Wanderville

Wanderville

eBook - 2014
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To escape rumored terrors in Kansas, New Yorkers Jack and Frances, eleven, and Frances's brother Harold, seven, jump off an orphan train in 1899 and help new friend Alexander to build Wanderville, a safe place for homeless children.
Publisher: New York, New York : Razorbill, 2014.
ISBN: 9781101619179
1101619171
1595147004
9781595147004
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Study Program: Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 5.0 165426.

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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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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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