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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Becky Ann Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780807215784
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In 1881, 12-year-old Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski wishes she didn’t have to board the orphan train in Chicago. But she has no home, no family, and no choice. Rodzina doesn’t believe the orphans are on their way out West to be adopted by good families. She’s sure they will become slaves to strangers. Anyway, who would ever adopt a large, tough, stubborn girl of Polish origin? As the train heads west, all Rodzina has is a small suitcase and her family memories from the past. Will Rodzina ever step off the train to find the family that deep in her heart she’s searching for? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • It is 1881, and twelve-year-old Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski finds herself on an orphan train bound from Chicago to the west where, she is sure, she will be sold into slavery. . . . Rodzina’s musings and observations provide poignancy, humor, and a keen sense of the human and topographical landscape. School Library Journal, Starred
  • A natural for American history or social studies classes, this is especially interesting as a women’s history title, with Rodzina portrayed as an unromantic protagonist, big, angry, tough. . . . Cushman talks about the history in a lengthy final note, and she includes a bibliography of other orphan books. Booklist, Starred
  • Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 2/9/2014

    " Orphan train stories are always interesting to me and my son. This one was particularly descriptive of some of the challenges the older children faced being placed with families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/8/2014

    " Orphan girl endures long train trek to new home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/4/2014

    " Slow at first, but the story and the strong characterization are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rehneniah | 2/4/2014

    " Really interesting. Kind of sad though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 2/2/2014

    " Story of a Polish girl from Chicago forced to board an Orphan Train going West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 1/30/2014

    " This a very very good good book!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/24/2014

    " I read this book in about 2 days. It's fast reading and a good youth option. I liked the detail it provided about orphan trains and the way an orphan may have felt riding one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2014

    " Our family went through an Orphan Train phase. This book is a great addition to our collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Connerty | 1/14/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book because i could sort of relate to it in a way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raevyn | 1/14/2014

    " This is the best historical fiction ever. A sequel would be amazing! The Polish words confused me, even with the guide at the end. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 1/4/2014

    " Story of unknown strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Castor | 12/20/2013

    " I enjoyed lots about this book but was still disappointed in it. Didn't hold a candle to Catherine Called Birdie or The Midwifes Apprentice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Korrin | 12/20/2013

    " Wonderful story about an orphan who is searching for the perfect family to live with, but it's harder than it seems. Find out if she makes it through this rough journey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 12/8/2013

    " I learned that I am very grateful that I have a wonderful family who loves me and supports me in what I do. I so glad that I have a house and food to eat. I wouldn't want to be an orphan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 11/22/2013

    " Read by Becky Ann Baker with an introduction and afterword read by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 11/2/2013

    " Interesting, but not as engrossing as some of Ms. Cushman's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/19/2013

    " Not bad...but not as good as Karen Cushman's other books for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 9/6/2013

    " We just finished this book for our read-a-loud. It was good...maybe a 3 and a half star book. But not great enough for a four star book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Richards | 4/25/2013

    " I love Karen Cushman's books. Rodzina is a complex charachter, rough and strong, and at the same time, sensitive and vulnerable. This book would be a great introduction to a study of the orphan trains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ti amo | 3/9/2013

    " This was a pretty good book. I don't know, it didn't really capture my attention enough to make me finish it. :/ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/4/2012

    " Newberry winner about a young girl on an orphan train in 1880's. Solid historical novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judie | 2/4/2012

    " This is about Rodzina, who finds herself an orphan and an unwilling participant in an orphan train. It is an interesting portrayal of a real event. It also has interesting glimpses into her Polish heritage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 9/29/2011

    " I really liked the main character in this book, she reminds me of me. But other than that I enjoyed learning about the orphan trains of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Thacker | 6/14/2011

    " This is a sweet story for younger readers. The characters are charming and endearing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/2/2011

    " I read this book to my kids. I rated it four based on reading it with my kids. Just for myself I may not have rated it so high. Being a fictional historic story it was informative and yet interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 3/12/2011

    " One of the most touching books that I have read on the orphan trains. Karen Cushman really handles some of the real horrifying problems that orphans faced during the late 1800s in a way that children can understand without making it too traumatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 12/30/2010

    " Very good book for a child's historical fiction novel. I could have used more action, but that's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judie | 12/2/2010

    " This is about Rodzina, who finds herself an orphan and an unwilling participant in an orphan train. It is an interesting portrayal of a real event. It also has interesting glimpses into her Polish heritage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tressa | 11/18/2010

    " Good read for middle graders. I thought the story was really great and it gives readers something to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 8/6/2010

    " One of the best Juv female protagonists ever. A kid who acts more like a tired old middle aged wife. Love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/5/2010

    " Slow at first, but the story and the strong characterization are great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 6/15/2010

    " I love Karen Cushman's books. Rodzina is a complex charachter, rough and strong, and at the same time, sensitive and vulnerable. This book would be a great introduction to a study of the orphan trains. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 5/5/2010

    " We just finished this book for our read-a-loud. It was good...maybe a 3 and a half star book. But not great enough for a four star book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 4/27/2010

    " An orphan train story. Not Cushman’s best work but a believable though drawn out tale. "

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About the Author
Author Karen CushmanKaren Cushman is the author of the Newbery Medal book The Midwife’s Apprentice, the Newbery Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy, and Matilda Bone, all set in medieval England and available on audio from Listening Library. Francine Green is the third Cushman protagonist whose story is set in the USA, joining Rodzina and Lucy Whipple.
About the Narrator

Becky Ann Baker, narrator and actress, has received critics’ praise for her readings of books by such authors as Stephen King, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, and Karin Slaughter. She has performed in numerous roles on Broadway, starring in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. Her many television credits include Girls, Smash, and Nurse Jackie, and her film credits include Spider-Man 3, The Discoverers, and Hope Springs.