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Orphan Train

A Novel
Kline, Christina Baker (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are."--from publisher's description
Authors: Kline, Christina Baker, 1964-
Title: Orphan train
a novel
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 278, [16] p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Christina Baker Kline
Notes: Includes reading group guide
Summary: "Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are."--from publisher's description
ISBN: 9780061950728
0061950726
9780062101204
006210120X
Branch Call Number: FICTION KLINE 2013
Subject Headings: Women Fiction Orphan trains Fiction Female friendship Fiction
Topical Term: Women
Orphan trains
Female friendship
LCCN: 2012027409
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Join the discussion on Dec. 9, 2014. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions... Read More »

Join the discussion on Sept. 15, 2014. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessio... Read More »

Join the discussion on Nov. 25, 2014. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse. As she helps Vivian sort through her possession... Read More »

A teenaged girl who is 'aging out' of the foster care system finds herself helping an elderly woman clean out her home. They are not as different as one might think at first glance.


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Oct 08, 2014
  • Septemberly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After all the hype, I guess I expected more. This book was enjoyable but very predictable and formulaic. The reader could predict the outcome after just a couple of chapters. (It did make me want to read more real-life accounts of orphan trains.)

Sep 24, 2014
  • sunnye1988 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was totally unaware that orphan trains really existed in American history. This book opened my eyes. I was transported back in time in the twenties and thirties when trains were the main source of transportation. Two different people from two different eras do have things in common. This book makes me realize how the world has changed in over a hundred years. Orphan Train has a happy ending despite hardship and cruelty. It also changed Molly's attitude when she discovered what Vivian went through. Orphan Train should be a must read for young adults. Could not put it down.

Sep 15, 2014
  • zenandnow rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I just started this and it is reminding me too much of "My Notorious Life" by Kate Manning (which I really liked.) The writing is pretty good, but the story just doesn't strike me as original, but rather another orphan story...

Aug 18, 2014
  • kindrabirss rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book was good, but I thought it could have been better. I loved the flashback stories to the 20's-30's of Vivian much more than the present day story of Molly. Vivian's story was engrossing and interesting as she was one of the children on the orphan train. Near the end I felt like the author starting rushing to finish Vivian's story. Less detail, less engrossing - just sort of glossing over things and jumping forward through time which made me start to disconnect with Vivian. I also didn't love how the end of the book started to move quickly to wrap things up into a neat little bow. I wanted to love this book, but thought it was just ok.

Aug 10, 2014
  • patwalsh327 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally engrossing, interesting reading. Well done, I couldn't put it down.

Aug 07, 2014
  • lsneath rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful story, easy read, historically interesting! Would make a great movie too!

Jul 26, 2014
  • ivonnewatson rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. Although some parts can be difficult to imagine, it really gives you an insight on being a foster child. Recommend it!

Jul 24, 2014
  • aliciamarie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book! I am a sucker for anything in the 1920s era and I was so surprised I had never heard of Orphan Trains. This story is fiction, though doused in historic facts. DO NOT skip over the "acknowledgements" section at the end! Also, have a box of tissues handy. I loved how it cut back and forth between present day and the past. You knew what would happen but had the mystery was how it came to be. I cant say enough about how I love this book!

Jun 20, 2014
  • sems77 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved this book. I learned a lot about history by reading this. Interesting, quick read.

Jun 09, 2014
  • EXLIBRES rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Have a box of tissues handy.

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Jun 16, 2014
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Jun 22, 2013
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