Save the Children

Orphan Trains

From the Set Behind the Curtain

The events surrounding the Orphan Trains did not look the same to everyone involved. Step back in time and into the shoes of an orphan child heading to the Midwest, a Midwestern family awaiting a child, and a New York City child welfare worker as readers act out the scenes that took place in the midst of this historic event. Written with simplified, considerate text to help struggling readers, books in this series are made to build confidence as readers engage and read aloud. This book includes a table of contents, glossary, index, author biography, sidebars, and timelines.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey 362.73
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level W
Language English
Publisher 45th Parallel Press
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781534159433), Paperback (9781534161733), PDF (9781534160583), ePub (9781534166356), Hosted ebook (9781534162884), Kindle (9781534165007)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

School Library Journal - Save the Children: Orphan Trains

Gr 4-8–Readers learn about specific people and events from U.S. history through two styles: a straight narrative and a fictionalized, reader’s theater exchange. A historical summary of events and a list of characters open this series. The characters, who are based on real people, interact using fictionalized dialogue in two sections labeled Acts I and II. Repeated sidebars introduce individual and governmental shortcomings related to the highlighted subject. Critical thinking activities and recommended books, specific to each title, are in the back matter. There is no bibliography. The color and black-and-white photographs are credited but not captioned, which thwarts further learning.

Author: Virginia Loh-Hagan

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan is an author and educator. She is currently the Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Center at San Diego State University and the Co-Executive Director of The Asian American Education Project. She lives in San Diego with her very tall husband and very naughty dogs.

  • Historical Background
  • Cast of Characters
  • Act 1
  • Act 2
  • Event Timeline
  • Consider This!
  • Learn More
  • Index
  • About the Author
Author/Illustrator biography
Glossary of key words
Informative sidebars
Table of contents
Timeline of key events
Full-color photographs, Historical photographs