Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Orphan Train by 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 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.

My take: 3 looks
This was a very nice story, but I felt a little was lacking. For example, as Molly and Vivian were going through items in the attic, it would have been a nice touch for an item to bring back a memory, and tie the story together that way. Also, the ending twist (I won't spoil it for you), was a bit abrupt and lacking substance. I wanted to know more about the situation, emotions, people involved and see the results a little more clearly.

Overall, this was a nice read, but left me wanting more.

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