Wanderville

Wanderville

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THE FIRST BOOK IN A HISTORICAL SERIES THAT'S PERFECT FOR FANS OF THE BOXCAR CHILDREN!

Jack, Frances, and Frances's younger brother Harold have been ripped from the world they knew in New York and sent to Kansas on an orphan train at the turn of the century. As the train chugs closer and closer to its destination, the children begin to hear terrible rumors about the lives that await them. And so they decide to change their fate the only way they know how. . . .

They jump off the train.

There, in the middle of the woods, they meet a boy who will transform their lives forever. His name is Alexander, and he tells them they've come to a place nobody knows about--especially not adults--and "where all children in need of freedom are accepted." It's a place called Wanderville, Alexander says, and now Jack, Frances, and Harold are its very first citizens.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Rasorbill / Penguin Group USA,, 2014
ISBN: 9781595147011
1595147012
Branch Call Number: j MCC NVD
Characteristics: 211 pages ; 19 cm

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mmcbeth29
Apr 24, 2015

A boxcar full of orphan children is shipped to Kansas to be "placed" with families. But Jack, Frances, and Harold are worried about the rumors that the children are actually going to a work farm. So they jump the train and hope to find a way to go it alone. They run across a boy named Alexander who has created a fictional town called Wanderville where all children in need can come. He teaches them how to care for themselves including how to steal from town. But when one of the kids is kidnapped and taken to the farm, the others must step forward and figure out how to take him back.

First, I must say this is an extremely well written story. The author uses lyrical description, but writes it in such a way that the reader does not feel bogged down in it. The story moves at a fast pace and the characters are interesting although I felt I would have like to know more about them. However, this story is also very heavy. It begins with a death in a fire then moves on to the horrible picture of living in a children's home. There is violence from the farm owners including hitting children with a whip and beating them until they can no longer move and have bad bruises. For a junior novel this is some pretty harsh stuff. Yes, it is a reality of the times, but not necessarily appropriate for the elementary age group.

I would proceed with caution using this book with elementary students, but I highly recommend it for junior high especially since it is such a fast pace read.

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mmcbeth29
Apr 24, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Apr 24, 2015

Violence: death in a fire, beating of children with a whip and fists

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