We Rode the Orphan Trains

We Rode the Orphan Trains

by Andrea Warren


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They were “throw away” kids, living in the streets or in orphanages and foster homes. Then Charles Loring Brace, a young minister working with the poor in New York City, started the Children’s Aid Society and devised a plan to give homeless children a chance to find families to call their own.

Thus began an extraordinary migration of American children. Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 children, mostly from New York and other cities of the eastern United States, ventured forth to other states on a journey of hope.

Andrea Warren has shared the stories of some of these orphan train riders here, including those of Betty, who found a fairy tale life in a grand hotel; Nettie Evans and her twin, Nellie, who were rescued from their first abusive placement and taken in by a new, kindhearted family who gave them the love they had hoped for; brothers Howard and Fred, who remained close even though they were adopted into different families; and Edith, who longed to know the secrets of her past.

Listen to these and other child orphans as they share their memories of transition and adventure, disappointment and loneliness, but ultimately of the joy of belonging to their own new families.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618432356
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/23/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 403,629
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Andrea Warren is the author of many acclaimed nonfiction books for young readers, including Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story, which won the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Andrea lives in Kansas. Visit her website at www.andreawarren.com.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Homes for Homeless Children3
Chapter 2Agent Clara Comstock's Mission23
Chapter 3Twins Who Just Wanted to Be Loved: Nettie and Nellie Crook, Riders to Kansas, 191132
Chapter 4Blessed by Six Parents: Sister Justina Bieganek, Rider to Minnesota, 191344
Chapter 5A Lonely Little Girl: Ruth Hickok, Rider to Iowa, 191756
Chapter 6The Baby in the Basket: Art Smith, Rider to Iowa, 192267
Chapter 7A Case of Scandalous Neglect: Howard Hurd and Fred Swedenburg, Riders to Nebraska, 192580
Chapter 8A Place Called Home: Bill Oser, Rider to Michigan, 192596
Chapter 9The Cutest Child in Kentucky: Betty Murray, Rider to Kentucky, 1930109
Chapter 10Into the Future122
Recommended Reading125
Sources Used in This Book127

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We Rode the Orphan Trains 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bode34 More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. My family is always looking for information on the subject after learning that my grandfather and his brother were on the trains and lived at the New York home. Nice pictures giving us a better idea of where he lived and the conditions there.