Between the years of 1854 and 1929, an estimated 20,000 orphans were living on the streets of New York. Many of these children were of Irish, Polish, or Italian descent. During this time, trains were filled with orphans and the children were transported to the Midwest in hopes of finding a new family. It was not uncommon for these orphans to endure unthinkable hardships or spend the remainder of their childhood as an indentured servant.
Orphan Train is a beautifully orchestrated historical fiction accounting the childhood of an orphan and her experiences as she bounced between different households in 1929 Minnesota.
Readers will be enriched after experiencing this work of art. It will not disappoint.