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Lucy's Wish (Orphan Train Children #1)

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Ten-year-old Lucy Griggs's mother has just died, leaving Lucy orphaned and living on the streets of 1866 New York City. Then Lucy hears about the Children's Aid Society, a group that sends orphans out West to new homes. Lucy knows she'll never replace her mum, but maybe now she'll find a family--and even a little sister--to love.

But the family that takes her in is far from
ebook, 128 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1998)
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Apr 06, 2013 Lawana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book about a time period that we don't hear too much about. Since I do a lot of reading with Third Graders, I wanted to preread some of the books in the Orphan Train Children series and I am enjoying them.
Niki Searson
We really enjoyed reading this simple story based on a piece of history we were not familiar with. Reading this snippet shot of the particular era has sparked us to read up more of our history. Our children should all be reading these types of stories that prompt you to be more grateful for our current lives and thankful for our history.
May 24, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the Orphan Train Children series. There were several books in this series and though works of fiction were truly telling profiles of what happened to approximately 200,000 children that rode on these trains. Between 1853 and 1929 children from the East Coast were put trains to be "placed out" with families across the middle west and west. Most of them were orphans and living on the streets or living in tenements in horrible unsanitary conditions.

About half of the children were
Nov 30, 2015 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-girl, j-historical
After Lucy loses her mother, she turns to the Children's Aid Society in NYC who then send her on one of the many orphan trains. On an easier level with a happy outcome but still fairly realistic about the plight of city orphans.
Andrea P.
Dec 07, 2010 Andrea P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This awesome chapter book,the genre is historical fiction.It's about this girl that is name Lucy that not had a mom bacause she died and dad too.So one friend said about a Orphan Train Children that is about a train the takes children to new families so Lucy gets someone that her mom is bad but his dad is good.Her dream was that she had a sister that would love her it did come true.I have schema whet this when my mom nided to take me whet other people because she was going somewhere.I have a qu ...more
Sandra Lewis
Dec 04, 2014 Sandra Lewis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
a great kids book. i like to read the kuds books at times. very entertaining.
Apr 06, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I plan to read the series too!!!
Remembered reading this series as a kid and wanted to reread.
Jul 26, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short , sweet and simple, grades 3-6?
lucy's cute
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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