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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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Absolutely loved this book.

I recommend this one to everyone I know. I loved the story and didn't realize that there were actually orphan trains during the war. Wonderful story!

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Orphan Train

I was not sure of this story but after the first few chapters it was gripping and it was lovely to just listen to these fascinating life story's told side by side of a young girl and an old lady. I would love to have known what happened next.

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The Orphan Train

Wow, what an incredible book! Who knew that this really existed back then, such a good story of retelling a part of history.

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Perfect combination of writing and performance.

This is a great book with rich character development. It is performed to perfection as well.

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Touching

Great narration! Story really tugged at my heart and was so rewarding! I loved it!

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Aztec New Mexico Museum

loved it. went to a historical society program in Aztec , New Mexico a few years ago. saw a presentation on the Orphan Train.

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Excellent Read

A must read, would give it 6 stars if I could. Well worth your time and money. The Audible narration is top notch, too.

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A Contrast of Two Lives

of two unlikely people to meet and share the story of their lives. Once you get started it is hard to stop listening, you just want to hear more. . . . great performance!

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I loved this book

This is my first book by this author. I am going to go look at her others!

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Unique, but lacking depth

This book gave an adequate narrative but I found it lacked depth in parts that could have been much more solid and could have gone deeper.