Title Profile & Character Information

Rodzina

Annotation
A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.

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