Thorndike Press

The Children's Train

  • Viola Ardone
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  • ISBN-10: 1432886436
  • ISBN-13: 9781432886431
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 360 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released April 2021

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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. 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. Amerigo’s journey is a story of memory, indelible bonds, and self-exploration, and an 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.


Customer Reviews

“Ardone’s beautifully crafted story explores the meaning of identity and belonging . . . recommended to fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.”

— Library Journal