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In 1856, Mrs. Kelly, a young widow who is unable to provide for her children, makes the ultimate sacrifice: She sends Frances Mary, Mike, Megan, Danny, Peg, and Petey to the West on the Orphan Train, hoping that they will be adopted by families who can give them what she cannot.

The first book in The Orphan Train Adventures, this historically accurate saga follows the adventures o the six Kelly children who are sent out west on the Orphan Train by their impoverished mother in hope that they will find better live. Frances Mary, the eldest of the Kelly children, shepherds her siblings through the Orphan Train trip and struggles to find them good homes. Frances Mary and Petey are adopted by the Cummingses and find themselves involved in the Underground Railroad movement.
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