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Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski is the new face in Karen Cushman's gallery of unforgettable heroines. One of a group of orphans, 12-year-old Rodzina boards a train on a cold day in March 1881. She's reluctant to leave Chicago, the only home she can remember, and she knows there's no substitute for the family she has lost. She expects to be adopted and turned into a slave---or worse, not to be adopted at all.

As the train rattles westward, Rodzina unwittingly begins to develop attachments to her fellow travelers, even the frosty orphan guardian, and to accept the idea that there might be good homes for orphans---maybe even for a big, combative Polish girl. But no placement seems right for the formidable Rodzina, and she cleverly finds a way out of one bad situation after another, until at last she finds the family that is right for her.

Once again, Karen Cushman brings us a compelling story that is thoroughly researched, full of memorable characters, and told with wry humor and keen observation by an absolutely captivating narrator. Afterword.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   Lectorum Publications
ISBN  8493388300  
ISBN13  9788493388300  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karen Cushman's first book, Catherine, Called Birdy, was a Newbery Honor Winner and her second, The Midwife's Apprentice, was awarded the Newbery Medal.

Karen Cushman currently resides in Oakland, in the state of California.

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1Books > Special Features > Spanish > Infantil y juvenil > 9 a 12 años
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3Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Fiction > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Emotions & Feelings > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( C ) > Cushman, Karen
6Books > Subjects > Teens > History & Historical Fiction > Historical Fiction
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Rodzina the Orphan  Apr 12, 2007
This historical nonfiction book is about a real orphan girl named Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski. She and her family were Polish immigrants. Rodzina had a mom, dad, and twin 5-year-old brothers. When she was about ten her dad died, then her mom died shortly after that. She then became an orphan at the age of twelve and had to board the first of many trains going West with a lot of other orphans. Before becoming an orphan she didn't even know what a train was!

Because she was the oldest, she had to help take care of the other kids. She was lonely and sad, but then she became friends with some of the others whose names were Lacey, Joe, and his brother Sammy. She also met a lot of other people who were traveling west on the trains. Rodzina was talking to a lady with "rosy red cheeks and red cherries on her hat. She seemed very nice." The two adults that were watching the orphans and making sure they didn't get hurt were Mr. Szprots, who wasn't very nice and Ms. Doctor, who Rodzina grew to like.

Did the tall, brave Rodzina get picked to be a daughter or didn't she? How many of the original fourteen orphans would find good homes on the train ride West? I recommend this book to people who would like to learn more about the world of a young orphan in the 1880's. I loved this book and know if you read it you will too!
Rodzina Book Review  Mar 16, 2007

As the orphans board the train they are told they are going to be adopted by loving and caring families out west. Rodzina Brodski, in the novel Rodzina by Karen Cushman, isn't sure about this and doesn't want a new family. She is perfectly fine with her orphanage back in Chicago but is forced to move west. Along the way she meets several orphans and interesting people. Another orphan on the train named Lacey becomes very good friends with Rodzina after they end up sitting together. Another person who Rodzina meets is the lady who is in charge of the orphans named Mrs. Doctor. Later at the end of the novel Mrs. Doctor who has grown fond of Rodzina decides to have Rodzina come live with her. This book is very fascinating and with its fast paced action it will make the reader anxious to know what will happen next. This is a good novel and I would recommend it to others.

Another reason why I would recommend this book is because the characters seem very realistic. I could imagine them in the scenes of the book as I read the story. Rodzina seems like an average girl who is scared and not wanting to be part of a new family, as most orphans would be. Another example, Mrs. Doctor at first seems cruel but later find out she is kind and caring. The plot seems also very realistic because several of these events actually did happen to real orphans.

Another reason why I recommend this book is because of the creativity in the plot. This book will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning when the orphan's situations are described. The reader will have fun trying to imagine how Rodzina feels and what she is going though. It will make the reader really relieve the hardships in there lives.

As a historical fiction novel, Rodzina told about how life was in America during the late 1800's. The author used great detail to describe the country side that the train traveled though and the cities they spent time in. After reading the novel I had a much better understanding of how life was different form today. An example of this difference is how long it took them to travel from Chicago to California.

Rodzina is an excellent well written novel that I would highly recommend. Readers looking for a funny adventurous story will love this book. The reader will route for Rodzina to find a family and live happily. They will want to keep reading until they find out the great ending of who adopts Rodzina.

