Weber, John R. Orphan! 302 p. $16.95. Sexual Content: PG (inferences only). On his 13th birthday, Homer learns that he was adopted from an orphan train when he was just a toddler. Now, full of angst, Homer drags his best friend, Jamie, onto the train and off the New York City to find his real family. Friendship awaits as the boys encounter a kind hobo willing to teach them the ropes of the rails, but danger also lurks along the way. Life in the 1930’s is gritty and immediate and Weber paints a vivid picture of the time. I think this rivals DeFelice’s Nowhere to Call Home. You should get this into your teacher’s hands so that they can consider updating their teaching repertoire. There is a pretty tense scene early on when the boys are captured by a rail detective who has ulterior motives, but nothing happens, the danger is thwarted before the boys are truly imperiled. EL (4-6), MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher.