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Beyond The Orphan Train
Beyond The Orphan Train
Author: Donna, Nordmark Aviles
ISBN-13: 9781932852943
ISBN-10: 1932852948
Pages: 132
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
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Publisher: Wasteland Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Reviewed by Allison Fraclose for

The Orphan Trains that brought thousands of young children from the east side of the United States to live with farming families in the growing west split many families in the 1800-1900s. One such set of siblings, Oliver and Edward Nordmark, rode the train to Kansas in 1906. Separated from his younger brother for several years, the now 15-year-old Oliver has left his adoptive family to make his way in the world and locate the lost Edward.

Riding the rails, he finds himself near the Colorado-Kansas border, and lands steady ranch work with three different brothers. Oliver learns how to harvest and even build houses made from sod before securing enough money to begin his search. Will he and Edward ever be together again, as he promised?

This inspiring story is made all the more incredible by the fact that it is based on the real life events of the author's grandfather. Photos of Oliver and the places he lived bring the tale to life in ways that will surely pique the interest of any who never thought history could be interesting.

Although the introduction claims that it is not necessary to have read the first volume (FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY!) to enjoy this story, I wish that I had read it, since this book picks up where the last one left off. I hope to review FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! sometime in the near future.