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The children's train / Viola Ardone ; translated from the Italian by Clarissa Botsford.

Ardone, Viola, 1974- (author.). Botsford, Clarissa, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library ARD (Text) 33500013329768 New Available -
Crookston Public Library ARD (Text) 33500013329750 New Checked out 08/11/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library ARD (Text) 35500006443186 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062940506
  • ISBN: 0062940503
  • ISBN: 9780062940513
  • ISBN: 0062940511
  • Physical Description: 295 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published as Il treno dei bambini in Italy in 2019 by Einaudi.
Summary, etc.:
"Based on true events, a heartbreaking story of love, family, hope, and survival set in post-World War II Italy-written with the heart of Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours-about poor children from the south sent to live with families in the north to survive deprivation and the harsh winters. Though Mussolini and the fascists have been defeated, the war has devastated Italy, especially the south. Seven-year-old Amerigo lives with his mother Antonietta in Naples, surviving on odd jobs and his wits like the rest of the poor in his neighborhood. But one day, Amerigo learns that a train will take him away from the rubble-strewn streets of the city to spend the winter with a family in the north, where he will be safe and have warm clothes and food to eat. Together with thousands of other southern children, Amerigo will cross the entire peninsula to a new life. Through his curious, innocent eyes, we see a nation rising from the ashes of war, reborn. As he comes to enjoy his new surroundings and the possibilities for a better future, Amerigo will make the heartbreaking choice to leave his mother and become a member of his adoptive family. Amerigo's journey is a moving story of memory, indelible bonds, artistry, and self-exploration, and a soaring examination of what family can truly mean. Ultimately Amerigo comes to understand that sometimes we must give up everything, even a mother's love, to find our destiny"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    It's Naples in 1946, and the Communist party has arranged for a train to take impoverished children like seven-year-old Amerigo to Northern Italy to live for six months with foster families. Fortuitously, Amerigo finds himself in Modena with a single woman who has no experience of children; nevertheless, Amerigo warms to her and to her cousin, Rosa. Learning that Amerigo is musical, Rosa's husband crafts a violin for him. After the boy returns to Naples, he discovers that his single-parent mother has sold the violin. Feeling betrayed, Amerigo runs away, back to Modena, where his mother tersely agrees he can stay. Flash forward to 1994; now a famous violinist, Amerigo returns to Naples for his mother's funeral, and there meets his young nephew, Carmine, for the first time. Amerigo decides to take Carmine in, as his foster parents had done years before in Modena. But can such an arrangement work? Beautifully written in Amerigo's first-person voice, this sometimes melancholy novel, translated from Italian, offers a deeply satisfying portrayal of the universality of love. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Children > Italy > Fiction.
Families > Italy > Fiction.
Italy > History > 1945-1976 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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