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Publisher's Summary

The massive orphan train exodus whisked three-year-old Teresa from the safety of her New York orphanage, where the worst thing the Foundling nuns did was wash her curly black hair, to a desolate house and cold-hearted "parents" in Kansas. There, she entered a small and strange Volga German world whose inhabitants spoke a language she had never heard. In this odd world, she encountered whippings and sexual abuse.
Perhaps half a million children, like Teresa, were plucked from orphanages and shipped by rail (or "relocated") to nearly every state in the Union from 1854 to 1929. Mail-Order Kid looks at the orphan train movement through the eyes of one small child who yearns to know her "real" mother, survives a tortured childhood, and ultimately, as an adult, comes to terms with her past, her faith, and herself.
©2010 Marilyn June Coffey (P)2018 Marilyn June Coffey
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3 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-14-18

Orphan train deserves a better story

Would you try another book from Marilyn June Coffey and/or Marie Hoffman?

No I found the story and narrator boring.

Would you recommend Mail-Order Kid: An Orphan Train Rider's Story to your friends? Why or why not?

No Because better books for this important story are available.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Marie Hoffman?

Yes But I did not enjoy her performance.

Was Mail-Order Kid: An Orphan Train Rider's Story worth the listening time?

No but it could help my insomnia.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 04-16-18

Mail order kid

This was a fascinating look into the life of one child that was placed into a home by the Orphan Train.She has many issues finding her place.It is sad yet happy in spots.“I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this review." Marie Hoffman was a fine narrator.

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