In the mid-19th century, more than 300,000 orphans were homeless, living on the streets of New York City. They survived by selling newspapers, begging and being brave. A minister named Charles Loring Brace came up with the idea of placing these orphans in homes in rural America. The Children's Aid Society was born. This book tells the compelling stories of seven orphans who rode the rails to new lives and new families in the Midwest.
"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 Lisa A. Hazlett, December 1, 2016
2016 American Booksellers Association ABC Best Books for Young Readers
Childrens' Book Council and National Council on Social Studies Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2017.