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Orphan Train
Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be. — 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 o...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061950728
ISBN-10: 0061950726
Publication Date: 4/2/2013
Pages: 288
Edition: Original
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 452 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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bullyrescue avatar reviewed Orphan Train on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Weaving together the stories of 2 abandoned children, one from the past and one from the present.

I am quite new at reviewing the books I read, but will try more because I understand how important they are to authors.

I loved this book and plan on reading it again.

The point of view was kinda confusing at first. However as a read it more and more I began to understand what the author was trying to say, by the way the characters interacted and brought the story to life.
Many times while reading I felt like I was right there in 1929 on the train or in the houses that Viv found herself. I did not live in the 1920s or 1930s, but the things at happened and descriptions really made me feel like was living in the time. I had to wait over 200 pages for something to happen but it definitely was worth the wait.
The current setting in 2011 is also just as amazing.

I lost many hours of sleeping reading the Orphan Train. The story, character development, and descriptions are first class.

"I was stunned to learn about the breadth and scope of the orphan train movement, which transported a reported two hundred thousand children from the East Coast to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929". (authors quote page 275)
TakingTime avatar reviewed Orphan Train on + 1073 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 11
Great book - more than well worth the read - an elderly woman, Vivian - who had ridden the orphan train as a child - meets and developes a friendship with a young girl,Molly, also a victim of her circumstances. It tells how the friendship progresses and the wonderful relationship and healing that both women go thru. An unlikely pair, that by giving, receive so much more back. 4 stars
paisleywings avatar reviewed Orphan Train on + 232 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
An awesome book. The life of two people of different generations experience the life as orphans. One, as a young girl from the orphan train, and the sadness that follows.

Then there is the current orphan moving from foster to foster.

Eventually their lives collide and secrets are spilled.
reviewed Orphan Train on + 145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Oh, what a good book! Children on an Orphan Train, being sent along the way in hopes of being adopted by a family in each town. The story is basically about an old woman, once on the train herself and a young girl, who is in search of her identity and "herself". It seems unlikely they would come together. The author takes you between then and now, and writes in such a way that you can't help but care about the characters. This is a book you'll savor; I know I sure did.
lmtaylor33 avatar reviewed Orphan Train on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author did a good job of developing the friendship between the 2 main characters. She also did an excellent job of describing how the "orphan train" system worked and how the children who were part of that system were treated (or mistreated I should say).
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