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Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Stories) Library Binding – August 1, 2016
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About the Author
Rebecca Langston-George is a middle school language arts teacher who also trains teachers in writing instruction. Her articles, poetry and puzzles have appeared in many children’s magazines. When she’s not at the keyboard Rebecca volunteers for the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is also a past president of the Kern Reading Association. The granddaughter of a fabulous flapper, Rebecca lives in Bakersfield, California.
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In 1853, a young minister named Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society to help the orphans of New York City. Helping these children was always a goal of Brace’s.” I want to raise the outcast and homeless, to go down among those who have no friend or helper, and do something for them…”, said Brace in a letter to his father. The goal of the foundation was to provide orphans with a family life, education, and work training. The orphan trains started when Brace thought it would be a good idea to send children out west to become part of farm families.
I recommend this book to boys and girls aged 9 and up, who have an interest in historical events. This is because this book is not terribly difficult to read, but has a lot of emphasis on events of prior. A person who is not interested in customs or traditions of the past might not appreciate this book.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a powerful book that stuck with me for weeks after reading it. The stories of the seven children evoked strong emotion. In some cases, it was happiness; in others, just the opposite. But in all the stories, it was the willpower and strength of the children that moved me. Even when the world had seemed to give up on them, they always hoped for a better tomorrow. One thing that could have been better about this book is the vocabulary used. A more extensive range of words would have made the stories even more memorable.
The Children’s Aid Society and orphan trains changed the lives of thousands of children in the 19th century, for better or worse. One of my favorite parts of the book was the end, where each story was wrapped with a report on how the children ended up in adulthood. While each went on to their own success, they always remembered their humble beginnings, and the train that gave them a chance at a better life. They gave back to the Children’s Aid Society and other foundations to give other children the chance they got. So even though orphan trains are long outdated, it is important we never forget them, and the incredible children who rode them
Anya A, 12, Metropolitan Washington Mensa