Orphan Train

Orphan Train

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061950728
Branch Call Number: FICTION KLINE 2013
Characteristics: 278, [16] p. ; 21 cm


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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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Feb 16, 2017

Easy fast read of this historical fiction book. Love the story of friendship and the study of how people grow and change.

ehbooklover Feb 14, 2017

This was a reread for an upcoming book club meeting. I loved it just as much this time around! My original review from 2015: An amazing story of adversity and resilience that is based on an actual historical event. I admit that I had no knowledge of the use of Orphan Trains and reading this book was a very eye-opening experience for me. I really loved the two main characters and the way their lives intersected to create a wonderfully unique and unexpected friendship and because of that I didn't want this book to end.

Lilac_Summer Nov 02, 2016

Enjoyed the historical content

Sep 21, 2016

Orphan Train felt like a very crafted book. It is among a group of books where alternating stories of the past and present are woven together, and end on a hopeful note.

The historical section involving the story of the Orphan Train was more successful to me. The background story for Vivian and her journey were more compelling than Molly, the present day protagonist. Her story did not feel true to me, but I am far from a teenager at this point in my life. If the author had given a more general backstory on the present day plight of some Native Americans, the comparison would have held together for me in a better way. The theme of outsiders was evident, but in the end, I never felt attached to either of the main characters.

This book seems very suitable for young adult readers, as the teenage years are so much a search for identity and belonging. The language is simple and the stories lend themselves to a compare and contrast discussion.

If you found this book your cup of tea, you will also enjoy A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

Sep 18, 2016

Very touching, and I like the two-story arc which follows two orphans born in different times, comparing similarities and differences in their experiences. Very well-written and researched.

Riddlereads Sep 17, 2016

A wonderful story of friendship that grows from unexpected unions, Orphan Train is a must read for lovers of all fiction, especially historic.

Jul 30, 2016

I liked how the story ended happily...in a way.

Jul 26, 2016

I loved every minute of reading this book!

Jul 12, 2016

I could see this being made into a movie on the Hallmark Channel. I found this novel overly simplistic.

Jun 29, 2016

Kline does a fabulous job meshing together two stories told in two different time periods. Orphan train is an intriguing account of two women and their quest to find normalcy in a world that is not their own. The historical element of the orphan train draws in the untold stories of many young orphan children in the 1920s.

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Jul 24, 2015

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