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Orphan Train: A Novel | [Christina Baker Kline]

Orphan Train: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Valeri Pighini San Jose, CA 02-25-15
    Valeri Pighini San Jose, CA 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartwarming"

    What a brilliant story, that unfolds and unwinds, taking us back in time through the eyes of an orphaned child. It is a beautiful story and I'm moved beyond words. The culmination of which envelops what the human spirit is capable of.

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    P DeL 02-25-15
    P DeL 02-25-15
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    "A good read"

    This is a very nice story. Sprinkled with history and conjecture about what this approach to orphan children was like for everyone involved.

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    witts2000 02-24-15
    witts2000 02-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved this story!"

    There are many reasons why I love this book, mostly because it was just a fascinating story of a young girls life. Intriguing and heart breaking at the same time. It also had a few mysteries to figure out. Altogether I really loved it and will recommend it. I would have given it five stars altogether but for me there were a few too many F-words when they flashed back to 2011... Although I know that isn't uncharacteristic of a 17 yr. old girl like Molly, it still bothered me. But that's just me.

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    TONIA PATTON 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Based on true facts"

    I like stories that tell history. Book was good except end seemed rushed. I was wanting more.
    The reading was excellent.

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    Stephanie R. Miguel 02-24-15

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    "Heartwarming"

    This book was an unsuspected treat! A beautiful story of enlightening & honesty! The old adage " Don't judge a book by its cover" rings true in this wonder tail of two women from complete different worlds that find they have more in common than them or anyone else would ever expect! The story of Molly & Vivian will take you to a place of unexpected patience & acceptance! Highly recommend you take a ride on the Orphan Train!

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    pkw 02-24-15
    pkw 02-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart wrenching"

    Narrator was extraordinary! Heart wrenching story! Hard to believe these things happened.
    Listened to this while traveling to and from on train,

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    Penelope P Vogt 02-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    Incredible story! I love Molly and Vivian!!!! Their similar experiences were paralleled and depicted so well. It makes you happy that they found each other.

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    Stephanie 02-20-15
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    "Such an enjoyable story!"

    I loved listening to this while sewing on a frigid winter day. It was a lovely story. I really liked the parallels between the present and the past. The narrator did a nice job with the different voices. I was sad for it to end, left me wanting more!

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    Rachel 02-19-15
    Rachel 02-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "must read"

    was a very good book. I didn't think I would like to listen to a book but it was great

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    KIMBERLY 02-17-15
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    "A healing for the young and the old, is it fate?"

    I loved the story how it moves from the past to the present weaving the lives together of the young and the old. What they share crosses all age barriers.

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