Orphan Train is by Christina Baker Kline. A wonderful novel about a little known chapter of American history. Between 1854 and 1929 more than 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children were transported from New York to the Midwest to match them up with new families. This novel, which alternates between the past and the present, looks at Molly a troubled teen in a foster home who has been assigned community service for stealing a book from the local library. She will meet her hours helping, Vivian - a widow near ninety, clean out her attic. As they began to work together Molly learns more of Vivian's story. Vivian was a "train-rider" and her story is similar in many ways to Molly's. These two women help each other in ways neither knew they needed help. A masterful told story.
Ratings: 10th grade - 10 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content) - V (violence).