Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Celebrating 4 years of blogging – from the early archives, a review of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. It’s a great way to learn and enjoy a story! What is your favorite genre?

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orphan train picOrphan Train
Christina Baker Kline

3 book marks

I liked this book that parallels the story of a young girl sent west on an orphan train from New York City in 1929 and a present-day Native American teenage girl who has struggled in the modern foster care system. I think Kline does an excellent job showing us how Niamh Power and these destitute orphaned children, both numb and frightened, must have felt as they traveled and met up with their matches, which were often far from perfect. Molly Ayer’s present-day story of a rebellious, Goth girl whose father has died and whose mother is addicted to drugs is somehow less powerful, but provides a necessary structure to the story. Molly meets ninety-one year-old Niamh, now named Vivian, when she is assigned to a community service punishment for stealing a book. The two form a friendship as Molly helps Vivian sort through…

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3 thoughts on “Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

  1. I just returned from the Historical Novel Society’s writers conference in Portland OR, where I was excited to see Christina Baker Kline, the author of Orphan Train, in attendance!

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