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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

ISBN: 0061950726

Title: Orphan Train

Author: Christina Baker Kline

KDL Description:

Orphan Train is a book set in both the present day and the late 1920’s during the depression era and revolves around the story of two women, Vivian and Molly. The past story focuses on Vivian, an elderly woman who as a child traveled from NYC to Minnesota on one of the infamous “orphan trains” that was used to get orphans out of the cities into the country where they might have a better opportunity at survival. The present day story focuses on Molly, a teenager who has been bounced around in the foster care system and is doing community service in Vivian’s home. During Molly’s visits, the women form an unexpected bond and begin sharing the battles, the fears and sadness that have plagued them from early childhood.”—Tina at KDL’s Grandville branch

Amazon Description:

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 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.