Young readers will join Libby and Josie as they journey on one of the infamous orphan trains
in 1896 from New York City to the Midwest in search of a forever family and a piece of the American dream in "The Cheese Song: All Aboard the Orphan Train
Leaving New York City on May 28, 1914, 'the Orphan Train
' carried nine children to towns searching for homes for the orphaned and unwanted children.
Between 1854 and 1929, some 200,000 homeless and orphaned children were relocated from eastern cities to the Midwest via the Orphan Train
movement, an action designed to give the children better lives, and detailed in the New York Times bestselling novel "Orphan Train
" by Christina Baker Kline.
Seven years earlier, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train
. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one.
These are some of the earliest recorded events about these journeys, capturing life on the trail, natural disasters which affected those on the road, encounters with different peoples, and journeys that included not just wagon train pioneers but orphan train
children and those facing issues of slavery and freedom.
Filling a gap in the history of young people, Kline researched the orphan trains
that "transported a reported two hundred thousand children from the East Coast to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929." Based on her research, she depicts the fictional journey of Niamh, who, sent to the Children's Aid Society when her family is burned in a New York tenement fire, is put on an orphan train
bound for the Midwest.
Many nonfiction stories have centered around the evolution of the orphan train
, but this literary fictional treatment of the orphan train
experience is different, returning a New York Times best-selling story to new eyes and adding and extended scene to expand and enhance the story of a young Irish immigrant sent by rail from New York City to lead a new life in a new world, returning to her origins later in life to build a home on the shattered pieces of her life.
They offer Tabitha a choice: stay in Five Points or board the orphan train
and go West in search of a new life.
The story is chronicled and almost romanticized today by Riders on the Orphan Train
, the outreach program of the National Orphan Train
The YoungElites by Marie Lu - dazzling world-building that really shows off the author's Next on the reading pile are Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline and All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Off-Track Bookies of Lancaster has slated Christine Baker Klein's "Orphan Train
'' for its March 12 meeting.