Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider

Forgetting Tabitha The Story of an Orphan Train Rider Raised on a farm outside of West Chester County Tabitha Salt the daughter of Irish immigrants leads a sheltered existence When tragedy strikes the family the ten year old and her mother are forced

  • Title: Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider
  • Author: Julie Dewey
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  • Page: 291
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  • Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider

    Raised on a farm outside of West Chester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaoticRaised on a farm outside of West Chester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaotic slum The women find work as laundresses, struggling every day to survive in their squalid living conditions.When tragedy strikes again, Tabitha finds herself on the streets of New York City, alone Summoning her courage and willing her legs that are numb with fear and grief to move, she takes to a life on the streets Stealing food and running from the law, Tabitha dreams of the future.During this time the Sisters of Charity were plucking orphans off the streets with promises of a new life Children were told to forget their pasts, including their religious beliefs, families, and names They were to become Christian and were given new identities, only then could they board the orphan trains The orphan trains carried the destitute children out west in search of new homes Siblings were often ripped apart and many didn t find homes but became indentured workers in exchange for room and board The looming decision would alter her life course boarding the train meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind Vulnerable and afraid she made her decision.

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    1. Erin

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Forgetting Tabitha threw me for a loop. The blurb described a touching portrait of a child's experiences on the orphan train when in truth Julie Dewey's story is a much stronger tale about both the immediate impact and long term repercussions endured by those entrusted to the care of the program.Far from being a children's story, Forgetting Tabitha touches on some pretty heavy content including, but not limited to, the world's oldest professio [...]

    2. Kerie

      It's not a great book, but was interesting enough, though it was a little confusing with several different characters having chapters in first person.I had a lot of trouble accepting that people in the 1870's would be referring to psychotherapists. Clinical psychology wasn't even invented until 1896, it's very doubtful the average person of the time would even know what it was, and there certainly weren't therapists as we know them today. When I'm reading historical fiction it's jarring inaccura [...]

    3. Brenda

      This is a story with real potential, but it really needs a strong editor.Overall, it's not the worst book I've ever read. With a good editor and some key changes this would be a much better story.

    4. Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

      I was attracted to this book based solely on the fact that it was a historical fiction read that dealt with orphan trains. I was introduced to this little known part of American history a couple of years ago with Christina Baker Kline's book, aptly named 'Orphan Train', and it remains a very interesting part of the US's history.Forgetting Tabitha starts out strong with good descriptions of what life was like in New York City for those less fortunate - the poverty, the lack of hygiene and educati [...]

    5. Terri

      I wanted to like this book. Tells the story of a young girl sent on the Orphan's Train from New York. The story starts out being told by Tabitha when she's old. Her thoughts of New York are harsh, gritty and probably true to life. There are gangs, and lots of violence. Tabitha's mother dies, and Tabitha is put out on the street and 'rescued' by a small group of homeless children. But Tabitha stays true to her mother's teachings, even to trying to brush her teeth after every meal. She finally get [...]

    6. Cindy

      Tabitha crossed the ocean with her family in early in the 1900's. She is the only one who survived. She lived in the streets before she found the nun's that took children on the "Orphan train" from New York to states West to try to find homes for them with people who either wanted to adopt or farmer's who needed help, etc. She was given a new name and was told to forget her old life and start a new life with a new name. This is her story and the people she met.A heart wrenching story that keeps [...]

    7. Billie

      The story of two orphans who were adopted by different families but had a common background. As they grew up and grew even closer they fell in love and wanted a life together. The young girl's family didn't feel the young man was worthy and tried keeping them apart. He left to try and make his fortune to prove he was worthy.e night before he left they sneaked out to meet and the young lady ended up pregnant.I'm sure this depicts a true picture of how things were in those days and I found myself [...]

