“In a most beautiful and professional way, this book represents a true labor of love. A candid, humbling, but ultimately inspiring look at a very particular theme and period in American history. The archival photos of newsboys and bootblacks surviving on the streets of New York. Hauntingly good!
The yearbook‐like sketches of orphan train children and the responsible adults and
citizens they became; a highlight. With this volume alone, Renée Wendinger has made the planet a better place.”
John Graham Tucker, president of Norfleet Press
New York, New York
“An absolutely incredible book! This is a classic book and a fascinating story written
by a very talented lady. This author portrays the children’s stories so well. Classic images
of our distant past, the pictures are beautiful! To acquire an appreciation for New York’s history this book is a “have got to pick up,” as it is one of a kind. Really a wonderful and classy book. A concentrated New York College course has been built upon this accomplished book alone.”
Art and Susan Zuckerman, Steve Duer [historians, lecture series]
Radio Station WVOX [Z Travel and Leisure]
New York, New York
Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York provides an insightful overview of how responsible persons made drastic decisions based on facts, common sense and a limited number of real life options. It is a unique book that belongs on the shelf of every professional or aspiring sociologist involved in the history of unfortunate children, and in collected works of every library. This book reveals, probably for
the first time to millions, the heroic work undertaken by the New York Foundling and the Children’s Aid Society. The book envisions a part of American history which might have been a lifelong tragic loss. An excellent book!
Diana Serra Cary, author of Hollywood‘s Children; What Ever Happened Baby Peggy,
[and additional tome]
Fending for oneself as a child is a rough endeavor. "Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains
and Newsboys of New York" tells the story of the fate of many children in the early twentieth century, and how the Children's Aid Society sought to help these young people through their early lives. From helping them find homes in rural America through the famous orphan trains, to giving the newsboys of New York places to stay,the Children's Aid Society engaged in remarkable work. "Extra! Extra!" is a fascinating
survey of the history of child welfare in the United States.
Midwest Book Review
Last Train Home, an orphan train story, is a moving fictional story based on the real life stories of Johnny and Sophia, both orphaned in the early 1900s under heart-wrenchingly difficult circumstances. I was struck by the similarities between the characters in Last Train Home and my grandmother's creation, Anne of Green Gables, and the will to live a positive and productive life. The author is clearly a gifted writer.
Kate Macdonald Butler, granddaughter of Canadian author, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Last Train Home, an orphan train story, is history at its most capacious, beautifully written, and panoramic in viewpoint about the people who made history aboard the orphan trains of New York. Renee Wendinger tells a tale of how one event in a life can change everything. This is a story about a moving time in our nation's history when hope and faith held us all strongly together. A great novel for historical fiction lovers.
Ann Creel, novelist of Nicki and Thanks to Nicki(American Girl books)