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The Orphan Train

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Play script by Aurand Harris A highly theatrical story moving amusing and always tellingly human of nine orphans on an Orphan Train that left New York City on May 28 1914 and traveled to midwestern towns in search of homes for the children Open stage period costumes of the day Written for 3 boys and 6 girls one dressed as a boy 7 men and 8 women who may be Millions of children mostly immigrant in the 1920s and 30s were abandoned or orphaned rounded up by Children's Societies in the New York and other major East Coast cities and shipped by trains to the midwest for adoption This fictional story follows the life of one ten year old girl NiamhDorothyVivian whose experience is representative of the Orphan Train children Her story unfolds as she cleans out her attic with a teenage girl whose been mandated to volunteer some community service hoursI really enjoyed this book Sometimes I felt like the author was trying to pack a little too much into the main character's life but she did a tremendous amount of research on the Orphan Trains and I am guessing that all the things that happened to young NaimhDorothy are sadly not so far fetched for one child The author throws some surprises in near the end of the book that I found to be very lovely you might need a kleenex here and there

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Played by as few as 1 man and 1 womanOrphaned unwanted children seeking a hope of home any home anywhere There's Mary Evie spunky Pegeen Annie and Little Lucy a uiet one There's Frank who later becomes Frankie a small girl Raymond Lucky and Danny the song and dance boy And there are the men and women hoping for children The lonesome whistle wails as the t I very much enjoyed this book It was enlightening to me and sparked my interest to study this subject a bit The ending was satisfying and a bit surprising

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Rain chugs between encounters of anxiety laughter wistfulness rejection and acceptance Eight stories unfold each a memorable surprise Premiered at Northwestern University in Evanston and acclaimed throughout Chicago THE ORPHAN TRAIN is a charming heart warmer all we expect from Aurand Harris the great playwright of and for children in the twentieth century Wonderful story about a pretty much unknown event in American history I love historical novels and was very intrigued by this book I like how tactfully the author approaches some delicate aspects of these kids' lives I did feel tough that there was a lot of telling and the transitions in time and from place to place were too abrupt I felt like there were chucks missing in the story and unbelievably I didn't totally connect with the main character Niamh when she was an adult Her telling of the story when she was a child never felt like it was told from a kid's point of view though but at least there was some emotion in her voice I liked the ending but later on thinking about this story wondered how in I don't know how many pages the main character doesn't get along with a single woman All the women in the story are evil or indifferent to Niamh That really did bug me a lot Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and their Journey from East to West playwright of and for children in the twentieth century Wonderful story about a The Lost Heart of Asia pretty much unknown event in American history I love historical novels and was very intrigued by this book I like how tactfully the author approaches some delicate aspects of these kids' lives I did feel tough that there was a lot of telling and the transitions in time and from The Secret Life And Brutal Death Of Mamie Thurman place to The Tavern on Maple Street place were too abrupt I felt like there were chucks missing in the story and unbelievably I didn't totally connect with the main character Niamh when she was an adult Her telling of the story when she was a child never felt like it was told from a kid's The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich point of view though but at least there was some emotion in her voice I liked the ending but later on thinking about this story wondered how in I don't know how many El caso Banchero pages the main character doesn't get along with a single woman All the women in the story are evil or indifferent to Niamh That really did bug me a lot


10 thoughts on “The Orphan Train

  1. says:

    This could have been a great book For the most part I enjoyed the part that takes place in the past but did not like the modern storyline so much The author clearly was pushing a political agenda and the foster mother in the modern storyline was a caricature of what the author thinks a right wing Christian is like The author is clearly anti Christian as all of the characters in the book that are Christians are the bad guys I wouldn't mind so much if the author knew anything about the Christian religion but by some of the references the author is pretty much clueless about it For example In the flashback story the author describes a Catholic character as a Bible Thumper that's not the word she used but it was something like that This character was a Catholic in the 1920's Catholics especially at that point in history were not all that Biblical that is a Protestant thing Another example is a story where the old lady gets a necklace from her grandmother before she left Ireland She says her grandmother got it when she was 13 for her First communion Catholics make their First communion at the age of 7 or 8 The author must have confused the Catholic Church for the Church of Ireland Which is Anglican which does have First communion and Reconciliation and Confirmation at the age of 13 Just lazy researching on the authors part


