Book Club Kit: Orphan Train

Orphan TrainOrphan Train
By Christina Baker Kline
First Published: 2013
10 copies & Reading Guide

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 by Christina Baker Kline 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.

Reading Guide:
HarperCollins Publishers – Includes Questions for Discussion

Reviews:
Kirkus
Publishers Weekly

On the Web:
NPR
Official Author Website

Route Map of the Orphan Trains: 

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Similar Reads:
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

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