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The Red Headed Girl
Ruth St John Thomas
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The Red Headed Girl

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History and personal memoir come together in this charming and poignant novel about the life of a boy and his sister sent to Illinois on one the famous Orphan Trains of the 1920s.

The Red Headed Girl is a sequel to The Rawleigh Man Told Me, which depicted Seamus’ early life on an Illinois farm in the warmth of his adoptive family.

Now, older (all of 14) and bolder, Seamus
Published September 2012 by Coles-Cumberland Press (first published February 15th 2012)
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Sharon Wertz
Feb 12, 2014 Sharon Wertz rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to The Rawleigh Man Told Me.

After the flu epidemic left New York City's orphanages overflowing, the city sent the children out on "orphan trains" that took them to the Midwest to be fostered by farm families. In the first book, we met Seamus, who was raised and eventually adopted by a farm family in Illinois. He is told by the Rawleigh Man (a traveling salesman of the era) that there is a young girl about his age that looks just like him. His parents do some research and find
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