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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

Discover the true story of seven orphans who were settled with families in the Midwest by the Children's Aid Society.

GenreWar Stories
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile Level850L
ATOS Level5.4
AR Points2
AR Quiz #185003
Text TypeInformational Text
PublisherCapstone Press
Page Dimensions6" x 9"
Page Count128
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $33.32 School/Library Price

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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

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George is the author of 12 books including The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame, and the Death of President Lincoln. She received the Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award from the California Reading Association in 2016 for writing that promotes social justice.  Rebecca lives in Bakersfield, California.

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