Looking for Home

Looking for Home

by Arleta Richardson

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Overview

With his mother dead, his father gone, and his older brothers and sisters unable to help, eight-year-old Ethan Cooper knows it’s his responsibility to keep him and his younger siblings together—even if that means going to an orphanage.

Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will settle into the Briarlane Christian Children’s Home, where there’s plenty to eat, plenty of work, and plenty of talk about a Father who never leaves. Even so, Ethan fears losing the only family he has. How can he trust God to keep him safe when almost everything he’s known has disappeared?

The first book in the Beyond the Orphan Train series, Looking for Home takes us back to 1907 Pennsylvania and into the real-life adventures of four children in search of a true home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434702296
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Series: Beyond the Orphan Train , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 13,484
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

A teacher and librarian, Arleta Richardson was a beloved children’s author. Her popular Grandma’s Attic series, which recounts her grandmother’s childhood on a 19th-century farm on the shores of Lake Michigan, has reached more than 2 million people around the world.

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Looking for Home 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Orphan Train series by Arleta Richardson contains four books in one. Beyond the Orphan Train contains Looking for Home, Whistle-Stop West, West Prairie Homestead, and Across the Border. The books show the life of Ethan Cooper from May 1907 through May 1912. Ethan is eight years old at the beginning of the series and he promised to take care of his younger siblings. The family’s mother passed away and their father took off. The older siblings all have jobs and cannot take care of the younger children. Ethan, Simon, William, and Alice are sent to an orphanage where they eventually get on an orphan train headed west. The orphanage hopes that each child will find a home. The Cooper children want to find a home for all of the together (which is next to impossible). Join Ethan and the other children on an adventure to find forever families. Beyond the Orphan Train is well-written and easy to read (has a good flow). The stories are for children, but I believe that readers of all ages will enjoy these heartwarming stories as well. They are Christian stories that include history (from the areas including Pancho Villa) and talking points at the end (that you can use with kids especially if reading the book in a class or for homeschooling). I enjoyed these sweet stories. The book emphasized that God is always with you if you believe (have faith). I give Beyond the Orphan Train 5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Beyond the Orphan Train from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
I am familiar with Arleta Richardson's Grandma's Attic series so I was excited to dive into this series. Beyond the Orphan Train series was a real hit with my children (preschool through middle-grade). I read aloud one to four chapters at each sitting and the kids just about always begged for more. I know my middle-grade daughter will read and reread these stories on her own. There was enough adventure to keep the boys interested yet not too much to frighten my tenderhearted little girl. I liked the many real-life subjects that came up in our discussions while reading this story. I requested this book through NetGalley in order to read and offer an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
"The Orphans' Journey" is one story told in 4 sequential books. The setting of the books is in the late 1800's, where you meet the Cooper family of 9 siblings, who have no parents. There are too many children to take care of, so 4 of them are sent away to Briarlane Christian Children's Home. This story centers on those 4 kids: Ethan, Alice, Simon, and Will. Ethan, being the oldest of the four being sent to the orphanage, feels he must be the one to keep his family together. Things get a little crazy & out of hand, as the train is coming to pick up orphans to take them across the country. To add to all the chaos, more challenges are created when bullies appear at the orphanage, and also when the siblings are threatened by being adopted into separate families. In the Cooper's adventures, they encounter Indians, a dust storm, and meet up with a horrifying bandit. It takes a lot of courage for Ethan to keep track of his other 3 siblings, plus his new friends at the orphanage. He wants to stay with everyone he loves, but decisions have to be made. He finds that looking to God will help him sort his troubles. In this series, where one book leaves off, the next book continues. It is like reading one big story, divided into 4 books (each of which are approximately 140 pages). Also, you might recognize the author, Arleta Richardson, writer of the "Grandma's Attic" series. This was a wonderful series of books. I learned a lot about orphan trains, and other things going on in that time period, etc. I think a lot of kids would definitely enjoy reading these books. Book One: Looking for Home Book Two: Whistle-stop West Book Three: Prairie Homestead Book Four: Across the Border