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Orphan Train

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orphan Train
"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: x
Characteristics: 278 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. + 14 p. : ill. (P.S. Insights, interviews& more ...)


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Mar 15, 2015

I enjoyed this book and have recommended it to others,

Jan 14, 2015
  • lbarkema rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A bit clunky in parts, and so obviously fiction with convenient plot points and cliched characters. But it was interesting, and definitely introduced me to a part of American History that I hadn't really heard of before. I also learned briefly, that there was someone from an Orphan Train in my family as well but I don't know details...yet. Now, I'm very intrigued to learn more!

Nov 26, 2014
  • szarnstorff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book. I have read other stories about the orphan train but it made it much more interesting to weave in the story of the girl in foster care in 2011. I loved the ending.

Nov 12, 2014
  • candleabra rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed the book & would have liked to have a conversation with someone about it. I agree that it was an easy read & couldn't put it down. I also agree with kindrabirss's comment about the end of the story being rushed.

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!

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Jun 16, 2014
  • maroon_moose_31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 22, 2013
  • suzee5454 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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