In 1860, life in New York City's slums is hard and dangerous. For a widow with six children, it is impossible. So when Mrs. Kelly learns of the Children's Aid Society, she sees a way to provide for her children. They will be sent west on an "orphan train" to families eager for help on their farms. Thirteen-year-old Mary Frances is confused and angry. How could a mother send her children away? At her new home in Missouri, however, Mary Frances is surprised to discover that the kind family provides a refuge on the Underground Railroad. Their sacrifices will finally help her understand her mother's difficult decision. Joan Lowery Nixon is a four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Juvenile Mystery Award. She has also received two Golden Spur Awards. 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. Through Barbara Caruso's lively narration, A Family Apart quickly draws listeners into Mary Frances' world.
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by Joan Lowery Nixon
by William Steig
by Jane Yolen
by Joan M. Wolf
by Joan W. Blos
by Dan Moore
by Kate Lum
"Nineteenth-century "orphan trains" often separated poverty-stricken East Coast parents from their beloved children, in hopes of giving them a better life in the Great American West. A FAMILY APART carries the listener back to the mean streets of New York, circa 1860. Narrator Barbara Caurso brings 13-year-old Mary Frances Kelly to life is this heartwarming--and sometimes heartbreaking--story. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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