Reviews - What do customers think about Fly Little Bird, Fly!?
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan 28, 2008
When Oliver Nordmark decided to play hooky from school one day in 1905, he never imagined that his mistake would lead to a life-changing event.
After one week in the Guarish Society Detention Center, he is told that his mother has died and his father is nowhere to be found. He and his little brother, Edward, are taken to the New York State Orphanage, and a few months later, both board one of the Orphan Trains heading west to be "resettled" with new families.
Finding himself now in charge of his younger brother, eight-year-old Oliver struggles to keep the two of them together. As the brothers try to make their way against dismal odds, they learn that they must rely on nobody but themselves.
Based on the true story of the author's grandfather and his travels on the Orphan Train in 1906, this story brings to life the grim reality that many children faced at the dawn of today's foster care system.
Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
Life's Lessons Learned the Hard Way Jul 20, 2007
Oliver Nordmark is only seven when a single day's truancy lands him in a New York City youth detention center in 1905. Shortly thereafter, he is coldly informed that his mother has died and he and his three-year old brother are orphans. Life in the city orphanage is harsh, and when overcrowding causes city officials to ship the orphans out west by trains, it seems an opportunity for a better life. Oliver takes his young brother Edward under his wing, and they hope to be taken in by a loving family. But do the people who meet the train in Kansas want sons - or cheap labor? Fly Little Bird, Fly is a true story of life at the turn of the century, where little boys can't count on love or fairness and two brothers learn " the only one looking out for us -- is us."
Dianne K. Salerni Author of High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance
A Wonderful True Story from the Orphan Trains Apr 23, 2005
The granddaughter of Oliver Nordmark tells the true story of Oliver's trip on an orphan train from New York to Kansas in 1906. He was accompanied by his brother, Edward. Author Donna Nordmark does an excellent job of describing the emotions the brothers felt on their westward journey, and details the trials and triumphs of their young lives in the homes of their foster families. The book ends with a cliffhanger - leaving one wondering if the two brothers will ever be reunited, after being placed in different communities from the orphan train. The sequel to this book is now available, and will undoubtedly hold the answer. This book is written for children ages 7-12, but can really be enjoyed by young and old alike. Reviewed by Clark Kidder (Author of Orphan Trains and Their Precious Cargo - The Life's Work of Rev. H. D. Clarke (Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, MD)
orphan train history Apr 10, 2004
this is a great book you can't put down until your finished reading it. i can't wait to read the sequel.
A Great Adventure Apr 2, 2004
I highly recommend this exciting, well-writen book. My son and I read this true story together. The history of the Orphan Train is much different when told from the perspective of someone who actually rode the train and not by someone writing a text book. This touching story reveals the sometimes untold reality of how many orphans were treated by their foster families. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in American History. We can't wait for the next book to find out what happens next!