Abbott, EF (Susan Hill) Nettie and Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters (Based on a True Stories Series), 161 pages. Macmillion , 2016. $15.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears) Mature Content: G Violence: PG(child abuse)
It’s the early 1900s and Nettie and Nellie Crook are twins who taken from their parents, who are not providing enough food or care for them. The twins are sent to a horrible orphanage, then taken to a train where they are sent west, to hopefully be adopted by a willing family. But things don’t work out that great and the twins worry they may never find a home that treats them right.
This was a great historical fiction with plenty of reality and heart. I think students will enjoy reading about the girls, hoping they get to stay together, and cheering at the very real and great ending. Includes photographs and historical notes.
EL – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.