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Between 1854 and 1930, more than 200,000 orphaned or abandoned children were sent west on orphan trains to find new homes. Some were adopted by loving families; others were not as fortunate. In recent years, some of the riders have begun to share their stories. Andrea Warren alternates chapters about the history of the orphan trains with the story of Lee Nailling, who in 1926 rode an orphan train to Texas.
“Think of it as a game, Jack. Play the game right and you might outlast the Nazis.”
Living happily in Poland, twelve-year-old Jack Mandelbaum is hardly aware that he is Jewish. Then Hitler comes to power. Forced to work for the Nazis, then torn from his family as they are herded into a concentration camp, Jack fights to survive. Each day is a struggle to get enough food, stay clean, and avoid physical harm. Jack's friend tells him to think of it as a game, to work hard and not take anything personally. But life in the camps is brutal, and Hitler's guards are skilled at crushing a prisoner's spirit.
Award-winning author Andrea Warren has crafted an unforgettable true story of a boy becoming a man in the shadow of the Third Reich.