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Orphan Train

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
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 278 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. + 14 p. : ill. (P.S. Insights, interviews& more ...)
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
Statement of Responsibility: Christina Baker Kline
Subject Headings: Foster children Fiction Indians of North America Fiction Women Fiction Orphan trains Fiction Female friendship Fiction
Topical Term: Foster children
Indians of North America
Women
Orphan trains
Female friendship
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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.

Jun 06, 2014
  • Sansha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. Loosely based around the fact there was such a thing as The Orphan train which shipped children across America between 1854 to 1929. Brutal and heart-warming in equal measures.

Jun 05, 2014
  • mary498 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding read. Great historical fiction which alternates chapters between present day and history.

Apr 26, 2014
  • jng30s rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

quick easy read straight forward work of historical fiction about 2 women born 75 years apart who both share similar childhoods growing up in foster homes and the hardships the both endure.Both Molly and Vivian struggle for belonging, family and acceptance.

Mar 19, 2014
  • LaughingOne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This story grabbed me. I loved seeing the similarities between two almost orphans: 90+-year-old Vivian and 17-year-old Molly. When I first saw the title, I thought this would be about the orphan trains of war-torn Europe. I had no idea there were orphan trains in the US. The research Christina Baker Kline did helped her create totally believable characters in unbelievably harsh conditions. I even enjoyed the jumps between the 1920s/1930s and 2011. Each jump filled in parts of the story. I appreciated the resourcefulness of Molly and Vivian as they managed to survive and even to flourish against the odds. This is going on my "Favourite Reads" list.

Feb 10, 2014
  • Crheneghan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline I enjoyed this fairly straight forward work of historical fiction about two young women born almost 75 years apart, on opposing ends of the twentieth century. Vivian an immigrant from Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland survives the fire that kills most of her family in a tenement in New York and ends up an 8 year old on the orphan train. Molly, part Penobscot Indian is placed in the Foster care system when her father is killed in a car accident. Both have mother's incapable of caring for them. A community service stint brings them together. Each is somewhat outspoken but non judgmental. As they work through the boxes in Vivian's attic, she shares her story which resonates with Molly's own experience, and forms the basis for a school project on portaging and the theme of what one takes with when the life you know is lost and another must begin.

Feb 09, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book, and liked the way that the author was able to contrast between two orphans, one 91 and the other 17.

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