Beyond The Orphan Train
Beyond the Orphan Train: A True Adventure
Beyond The Orphan Train
Donna Nordmark Aviles
Oliver and Edward Nordmark are young boys in 1906 when they are plucked from their New York orphanage and placed on one of America's Orphan Trains to Kansas. After being sent to different farms, the brothers lose track of one another. In 1913, fifteen-year-old Oliver decides to hop a freight train and strike out on his own in hopes of finding his lost brother. Follow Oliver's true story of adventure and discovery as he learns to live by his wits and survive on his own - a child alone in a man's world. Where will he go? How will he earn a living? What kind of people will he meet along the way? Will he be able to find Edward? All your lingering questions will be answered in this, the companion story to the author's first book, Fly Little Bird, Fly!

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Series

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Oliver Nordmark has run away from his foster family in search of his brother who was given to a different family. On his way, he learns to build sod houses, harvest wheat, build a barn, grow a garden, and work in the navy. He also does exiting things like hopping trains! But when he finally reaches where his brother was, he's not there. Now Oliver has to relocate him! Will he ever find him?

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