Orphan Train Girl

Orphan Train Girl

By:  Christina Baker Kline

ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL is the young reader’s edition of the 2013 adult bestseller from Christina Baker Kline.  Sixth-grader Molly is assigned to help an elderly woman, Vivian, clean out her attic.  She must perform this community service for stealing a battered paperback from the public library.  At first glance, it would seem as if Vivian and Molly have little in common.  However, as they work side by side to clear the attic, they discover similarities in their childhood.  Molly is in the foster care system and has lived with several families. Vivian came to New York from Ireland in 1929 and after her parents die in a fire, she travels with other orphans on a train bound for the Midwest.  The story, told in the alternating viewpoints of Molly and Vivian, is an effective structure for comparing the past and the present.  This is a heartwarming story about a blossoming inter-generational friendship.  Most readers will learn about a little known time in history.  This successful adaptation will appeal to both children and their parents.

Renee (Parr Library)

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