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Orphan Train

A Novel
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."--Publisher's description.
Authors: Kline, Christina Baker, 1964-
Title: Orphan train
a novel
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 278 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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."--Publisher's description.
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ISBN: 9780061950728
0061950726
9780062278296
0062278290
Statement of Responsibility: Christina Baker Kline
Subject Headings: Women Fiction. Orphan trains Fiction. Female friendship Fiction.
Topical Term: Women
Orphan trains
Female friendship
LCCN: 2012027409
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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.

Feb 04, 2014
  • rosenyny rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought the underlying premise of the story is very interesting and worthy of telling--how abandoned children living on the streets of NYC were shipped to the mid-west in an attempt to have them placed with at least minimum shelter and provision. However, I found the writing to be more of Young Adult fiction level. The characters are fairly one dimensional and stereotyped. There are very contrived plot twists that are somewhat annoying and at times seemingly completely out of character. I was hoping for a much more serious read given the subject matter. It's quick read and not terrible but just not deeply satisfying.

Jan 15, 2014
  • FRANCYNE PELCHAR rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Marvelous novel. One of its themes in another period in USA history in which there was commoditization of human beings. (1854-1929) Children from orphanages in NYC were delivered to towns in the midwest to be taken in by families. Some were wanted/ loved. Others were treated like unpaid servants, ill-fed, ill-clad. Another theme of the book is friendship across the generations, the relationship between a 90 year old woman who was an orphan train child and a teenage girl in foster care with a family that while not treating her as badly as some of the orphan train kids were treated, clearly does not love and cherish her.

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