Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan TrainI picked this book up with no idea of what it was about and was very pleasantly surprised within the first few pages. The story toggles back and forth between the modern struggles of Maggie–a somewhat surly fostered teenager–and Vivian–a rich widow who started life as an Irish immigrant and ended up in the midwest due to the “orphan train.” The historical aspect of the orphan trains, run by the Children’s Aid Society, is the most fascinating part of the book, but the interaction between Maggie and Vivian, who meet because of a community service project that Maggie has to do for stealing a book (of all things–a girl after my own heart) is wonderful as well. I give it a “highly recommend;” it’s an easy read and the ending, though a little too neat for believably, is very heartwarming.

Availability:  SMCM, COSMOS, USMAI
Review Submitted by: Kelly Smolinsky
Rating: Highly Recommended

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