Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review of Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life by Rebecca Langston-George

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley
Synopsis: "Tells the story of seven orphans who were settled with families in the Midwest by the Children's Aid Society."

My Review: I was really intrigued by this book when I came across it. I had never heard of the Orphan Trains even though my entire family is from the Midwest. I found this book to be informative but not all encompassing, it was written in a manner that presents individual stories of orphans on the trains, which leaves you wanting to learn more and continue learning and researching the subject. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is that it is written in  a way so that nearly all reader levels can enjoy it, I think it would be a fantastic book for middle grade readers to have in school. It also leaves me wondering why I didn't learn anything about this subject in school, granted it is a tiny part of history but I think it is an important one that will young minds will connect with.
My Rating: While I did enjoy this book, I did find it to be a little disjointed. It jumped from individual story to individual story leaving them off hanging only to finish them with a quick epilogue for each person at the end which made you have to flip back to the story to refresh your memory as to who was who.  I do still give it a rating of Three Paws.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  1. Wait? What? I didn't know about this either. Sounds like they should have put each epilogue at the end of each chapter.

    1. Glad to know I am not the only one in the dark! I think that may have been best or at least one for those who were on the same train together.