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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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    "A compelling read"

    The stories of two orphans born decades apart . Unlikely friends and allies. It's a tale of the strength and resilience of the human spirit in general and children in particular.
    I liked it and didn't want it to end so soon.

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    "AMAZING! WORTH EVERY SECOND!"
    What about Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

    Narrator was engaging from the first page and having the two made the story even better! Excellent listen!


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    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 05-14-15
    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    I enjoyed listening to Orphan Train. It always amazes me that people endure hardships as described in this book and come out strong but it happens every day. I thought the characters were well developed and as I got to know them they warmed my heart. I recommend this book highly.

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    Just beautiful
    Very real , and a great history story
    I loved the whole story.
    Leaves you wanting more.
    Great listen

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    This is such a great story! I think I felt every emotion. I wanted it to keep telling me their story. So glad I chose it.

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    The storyline was very interesting but not too deep. Everything was on the surface and just seemed as expected. A good beach read.

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    "Excellent! This is a great story!"

    OMG! I was in tears at the end! So very good! Great read, great writing, superb story line. As a mom, I cannot imagine what these kids, women went through and such a full circle ending! Loved every bit!

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    Barbara Knoxville, Tn, United States 05-12-15
    Barbara Knoxville, Tn, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    Absolutely loved this book! I felt like I knew the characters personally and felt every emotion. The readers were spectacular! It made me crave more.

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    "A gripping and sad piece of historical fiction WOW"

    I have always thought of indentured servants as adults until reading this book. What a horrible page from our history that, like me, few know about. The ride on the train must have been terrifying.

    The story is told by a 91 yr. old orphan/indentured servant to a teen in the present foster system. Although today’s system is far from perfect it is nothing like it was back then, although, and unfortunately, there are similarities.

    Once started, I could not stop reading!

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    Celine Zoppelt Davie, Florida 05-10-15
    Celine Zoppelt Davie, Florida 05-10-15 Member Since 2012

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    "My new favorite author"

    This is the first book I've read by Cristina Baker Kline. It will not be my last. What a beautifully written story! Excellent character development and very insightful. I believe Ms. Kline must be a very extraordinary person.

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