Orphan Train Rider

Orphan Train Rider

Streaming Audiobook - 2013
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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas.
Publisher: [United States] : AudioGO : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780792796411
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (1hr., 27 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hicks, Laura
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Feb 07, 2017

This is a good little book; brief but informative with a happier ending than beginning. I wasn't aware of this exodus of orphans. The ending quotes an 87% success rate for these children which is better than dying of illness of living on the streets alone where they risked exploitation. I can also suggest a novel entitled Orphan Train which is a more in-depth story and another called The King of Mulberry Street that was fascinating, both along the same lines.
I appreciated the life's work of the boy who grew up, was educated and talked to other children about deciding how to see yourself and you circumstances with optimism and strength.


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