  2. says:

    Millions of children mostly immigrant in the 1920s and 30s were abandoned or orphaned rounded up by Children's Societies in the New York and other major East Coast cities and shipped by trains to the midwest for adoption This fictional story follows the life of one ten year old girl NiamhDorothyVivian whose experience is representative of the Orphan Train children Her story unfolds as she cleans out her attic with a teenage girl whose been mandated to volunteer some community service hoursI really enjoyed this book Sometimes I felt like the author was trying to pack a little too much into the main character's life but she did a tremendous amount of research on the Orphan Trains and I am guessing that all the things that happened to young NaimhDorothy are sadly not so far fetched for one child The author throws some surprises in near the end of the book that I found to be very lovely you might need a kleenex here and there


  3. says:

    Loved it Especially glad to hear it is based on actual events Young Niamh and her family escaped Ireland to try a new life in America in the early 20th century She eventually loses her family in a fire and is sent west with other orphans to find a new family Yes this really happened in our countryHer adventures make her a smart and tough lady We hear her story from the past while in the present a young lady named Molly has been in a number of different foster families until she comes to Niameh's town and Niameh's is now renamed Vivian by her latest foster parents years ago How their stories entwine makes for a fascinating read It is heartening to watch their unlikely friendship a 90 year old lady and a 17 year young girl grow Vivian Niameh knows what Molly is going through and together they help one another outThe only thing I did not like about the story was Niameh's ancestral baggage mother has many children mother is sickly dad is an Irish drunk Can't we get originality But I would still recommend this book


  4. says:

    This was a part of American history that I had never heard of Trains that ran from the east coast full of orphan children to be given to families across the country beetween 1854 and 1929 Some were given to truly good people wanting a child while other children ended up in families who were looking for free labor The author does a great job telling the story of these orphan trains through the lives of two women Molly and Vivian who intertwine the past and present


  5. says:

    I acted out this play as my first acting role in high school I played the part of FrankFrankie the boy who turns out to be a girl and had no idea how impactful the experience would be for me years later Long story short I'm now a New York City resident providing counseling to youth in foster care My life's aspirations are to make it easier for these deserving children to find and keep the loving homes that want them and to become a foster and adoptive parent myself


  6. says:

    I very much enjoyed this book It was enlightening to me and sparked my interest to study this subject a bit The ending was satisfying and a bit surprising


  7. says:

    an excellent book


  8. says:

    Heartbreaking true story Well written


  9. says:

    Wonderful story about a pretty much unknown event in American history I love historical novels and was very intrigued by this book I like how tactfully the author approaches some delicate aspects of these kids' lives I did feel tough that there was a lot of telling and the transitions in time and from place to place were too abrupt I felt like there were chucks missing in the story and unbelievably I didn't totally connect with the main character Niamh when she was an adult Her telling of the story when she was a child never felt like it was told from a kid's point of view though but at least there was some emotion in her voice I liked the ending but later on thinking about this story wondered how in I don't know how many pages the main character doesn't get along with a single woman All the women in the story are evil or indifferent to Niamh That really did bug me a lot


  10. says:

    Loved this book 1920's 30'sbeautiful descriptive readingI love to read historical fiction This book tells the story of Vivian born Niamh Ireland now in her 90s who came from New York to Minnesota at a time when our country had no system for caring for orphans Left to churches and charities to deal with these children and taken to various cities and given to anyone who wanted a child The result for some was no better than being a slave some found loving homes and a better life This story is of Molly a foster child in present day As the story unfolds and both of these people come to peace with their past they discover they have much in common than you would thinkWonderful read


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