The children, especially thirteen-year-old Frances Mary, feel an overwhelming sense of betrayal and abandonment. They are more used to science fiction with loads of action. I appreciated this book more because it was based on the true experiences of children being sent west to join new families on the orphan train. After giving a vivid sense of financially struggling to survive in New York City, the story transitions into Frances' travel on the orphan train with her siblings to be adopted by families in and around Missouri. The effectiveness is clear as myself, the reader, feels as If I am in this horrifying situation. This was reinforced by have Frances and the other various children using first person pronouns in the conversations.
In A Family Apart, I see the theme as making the most out of situations. In the beginning of the book the children are placed on the Orphan train, and none of the children understand why except Frances, who was the older daughter. In search of a novel, I came upon A Family Apart. Imagine your mother is the one who lets it happen. The Underground Railroad part is strange as well. Kelly makes the ultimate sacrifice of love and sends them west on the orphan train to fred better lives with new families. It was a quick, easily digestible read.
In 1860, life in New York City's slums is hard and dangerous. They felt the beginning was too slow and lost interest at first, but the last few chapters won them over a little bit. The family the 6 siblings were placed with treated them very poorly. In her story, Frances pretends to be a boy to be able to stay with her young A Family Apart is the first book in the Orphan Train Adventures series. After watching a documentary on the orphan trains, and doing my own research, I found that these people, abandoned and forgotten as kids, were also a forgotten piece of history.
Nixon does a great job of bringing it to life with characters that children will love for years to come. The Orphan Train saga begins in 1856 in New York City where Mrs. And what about her mom—was splitting up their family really her greatest act of love? I'm feeling a bit nostalgic lately so I've been rereading books from my childhood. On the orphan train, siblings were split apart left and right. But we'll see one another again, and if that I'm sure.
A lot of issues and situations were brought up that would probably provide good discussion topics, but I never really felt like the author brought them to life. I would give it a 5 out of 5. The author of more than a hundred books for children, she was inspired to write The Orphan Train Adventures by the true stories of its children. Kelly learns of the Children's Aid Society, she sees a way to provide for her children. The story was engaging and quick, easily digestible read.
This is a nonfiction book about a family who gets lives on the Orphan Train for most of their childhood life in 1856. But then I started reading it and I sort of liked it. I must have read the first four books in this series half a dozen times growing up. She loves her Mother, but can't feeling betrayed and abandoned when her mother sends them away in hopes they have a better life. It depended on if the person who was adopting your sibling wanted to take your sibling too, or not. It is a quick read that will have you reaching for the next book in the series not long after you turn the last page.
Anyway, this books sets the stage for the rest of the series as the children are sent out west on the Orphan Train. But it does pick up and get better. In the beginning of the book the children are placed on the Orphan train, and none of the children understand why except Frances, who was the older daughter. I wanted something that was intriguing from start to finish with a lot of imagery. The beginning of the book was kind of slow and at first I found I had a hard time getting into the story. One day Frances's mother decides that she needs to send the 6 children to new families in the west to give them a better life. Will Frances be able to save her siblings? Joseph, Missouri, separates the children not only from their mother, but from each other as well.
I appreciated this book more because it was based on the true experiences of children being sent west to join new families on the orphan train. The Children's Aid Society would also give them joy by checking on the adopted children two times a year. The rest of the siblings were not involved. I really teared up at that part. Frances even goes so far to protect her brothers and sisters, even if it means dressing up like a boy and putting herself in danger.