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.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
©2013 Christina Baker Kline (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
“The narrator of Orphan Train, Jessica Almasy, does an incredible read. Listening to Almasy’s rendition of this book - so vivid and emotional - was as much fun as getting swept away by an Oscar-winning movie.” (Parents.com)
"Absorbing...a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home.... Kline lets us live the characters’ experiences vividly through their skin.... The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale." (Publishers Weekly)
“Kline's vibrant, sophisticated language comes alive with the sparkling talents of narrators Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren. Their finely paced, enthusiastic portrayals of the charming main characters quickly capture the listener.” (AudioFile)
I have enjoyed this book - it took a bit to get into the book - but once you are into it
you will not put it down!
I think the story of how so many came to this country and the ordeals they faced is particularly relevant this year (2016). I thoroughly enjoyed Orphan Train and have highly recommended it to several of my students!
I enjoyed the interrelated story between the two characters, interesting how the author brought the plot together. The bond that existed and continued to grow throughout the storyline between the "old" & "young" characters, held my interest. Enjoyable.
To say I LOVED this book isn't strong enough! I love the underlying message that there is good in each of us. Well written and the narrator was truly incredible!
Life's intriguing parallels.
The Dairy of Mattie Spencer is a good comparison to Orphan Train because both stories were told through reflections/flashbacks of "treasures in the attic."
The characters in Orphan Train were well developed and interesting so it's hard to choose. That said, I would take Molly out to dinner so I could ask where her "orphan train" traveled after meeting and learning so much from Vivian.
All the characters are people I'd enjoy meeting, granted, some just once, but I'd like to meet them in person just the same.
I really enjoyed this book. We read it for book club. Normally, I'm not at all interested in "teen" books but this one was different because we saw Molly mature and grow through her unlikely association with Vivian. Vivian grounded Molly in the book so it didn't seem so teen-ish to me.
What brings Molly and Vivvian together is a great premise. They friendship was the best thing about
Of the book. I like the whole premise and history of the orphan train but the historical inaccuracies about Vivians journey was hard to listen to. I almost stopped listening just before Molly starts to research information on Vivians life. It caught me and I couldn't put it down. Great ending.
I loved this book! Everything about it is great - the story, the narrator, the details (not too many but just enough). I couldn't wait to see how it ended and I loved the ending. even though part of me wanted it to go on forever - to me, that is the sign of a great read and I highly recommend it!
Fairly close to the top. The story itself was fantastic, and the narrator was almost perfect. I just found Molly's voice quite annoying at the beginning (maybe that was the intention?) and I thought the narrator was rushing a bit in the beginning; but she slowed down a little soon enough.
Every scene where Vivian and Molly interact is a favourite. I could envision it clearly. I loved their relationship; I loved that Vivian was a friend and mentor figure to Molly and I would love to see their relationship make it to the silver screen, actually.
There were times that I would agree or comment or shout during particularly visceral parts of the book - this during my daily commute. So I guess that counts as an extreme reaction of sorts.
I wish the book were longer. I loved it, but I'm burning to know what happened next!
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