    8. Desiree

      Great historical fiction. This was a cute story of historical fiction. At times it had me crying, lots of heartfelt moments. This bit of history entwined in the lives of Tabitha, other orphans, friends, and family was educational, and above all, entertaining. I learned where the term "boxcar children" came from. I like how the author gives the reader questions at the end of the novel to ponder on. Four stars because I thought the later chapters were out of place, being in first person of new cha [...]

    9. Tess Ailshire

      This book is nitty-gritty; don't read it if you aren't prepared for the realities of a life faced by orphan-train children. It's earthy - written about a time when children weren't shielded from the harsh realities of life. I found the story fascinating, and could sympathize even with the characters I didn't particularly like. It's a good thing it was such a good story. The author allows her characters to retain the qualities that make them unique, recognizing that not all people can or will con [...]

    10. Zoe Schoppa

      I have read several fictional accounts of the orphan trains all from Christian writers and my enjoyment of them led me to "purchase" this book when the kindle edition was offered for free on . I'm glad I read it. This was more raw and a bit rougher than the Christian versions but that also makes it more realistic. These kids had a tough lot and absolutely nothing about their lives was sweet and simple. In that regard the plight of orphans or unwanted children today is not really much different. [...]

    11. Autumn

      I received a copy of this book for an honest review.I wanted to love this book I enjoy the era the author attempted to set her tale in, but the books were riddled with anachronistic wording. When writing a historical fiction an author must carefully research the era they are setting their piece in if they want their work to sound authentic.I found the number of and quality of the sex scenes in this book very off-putting. It is understandable that there be some, do to the characters and situation [...]

    12. Nancy

      This is an interesting book on the orphan trains, that were used to take orphans, or half orphans from New York City, to homes west of New York. It describes the conditions children lived in during that time in New York City, with immigrants from many different countries coming into America. It tells of the gangs, the stealing to survive, and the abuse of children. It takes a few of these children on the trains, and the stops they made, where people would chose children to adopt, or as workers. [...]

    13. Elizabeth Rodriguez

      I enjoyed this story. It's similar to Christine Baker Kine's Orphan Train. Both books were exceptional reads and I would recommend them to anyone.I love reading about historical events and learning what life was like back then. I never knew about orphan trains or the background on them. It's unsettling to learn what children went through in the late 1800s and the means to survive. I can't imagine. This story was very sad and hard to read at times. I'm sure this depicts a horrific picture of what [...]

    14. Norma

      This was a very interesting story set in the the mid-to-late 1800's. It gave a personal look of the tragic fate of many of the orphans and neglected children who had to roam the streets of New York and do what is necessary to survive. With this in mind the characters allow you to experience their life stories. Tabitha (Mary, her name given to her by the Sister who supervised the orphan train) is a very strong girl who meets others in her predicament either on the streets or on the train. It give [...]

    15. Gretchen

      This story was pretty decent, however there were a large number of issues I found within it. References to a refrigerator were interesting considering they weren't invented until the 1900s and the time period of the story doesn't support the use of them.The titles of the chapters were occasionally helpful in understanding the person telling the story, but some chapters didn't have that helpful part, so it wasn't always clear as to who was telling the story. I think it could have benefitted from [...]

    16. Linda Case

      Strange book.Starts out interesting, but in the middle it becomes a diary of sexual trysts + infidelities, completely losing the original plot. I ended up skipping 1/3 of the book + went to the epilogue. Too bad the story lost its way. It would've been much better had it followed the original plot. Not everyone enjoys reading about sexual exploits.

    17. Traci

      Not Historically Accurate The book started out fine, but the plot took a sudden turn and became quite nonsensical. Not worth the money!

    18. Melissa Lee

      DNF.Finding Tabitha has a premise that really caught my attention; a historical fiction, following a young girl living in old New York. It told of the gangs from the 5 Points in the city and the hardships that are associated with living in the slums. Then moves on to the early days of the orphan trains and chronicles the rest of Tabitha’s life. At first there were some slight historical inaccuracies but I was able to overlook them as the plot was interesting. However as I read along they becam [...]

