ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
Orphan Train is a tale of a friendship between an elderly woman and a troubled teenage girl, both orphans, but with very different pasts.
Molly Ayer finds herself, in 2011, just months from aging out of foster care, and struggling to get along in her latest foster home, and as the result of the theft of a library book, she is assigned a community service position helping an
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life, but hidden in trunks in her attic are mementos of a tragic past. Vivian, who, as a young girl, was orphaned in New York City, and put on a train to the
Midwest with hundreds of other children to find new homes.
Molly and Vivian forge an unusual friendship, and discover many things that they have in common, most importantly, that they spent their youth being raised by strangers, often finding themselves in terrible situations, and on the outskirts of society. This is a book about resilience and second chances, and the historical background about the orphan trains shows the reader the many tragedies, as well as the positive outcomes from those years. ~ Katherine