THE ORPHAN TRAIN MOVEMENT OF 1854-1929
DONNA NORDMARK AVILES, Author & Public Speaker
ORPHAN TRAIN DESCENDANT AND MEMBER OF THE DE HUMANITIES FORUM & NATIONAL ORPHAN TRAIN COMPLEX SPEAKERS BUREAUS
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION PRESENTATIONS
Donna Nordmark Aviles is available for presentations on the Orphan Train Movement. Her books fit in nicely with 4th and 5th grade curriculum and can be used to enhance other fiction works that the students may study.
Community Organizations, such as Libraries, Rotary Clubs, Senior Clubs, Book Clubs and Genealogy Clubs will enjoy learning about the Orphan Trains, as well as how to search for a rider and the importance of Oral Histories and Personal Narratives.
Signed copies of Ms. Aviles' books are made available during all presentations. Pre-sales are encouraged at schools to allow more time for discussion and questions.
Visit the SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS page of this website, listed above, or contact Donna Nordmark Aviles at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to schedule your presentation!
"It's very American - their journeys to find their places in the world. Donna tells the truth of it. I'm attracted to true stories and these have a lot of heart. When you get into the minutiae of characters you find a wellspring of drama, humor and adventure. Donna's books transport you back in time. It's a really interesting part of our history that never really has been written about but I think will appeal to a large audience."
-William Rotko, Screenwriter BREACH (Universal Pictures)
"Thank you for your captivating presentation! We know we speak for everyone who attended in saying that we were all enriched by an increased knowledge of the Orphan Trains and their impact on that segment of our country's history. We are proud to have your books in the St. John The Beloved library and look foward to recommending you to other librarians."
- Valerie Oldiges & Diane Naylor, SJB School
"Thank you for an interesting and informative evening. We appreciate that you could come and share the family stories with audio, ,photos and great documentation. Your manner is so personable and to share a story so meaningful is important as placement in history. Many thank-yous!"
- Barbara Miller, Friends of the Hockessin Library
"Oliver was really a larger than life character. He was so tough and such a good person. This story should be made into a movie. The book is very well written - my goodness, what a man!"
- Ellen Taylor, Genealogist Phoenix, AZ
"Excellent book, even adults would love it! It keeps one captivated, wondering NOW what will happen to these two brothers. FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! touches on brotherly love and the importance of family, in addition to the contribution of historical information."
-Renee Wendinger, VP Minnesota Orphan Train Riders Assoc.
" PEANUT BUTTER FOR CUPCAKES" is bound to be considered a classic in its genre. Rarely do you find a story than can not only teach your children important history lessons, but also how families in the past survived some of the hardest of times. It is this final aspect that gives the book its unique component, for it provides young people with a sense of respect for their ancestors - a level of respect that is very deserving but often not given. "PEANUT BUTTER FOR CUPCAKES", like Donna Aviles' two other books, should be considered esential reading."
-Peter N. Jones, PhD Cultural Anthropologist
What wonderful stories of ambition and survival. I truly enjoyed both books and would recommend to readers of any age. Oliver was a remarkable and resourceful young man.
Mary Jane Klosowski, Wilmington, DE
Everyone is STILL talking about your presentation - the kids are reading your books and looking at all the "family traditions" that are up on the wall, and the teachers are using the whole concept of oral history and storytelling in all their classes. It is a GREAT lead-up to Grandparents Day. You did a great job and everyone loved you!"
Lois Brooks, Lower School Librarian, WCS, Hockessin, DE
"Thank you for your visit to Pope John Paul II School. I am sending some thank you notes that the children made for you. For many it was their first time meeting an author. You have made quite an impression on them and have inspired many to read (including some of our reluctant readers)!"
Kate McCarron, Library Media Specialist, Claymont, DE
"The energy and excitement displayed by my students was amazing. They couldn't get enough of learning about Oliver's journey and America's Orphan Trains."
Kristie Ridgley, Teacher of the Year, Linden Hill Elem.
**SCENES FROM THE BOOK TOUR!** (CAPTURED IN THE LINK ABOVE)
**SKYPE PRESENTATIONS** Available For Classrooms Beginning this School Year! Click Here http://skypeanauthor.wikifoundry.com/page/Donna+Aviles For More Details or Email Me Directly!
**FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY!, BEYOND THE ORPHAN TRAIN & PEANUT BUTTER FOR CUPCAKES ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN KINDLE FORMAT FROM AMAZON.COM!**
**Check out my BLOG @ www.orphantrainbook.blogspot.com Here you will find ongoing posts about the history of the Orphan Train Movement in America, as well as updates on my efforts, and the efforts of others, to bring back this lost piece of American history and restore the riders' rightful place in our collective conscience. Happy Reading!!**
Display Booth - 1st Annual SPBE in NYC
FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! The True Story of Oliver Nordmark & America's Orphan Trains ISBN# 1932852-07-7 Ages 9 and up RL 6.1 WINNER of the 2009 BEST BOOKS Award sponsored by USA Book News (Audiobook Format)
BEYOND THE ORPHAN TRAIN A True Adventure ISBN#1-932852-94-8 Ages 9 and up RL 6.1 WINNER of the 2009 BEST BOOKS Award sponsored by USA Book News (Audiobook Format)
As the stock market crashes on October 29, 1929, Oliver Nordmark fears for his job at the silk mill. When his nightmare comes true and the mill shuts down, Oliver is hesitant to allow his wife, Estella, to take a job at the local coffee shop. When he finally gives in, with tragic results, Oliver and his six young children struggle to survive as the Great Depression takes its grip on the country.
"Engaging, informative and educational, Peanut Butter For Cupcakes brings alive the life and times of one of the most difficult periods of U.S. history. Unlike standard history text, or those big biographical tomes typical of books covering the Great Depression, author Donna Aviles delivers a story written to capture the heart and soul of the reader."
Peter N. Jones, PhD Cultural Anthropologist
Library Display at Wilmington Christian School
HOW TO PURCHASE BOOKS
FLY LITTLE BIRD, FLY! $8.00
Send a check or money order to Donna Aviles, P.O. Box 1303, Hockessin, DE 19707. Please indicate if you would like your books signed and add $3.75 for shipping.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A resident of Pike Creek Delaware, Donna Nordmark Aviles is the granddaughter of Oliver Nordmark, the protagonist of her first two books. She has worked in many fields including foreign exchange, social services and business. After raising three children, Aviles returned to her early love of writing and enjoys speaking to school students and organizations about the Orphan Train Movement of 1854-1929. To view student artwork illustrating Fly Little Bird, Fly! click on the "view photo album" link on the left hand side of the page. To contact Donna Aviles, send an email to: email@example.com.