    19. Dutchess of Earl

      Read it!The 1st couple of chapters were all over the place. I had to go back a few times to figure some things out. After I figured out what the author was doing, it took off for me. I couldn't put it down.

    20. Jean D. Wagner

      FamilyA great story about loss, love, and family. Truly enjoyed it and was so enthralled that I couldn't put the book down

    21. Tracey Stark

      Couldn't Put Tabitha DownI loved this book. It had many twists and turns so that I couldn't guess what would be next. I would highly recommend this book to all!!

    22. Melinda

      Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy3.0 StarsAfter seeing a very well-done documentary on The American Experience on the orphan trains, and then reading Christina Baker Cline's excellent book, Orphan Train become fascinated with the topic. So, when Forgetting Tabitha crossed my radar, I knew I needed to read it.I will be honest, I had some problems with this book. For one thing, the story is set in the 1860's, but it could have easily been the 1880's, 1900's or 1920's. Dewey nev [...]

    23. Carol

      Loved this book about the orphan trains. Appreciated the way the author set the chapters about the different characters in the book. A very quick read.

    24. Annette

      Rating: 4 stars for very good (the first 1/3 of book). 2 Stars for okay (for the rest of the book).Summary:Tabitha Salt is a first generation American. She is the daughter of Irish immigrants. After her father died, she and her mother move to a tenement in the Five Points district of New York City. Tabitha's mother makes a living by taking in laundry. They survive but barely. Within a a year of her father's death her mother dies. Tabitha is left an orphan at age ten. She has two choices: live on [...]

    25. Gloria

      I received this copy as a ' First Reads book and this is an honest review. Most books about orphan trains I have read prior were geared more towards tweens or teens - this is definitely not a teen book. Overview: (view spoiler)[The book follows at least four orphans - some are put on the train as orphan riders, some are not. Their lives intertwine in the town of Binghamton, New York, way back in the 1860's - or earlier. The title character is Tabitha: she lived on a farm until her father died an [...]

    26. Kathleen Kelly

      The Orphan Trains During the late 1800's in New York City, it was not unusual to find orphaned children living on the streets. A lot of these children were abandoned for a variety of reasons, parents could not longer take care of them because of alcholism, single mother's unable to feed the child or parents died and leaving the children orphans. A lot of these children were in trouble with the law also. The Sisters of Charity were involved in finding these children homes to be adopted into, thus [...]

    27. MoHurley

      Forgetting Tabitha the Story of an Orphan Train Rider was an ambitious attempt at a complex historical novel but too many technical issues interfered with the storyline. It needs a good rewrite. The most annoying aspect was the novel's physical layout. Unexpected switching of character perspectives--rarely with a warning or chapter heading, had me rereading several opening paragraphs: who is speaking? Whose point of view? It didn't help that many of the characters used the same speech acts, so t [...]

    28. Darlene

      Forgetting Tabitha: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider by Julie Dewey is an emotional and realistically told story of the lives of children who boarded the orphan trains bound for new homes. I have read about orphan trains before but that didn’t make the impact of reading of them again any less horrific for me. The thought of all of these poor children without homes just broke my heart.Tabitha starts out her life happy growing up on a farm with her mom and dad. That is, until her father dies. [...]

    29. Margaret

      I thought the author made a list of items she wanted to include in a novel and then wrote the novel around the list, rather than telling us a story about a little girl.

    30. Heather Osborne

      Upon beginning my read of this book, I really got into the story of Tabitha, later renamed Mary by the orphan train organizer, Sister Agnes. I do know a fair bit of the history at this time, and I found the first part really kept to the historical details. I felt sad for Tabitha when she lost her mother to an infection, as disease was so rampant in the industrialized areas during and after the Civil War.As the novel went on, I found myself becoming less connected to Tabitha, as the perspective o [...]

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