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A Place to Belong (1989)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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A Place To Belong is the fourth book of The Orphan Train Adventure series. This story revolves mainly around Danny Kelly, who is adopted by Alfrid and Olga Swenson. The story follows Danny’s attempt to have Alfrid marry his mother, who in the end does come to live in St. Joseph but does not marry Alfrid.

This series represents what it means to be a part of a family, whether by blood or association. While this particular book was slow in some parts, I felt it compelled to continue on and by the end, I was glad I did.

Classroom extensions would include discussion of what a blacksmith does (as Danny’s mother marries the town’s blacksmith instead of Alfrid). The book could also be used as a transition to studying about Abraham Lincoln. ( )
  DavisPamelag | Mar 28, 2011 |
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Jennifer Collins raced down the stairs, nearly colliding with her grandmother.
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In 1856, having traveled with his young sister from New York to a foster home on a farm in Missouri, ten-year-old Danny plots to get his foster father to send for and marry his mother.

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