Ann packerbetween 1854 and 1929, socalled orphan trains ran regularly from the. Orphan train 1979 tv movie complete, unedited movie. Last summer we received an email from a woman requesting information on an orphan train rider. Orphan train utah phillips once i had a darling mother, though i cant recall her name i had a baby brother who ill never see again for the childrens home is sending us out on the orphan train to try to find someone to take us in cho. The orphan train is a gripping story which cleverly weaves a relatively unknown part of american history and the contemporary. There are no studies to show what happened to them. Orphan train adventures series by joan lowery nixon. Molly uses food as a part of her identity by choosing to be a. The orphan trains dvd,in 1853, 10,000 homeless children roamed new york city streets. Christina has longed to write a scene in which she clarifies vivians motivations. Niamh pronounced neev was an irish immigrant girl sent on an orphan train from new york city to minnesota in the late 1920s. He said i had to read this book before i could have the other one back because this book was a book club assigned reading and the discussion date was quickly approaching. The 2yearold girl was met by a couple who signed a receipt, promising to raise. After tragedy, young girl shipped west on orphan train christina baker klines new novel incorporates a true piece of american history.
Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. Christina baker klines orphan train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that. By jean sexton in brooklyn, new york in 1912, an irish carpenter, who was the father of five children, died as the result of an industrial accident. There is the theme of foster care, adoption, family history, unexpected relationships, inhumane acts of violence and of course the train that took children from large cities to be adopted by families in the midwest to be more like indentured servants then a part of a new family. Between 1854 and 1929, socalled orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the east coast to the farmlands of the midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. The orphan train was a phenomenal story that affected me deeply. My heart went out to all the children on the orphan train. Orphan train wrecked my heart and made me glad to be literate.
I will most definitely be recommending this wonderful masterpiece to all wholl listen. A finalist for a goodreads choice award, orphan train was included on dozens of goodreads top ten lists, including new york times fiction bestsellers. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and. Charlottes older sister had been married to this rider. I love when i find a winner with my book club and this is definitely a winner. There is the theme of foster care, adoption, family history, unexpected.
In this dramatization of a little publicized episode in american history, dedicated social worker eichhorn organizes a train trip for a group of slum orphans in 1894, taking them from new york city to the midwest in search of new families and new lives. Teach your students to analyze literature like litcharts does. He is kind and sympathetic to dorothy at first, but when the grotes mistreat her and throw her back out onto. Young minister charles loring brace founded the childrens aid society, sending orphans west to begin new lives with farm families. When molly comes to vivians house to organize vivians attic as part of community service to avoid juvenile. It was june 29, 1917, when orphan a209 arrived at the milwaukee road depot train station in downtown minneapolis. Orphan train by christian baker kline is the story of a surprising friendship between two women troubled seventeen yearold foster kid molly ayer and ninetyone yearold vivian daly. Thoughtful, poignant, sobering summary from publisher.
What made this one special was that information was being requested for a 100yearold woman named charlotte. Researching orphan children and adoption in your genealogy. To learn more about the children of the orphan train contact orphan train heritage society of america p. The orphan train by christina baker kline moves back and forth between two stories that of a young orphan girl in the early twentieth century and that of a teenager in the modernday foster care system. Sorenson is the local social worker for the childrens aid society in the albanshemingford region of minnesota in the late 1920s. Orphan train recipes for book clubs tosas allcity read. Until 1929, braces society and other charities sent more than 150,000 neglected children by train to 47 states. The orphan train experience national orphan train complex. This is a daily occurrence here at the national orphan train complex. Penobscot indian molly ayer is close to aging out out of the foster care system. Orphan train historical background from the authors website. Take us in, we have rode the orphan train take us in, we need a home, we need a name. Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course.
Orphan train 1979 in 1854, the childrens aid society initiates a program to relocate thousands of new yorks orphaned children to the homes of adoptive parents throughout the midwest. One of the books protagonists, an irish orphan, is packed. A lot of the women in this group liked the book along with our strong male contingency of one but not as much as i did. After the byrnes kick vivianniamh called dorothy at the time out of their home, mr. Any, or all, of these recipes would be suitable for the book club that focuses on dessert. Orphan train was a mix of favorite childhood books of mine such as anne of green gables, heidi, and understood betsy, and ms. Some of the food ideas are from the book like the terrys famous chowder but most of this book took place during the great depression so food was scarce and there was no way i was. View all hotels near national orphan train complex on tripadvisor. Its dorothys birthday, shes living with the miserable, dysfunctional grote. A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of americas history.
Orphan train book club ideas part 1 have you read this incredible story about our history in america. The most famous or infamous approach to this early version of foster care was the orphan train movement. Orphan train meets the standard for range of reading and level of text complexity for grades. At the peak of the orphan train movement, 3,0004,000 children a year were traveling west. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on litcharts.
Lesson plans and resources for orphan train free library of. Monica wood, new england bestselling author of when we were the kennedys in this poignant novel christina baker kline weaves a tapestry of the intertwining lives of two women and affirms our hope that the present can redeem the past and that love has a genuine power to heal. After tragedy, young girl shipped west on orphan train. Lax immigration laws allowed people to pour into new york, where there was a lack of. Christina baker klines novel orphan train has ridden the new york times bestseller list for the past 15 weeks, becoming a favorite of book clubs across the country. One of those orphan train riders, now a nun at st francis convent in little falls, sister justina bieganek, o. Orphan train by christina baker kline is a book that has many themes. Looking for a reading group guide, historical information, or interviews with christina baker kline about orphan train. Read online orphan train by christina baker kline for. She was deposited with the byrnes, who wanted only child labor in a dressmaking enterprise.
Vivians journey west was aboard an orphan train, a bit of misguided 1900sera social engineering moving homeless, destitute city children, mostly immigrants, into midwest families. They used to replay it every few years throughout the 1980s. Reading group guide questions provided by the publisher. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Instant downloads of all 1291 litchart pdfs including orphan train. Six months later, a sixth child was born to the thirtyfive year old widow who was working hard to keep. A history of the orphan trains timeline of the orphan train movement. I had no idea that this happened with orphans in america.
See more ideas about orphan train, orphan and train. Orphan train by christina baker kline find this book on amazon. More than 200,000 homeless children were sent west on the trains. The childrens aid society in new york struggled to care for them. Orphan train is a young adult historical fiction novel about the relationship between seventeen yearold molly ayer and ninetyone yearold vivian daly who, as the result of spending time together and sharing their experiences, form a bond, learn from each other, and change in significant ways. Since the publication of her smash international bestseller orphan train, christina baker kline has met with countless readers and book clubs and is often asked the same question about a key decision one of her protagonists makes in orphan train. Conflict in europe in the mid1800s caused many families to come to the united states. The national orphan train complex in concordia, ks is a museum and research center dedicated to the orphan train movement, the various institutions that participated, and the children and agents who rode the trains. Questions every book club asks, the story behind the writing of orphan train, and more. This was one of my favorite movies when i was a kid. Orphan train rider stories i rode the train to missouri and lived a happily ever after life. In the 1850s, an estimated 30,000 children in new york city were homeless. Moving between contemporary maine and depressionera minnesota, orphan train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship. Borrowing the voices from different generations, the author has created a an endearing tale of resilience, hope, second chances and intergenerational bond forged over shared experiences.1135 840 411 127 880 827 1200 673 198 218 1320 822 1479 480 1059 415 71 1092 996 967 641 531 470 966 1396 1272 1122 508 1106 901 1408 580 56 1230 1114 632 457 737 734 61 1089 30