Orphan Train Girl

Orphan Train Girl

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Presents a young reader's version of a story in which Molly, close to aging out of the foster care system, takes a position helping an elderly woman named Vivian and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps Vivian solve a mystery from her past.

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This young readers’ edition of Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a twelve-year-old foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman.

Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author’s note and archival photos from the orphan train era. This book is especially perfect for mother/daughter reading groups.

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. 

But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers.

Soon Molly sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too—an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a so-called "orphan train" to the Midwest with hundreds of other children—and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly’s life so hard.

Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian’s attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings.



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& Taylor

Ordered to perform community service helping an elderly woman, an embittered foster child is welcomed by her nonagenarian host, who reveals her own past as an orphan while organizing personal mementos. Simultaneous eBook. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062445940
0062445944
Branch Call Number: J FIC Kline
Characteristics: 228 pages

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VictoriaJ_OshLib Jun 13, 2018

Orphan train is a wonderful story. Despite their difference in age, Vivien and Molly develop a friendship through their shared experiences as orphans. The two story lines converge realistically making a heartfelt novel both sad and happy as well as entirely satisfying.

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slhorenstein
Jan 09, 2018

Orphan Train is a quite interesting fictionalized account about orphan resettlement from America's history. The author did an outstanding job conveying the situation these orphans found themselves in, being sent by train from New York City to the country's heartland to live with strangers. Sometimes the strangers were kind, but often not. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into part of our country's not-so-distant past. I highly recommend this book.

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RhodaCampbell
May 05, 2017

I found this book to be a great read. Well written. I think the author did her homework well.
I would recommend this book. It brings to light the history of the Irish immigration to New York from 1854 to 1929 where more than two hundred thousand orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were taken by trains to be adopted or placed with families in the mid west. Many ended up experiencing great trauma and they had no idea where they were going. Some were warmly welcomed by new families and towns. Others were beaten, mistreated, taunted or ignored. It is a good history lessons especially in light of what is going on in the U.S.A. with immigration policies separating families etc.

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