has been performing in libraries and museums since 1998. The program was originally developed for the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America, Inc. in Springdale, Arkansas, and now serves as the official touring outreach program for The National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center in Concordia, Kansas. Author Statement:I left the tenure track of a major creative writing program in 1998 to become an itinerant performer and have never regretted the decision. Reaching the public initially with my short story about the Orphan Trains has been extremely rewarding; finding a way to have my work serve a larger purpose has become a story my own imagination could not have created on its own. The short story continued to grow until it became a novel. I chose fiction as a means for exploring the emotional truths often left out of historical facts. For me, the completion of this novel is the culmination of fourteen years of writing and research while touring and getting to know many Orphan Train Riders by participating in national reunions. Their experiences are woven through the novel. It is my hope that the stories of the children who road the trains will live on through this novel for generations to come.