Title Profile & Character Information

Rodzina

Annotation
In 1881, 12-year-old Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski wishes she didn’t have to board the orphan train in Chicago. But she has no home, no family, and no choice. Rodzina doesn’t believe the orphans are on their way out West to be adopted by good families. She’s sure they will become slaves to strangers. Anyway, who would ever adopt a large, tough, stubborn girl of Polish origin? As the train heads west, all Rodzina has is a small suitcase and her family memories from the past. Will Rodzina ever step off the train to find the family that deep in her heart she’s searching for?

Awards
2004  Washington State Book Award


Author Notes
  Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois. Rodzina is her fifth book. Her first, Catherine, Called Birdy, was a Newbery Honor winner, and her second, The Midwife's Apprentice, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Ms. Cushman is the mother of a grown daughter, Leah. She lives on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, with her husband, Philip
Characters
NameBrodski, Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya
GenderFemale
TraitsPolish American
Immigrant
Orphan

GenreFiction
Historical
Coming of age
Sociological
TopicsOrphans
Fear of the unknown
Life changes
Journeys
Loneliness
Overcoming adversity
Personal growth
Search for a better life
SettingTrain
Orphan train