We Rode the Orphan Trains

Written by Andrea Warren

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company

ISBN: 0618117121

Genre: Informational

Review

We Rode the Orphan Train is an informational book about the orphan trains and the orphans who rode it. While reading this book you learn more and more about what orphan trains where and how they came to be. The beginning mainly gives you the history about orphan trains and how they came to be, then it goes on to tell you seven different stories about the riders. After the history and the stories it goes on to tell you what the riders of the orphan train are doing now to help people become more aware of this type of thing.


I chose this book because one day I saw it and read the back and it sounded very interesting. I thought this book was well written and cool to learn about this period in history that I had never heard about. In each chapter it tells you about a different rider and it has their story of how they ended up on the train and what their life was like after the orphan train. Reading this was sad at points especially in the stories where the kids had grown up and wanted to find their parents and when they did find their parents the parents didn't want to see them. There were times where they had gone through so much trouble tracking down and finding their parents and they went to see their parents and the parents weren't even happy to see them. It was sad from that perspective because being given up as a child then wanting to find your birth parents and them not being at least one bit happy to see you that would be really hard for any kid especially little kids who were left by their parents and sent out west. I would definitely recommend this book to most people because it was so cool to learn about the orphan trains. The only people I wouldn't recommend this book to are people who don't have any interest in history because they could get bored about the history in the first two chapters of the book.

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