~C. Cirillo
Rodzina  Nov 15, 2006

A girl named Rodzina is an orphan. She is living on the streets of Chicago. A nun, who knew her, grabbed her and put her on a train. The train was taking her to place where she would be adopted. Rodzina was on this train for many days, and all they fed her was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When they reached their destination, a lot of other kids were being adopted, except Rodzina was not being adopted. She was glad that she was not being adopted; she wanted to go back to Chicago and live on the streets once again. After a few hours all the children who where not adopted got back on the train, and for many more nights all she ate was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
At there next stop Rodzina was adopted. She was mad! The people who adopted her wanted her as a slave not a daughter. So Rodzina told them that she was Polish, and it was against her religion to work on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Fridays. So they took her back and tore up the certificate, threw it in the mans face that was the leader of the adoption agency.
Rodzina got back on the train and for many more nights swayed in the rocking train. When they reached the next town Rodzina was adopted again. This time she was adopted by a couple who already had had twelve children. She felt that this might not be so bad. When they reached their house she could not find it. One of the children told her that they lived in a dugout. She thought that this could be nice. And they all lived happily ever after.
Carissa's Reveiw  Oct 25, 2006
Rodzina is an orphan living on the streets of Chicago when she is put on an orphan train going west. The train stopped in Grand Island first. Three old ladys' adopted Rodzina and went down the road and turned around and took her back to the train station. She kept on going west with Miss Doctor and the other orphans that weren't adopted at the first stop. They stopped again in Cheyenne at another train Clench family that had twelve kids and a mother and father. It took the Clench family and Rodzina a long time to get back to the Clench's home. Rodzina had never seen a dugout and now she lived in one Rodzina found out Mrs. Clench was dying and the only reason Mr. Clench adopted her was for a new wife. When his old wife died because she was very ill. Mr. Clench took Rodzina back to the train station to Miss Doctor the very next morning. Rodzina continued to travel west with Lacy, Joe, and Sammy. On the next train Lacy found a cat and named him Dumpling. The conductor said the cat was for catching mice on the train. When the train stopped again there was a huge blizzard going on. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle stood out on the train platform waiting for Miss Doctor and the orphans. They were in Ogden, Utah Territory. When they got into the train station Miss Doctor looked around for Lacy and found she wasn't there. The Tuttles took Joe, Sammy, Rodzina, and Miss Doctor to their hotel and called the Boss which was a sherriff. Mr. Tuttle, the Coss, and a couple of others looked for Lacy for 3 days they finally found her cuddled with a cow and Dumpling in a barn. Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle adopted Lacy and Dumpling. ...and I won't spoil the wonderful ending!!

I loved this book and i thought it was one of my favorite books that I have read.
Orphan Adventure  Oct 11, 2006
I would like to inform the readers out there that there is a great book to read on the market that makes me wonder what it would be like to be an orphan in the late 19th century. Rodzina, by Karen Cushman, is a fast moving adventure story of an orphan that travels west on an orphan train with all of these orphans that are looking for a "someone" to take care of them. Rodzina, after losing both her mother and father and undergoing countless hardships, isn't looking for some weirdo to take her in as a servant or slave; she's looking for a family and a life. She is alone in the world and isn't sure what to do. Rodzina meets all the little orphans that seem to be happy about going west. She finds herself in charge of the bunch. Some won't leave her alone; one in particular called Lacey is always hanging on to Rodzina who is only 12 years old. She tries to be friendly but in the end she gets really annoyed. By the end of the story she has learned a lot about life and has been taught many lessons but also finds herself among the last of the orphans. Will she chosen?

One scene that I found interesting in this book was at the very beginning when all the orphans are getting on the train to go west. The author describes a crowded station with the orphan stuck in the middle of a mess. They have to get on the train, but keep getting shoved aside by other travelers. She describes the locomotive as a looming dragon. They get inside the train to find a stuffy car with windows that won't open or close. This part makes me feel sad because it puts a depressing picture in my head.

I thought that this was a good book overall. There were a few spots that I started to daydream but it kept me focused for pretty much the whole book. I thought that this book was just right for a middle school reader however, If had a bookshelf with all my favorite books on it I don't think this would be on it. I think I will forget about this book because it didn't make any lasting impressions on me.

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