REVIEW: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline


Vivian, age 91, and Molly, age 17 don’t seem to have anything in common. After all, Vivian is a rich widow in the Mount Desert Island setting and Molly is foster child who has been bumped from place to place, without a place to call home.  In a required community service project, Molly helps Vivian literally sort through 91 years of accumulations by working on Vivian’s attic clean-up.  Remarkably, Vivian’s story comes to light in a way that is life-changing for Molly. 

I felt that Kline did an excellent job moving the reader from the present to Vivian’s orphan train rider stories of the past.  Great story and wonderful ending.  Read it and transport yourself on both of their journeys.

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