The 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia program features two companion book for children, teens, and family reading.

Featured Book

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Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train is the compelling story of Vivian, a 91-year-old widow once orphaned as a child, and Molly, a troubled teen who has been shuffled from one unstable foster home to another. The two women develop a bond, with Vivian treasuring her Irish immigrant roots and Molly finding comfort in her ancestral Native American tradition. The novel sheds light on an era when thousands of orphaned children were taken from crowded cities to face uncertain futures in the rural Midwest and connects with the importance of heritage and memories in shaping who we are, the value of intergenerational relationships, and the fundamental power of family. The Library Journal calls it, "A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage... With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history."

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Companion Books

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Rodzina by Karen Cushman

In this novel by the Newbery Medal-winning author Karen Cushman, 12-year-old Rodzina knows the orphan train she boards may not take her to a caring family. Who will ever want a headstrong, stubborn Polish immigrant girl, and how will Rodzina ever find the loving home she dreams of? But having lost her family, Rodzina has no choice but to draw upon her inner strength and hold fast to her hopes as she embarks upon a new future.

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Locomotive by Brian Floca

Richly detailed, playfully written and wonderfully illustrated, Caldecott Medal winner Locomotive describes how steam engine trains work and how the transcontinental railroad changed the country. Kirkus Reviews describes Locomotive as "Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes."

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