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Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life
Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life
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Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life

More than 120,000 orphans were placed with Midwestern families during the 19th Century thanks to the Orphan Train Movement and the Children's Aid Society. With extensive research, real photos, and carefully crafted narrative nonfiction, Orphan Trains tells the stories of seven of those children.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
GenreWar Stories
SubjectFamily, History
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count128



VOYA - Lisa A. Hazlett

"Although many orphan train titles are available, this is particularly balanced by honestly portraying and discussing the system, children, recipients, and outcomes in context.  Chapters alternate between relaying the stories of children placed with Western families and information regarding the orphan train system. . . .Although meant for middle level readers, this novel’s content will interest all ages." - VOYA

December 1, 2016

Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Teachers and parents, if you’re looking for a narrative nonfiction chapter book, this a good choice. Not only is it well-written and moving, it’s about a little-known piece of American history when orphan children were relocated to the midwest. These seven stories are sometimes heartbreaking with both happiness and sadness. I think most kids will find the children’s emotions relatable." - Imagination Soup

December 15, 2016



NCSS-CBS Notable Social Studies

2017 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

January 1, 2017

VOYA magazine

2017 Nonfiction Honor List

May 1, 2017

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George

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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