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Orphan Train Review ✓ 108 ´ [Reading] ➭ Orphan Train ➵ Christina Baker Kline – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780061950728 found hereThe author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date a captivating story of t This is an alternate cover ediThis is an alternate cover edition of ISBN found hereThe author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship a year old woman with a hidden past as an orphan train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to uestions no one has ever thought to askNearly eighteen Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance Just months from aging out of the child welfare system and close to being kicked out of her foster hom. When I was 16 my Great Aunt Pauline told me the saddest true story I asked her about her background she was of Polish decent in a completely German town in Washington State She told me that when her family came over from Poland her mother had pink eye and was sent back to Poland to try again She was pregnant and when she got back she had a child that was not listed on the papers She put the baby in a suitcase to keep the officials at Ellis Island from finding her and separating her again That baby was Pauline They went out west and her mother died several years later in child birth Pauline remembered being set out on the porch with her younger siblings the babies in a laundry basket and her father standing on the porch as people came by to pick out who they wanted She was older and chosen last and by a couple with a different language and moved to this area she ended up in She said They picked us out as if we were puppies in a basket I am not a puppy in a basket I am crying just remembering the pain in her voice when she told me this She told me she didn't see any of her siblings until she was an adult and that the couple trained her in how to be a good worker What a childhood for one of the sweetest women I ever knew I wish I had recorded her story asked uestions there is never enough time This book told a similar tale and I could not put it down It rang so true Read it

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E a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worseVivian Daly has lived a uiet life on the coast of Maine But in her attic hidden in trunks are vestiges of a turbulent past As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories Molly discovers 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 chanceThe closer Molly grow. I find the orphan trains to be an interestinghorrifying time in our history I thought this book would give me a deeper understanding of what it was like to be a child enslaved by this plan concocted by the Children's Aid Society Instead I found this to be a fluffy shallow story chock full of huge stereotypes Let's see we have the sexually perverted foster dad the Goth girl the upstanding drafted man the 91 year old lady who hoarded her life in the attic Each character was painted with broad strokes that created no space for this reader to wonder or develop compassion The two narratives did not work for me at all Although it was very easy to keep the stories straight neither story was compelling Both story lines were painfully predictable The events which allowed the plot to plod along were often ridiculous Molly modern day character had to do 50 hours of community service for stealing a battered copy of Jane Eyre from the library That's how she met Vivian who needed her attic cleaned out That's how the stories eventually merged All of the characters' personal epiphanies seemed forced Vivian reflects that the people who matter in our lives stay with us haunting us in the grocery store as we turn a corner chat with a friend They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them through our soles Overwrought in my opinionAnother author to cross off my list However she has plenty of fans who will continue to absorb her words right through their soles

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Orphan TrainS to Vivian the she discovers parallels to her own life A Penobscot Indian she too is an outsider being raised by strangers and she too has unanswered uestions about the past As her emotional barriers begin to crumble 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 bothRich in detail and epic in scope Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience of second chances of unexpected friendship and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we a. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a 2013 William Morrow Paperbacks publication I had heard such wonderful things about this book and have wanted to read it for a long time Finally with the decision to push the pause button on so many review copies and float back into reading for pure pleasure I found the time to work this one in the TBR pile This is just one of those really awesome stories that weaves historical details within a contemporary setting and enriches the lives of all who read it The orphan trains were indeed real and Vivien’s experience was certainly plausible I loved Vivien’s voice her courage and the way touched Molly’s life in a way no one ever had before which drew Molly out giving her a role model and inspiration all in one giving her a new lease on life I only had one complaint about her story which can’t be explained here but it was so improbable it affected my star rating While the story is bleak at times and certainly captures the incredibly hard lives orphans were subjected to in the past but it also made a nice parallel with how those who wind up in the system today are eually at risk and suffer some of the same prejudices and abuse being tossed around from place to place used for labor or for money I am so glad Molly met Vivien and enjoyed watching them forge a bond and enrich one another’s lives Molly can be petulant and immature unable to control her words or discipline herself but also has the courage to stand up for herself and refuse to sacrifice her convictions However I think Vivien’s influence will be long reaching and Molly’s maturation is evident by the story’s end By the same token Molly’s influence on Vivien is also profound as the elderly woman finds her whole world is open to new possibilities for the future proving it is never too late to learn something new or try new things and to never give up hope I am also grateful the author chose this topic and period in history informing many of us about the trains something many including myself were unfamiliar with and how she took such a sad and heartbreaking situation and turned it into the ultimate feel good story 4 stars