Nettie and Nellie Crook: Orphan Train Sisters (Based on a True Story)

Written by E. F. Abbott

Nettie and Nellie Crook are only five years old in 1910 when they are removed from their neglectful home in New York. No one tells Nettie and Nellie why their parents can no longer care for them, and later, no one explains why all the orphans are put on a train headed west. The girls soon find themselves put on display in various small town auditoriums, where prospective parents examine and select children for adoption. Nettie and Nellie are taken by Mr. and Mrs. Chapin, but this happy ending isn't what it seems; Mrs. Chapin is cruel and works the girls like slaves. The twins are eventually rescued, finding the "forever" home they've always wanted.

Age Range 8 - 12 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Square Fish
Grade Level 3rd - 4th