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William Morrow (2013)

Orphan Train

William Morrow (2013)

Orphan Train

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HauntingOnce again Christina Baker Kline leaves me breathless and in tears.My husband was adopted. But what different his story is from this one.I remember his mother telling me when I first met her that she loved him from the beginning more thanIf she gave natural birth to him. Something to do with "She picked him".This book is not only a beautiful novel; but also a history lesson, an emotional tour into the delicate subject of adoption.I also know someone close to me who have given a child up to adoption to improve their chance for a better lifeAnd future. And it can be a very painful experience. It can also be an expression of love at its most pure and selfless form.I have also been a foster care provider and have found out that it can be a wonderful experience and also a terrifyingNightmare.The characters are as usual, charismatic and realistic. This was an emotional journey for me. This is definitely a read I will not soon forget. For Vivian the journeyIs comming to an end. For me, the journey is just beginning. Ms. Baker Kline's book has given me the assurance and hope to begin that journey.5Insightful and Perceptive!A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I was moved by the experiences of both the young girl and the older woman, Vivian. While I read ORPHAN TRAIN, I felt as if I were experiencing an awakening of both women's hearts with the memories that were shared. This book gives insight into the idea that trust can so easily be shattered in people through harsh experiences, and that it takes special people to break through the walls that others put up to protect themselves.I also was touched by the two women, who seemed to be so different on the surface, one youthful, angry, Goth, loud and bitter, and the other, elderly, elegant, quiet, thoughtful, and perceptive, both coming together and discovering a thread that held them together.When Vivian met her daughter, there was closure for me. The last lines felt good, and yet gave the impression that the story would live on. I was glad I read this book. I learned history of the orphan train, which was something I'd never heard of before, which was very insightful. Yet, a more important message that came through for me was that people ought not to judge and rather, learn the whole story when it comes to people we don't understand. We need to know that in these days, there are children much like those from the orphan train, who need others to help them through their messed up lives. This was a wonderful story with a wonderful message.5Sad and InterestingFor 75 yrs mid 19th century through the depression the City of New York came up with the idea to put homeless children/orphans on trains headed out to the MidWest to be adopted by families. Orphan Train is based on this hisory and it's about a ficticious little girl who was put on the orphan train and what heppened to her. It really starts when she is an elderly lady and hires a teen-aged foster child to hep her clean her attic where all of these meories come out when they go through all her stuff. It is realistic and makes you wonder about all those kids - makes you think about how it would feel to live in a house where everyone is family but you and knowing that you have no family left. Most of these kids were taken to use as laborers and not even sent to school. The people taking them were not checked out at all and no follow up was done unless they wanted to give the child back. They would stop the train in various towns and line the kids up to be checked out by the people in the town who were interested in them. A little paperwork was done and they were taken. If all the children weren't chosen they went on to the next town and did the same process.4I noticed all the good reviews and publicity surrounding ORPHAN TRAIN when the book ...I noticed all the good reviews and publicity surrounding ORPHAN TRAIN when the book was first published a few years ago. I had ORPHAN TRAIN on my To Be Read list but never got around to reading the novel. I knew the book was based on true stories of children shipped across America in the early part of the last century. When I saw the book was available for review, I signed up pronto, wondering why the publisher was sending it on tour again years later.I learned on the very first page entitled Dear Reader that Christina Baker Kline decided to revamp the book (or a certain situation in the book) slightly due to reader feedback. As she says, she would have the chance to fix small errors, update factual information, clarify and sharpen the language in places, and most important add a scene that I ve long regretted not including. Ms. Kline even mentioned Hemingway s Iceberg Theory in her letter to the reader.The book was definitely a could not put down experience for me. I read it over the course of three days only because I had events to attend over a weekend or I probably would have finished it half that time.ORPHAN TRAIN was a mix of favorite childhood books of mine such as ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, HEIDI, and UNDERSTOOD BETSY, and Ms. Kline used the L.M. Montgomery Anne book in her story. Niamh (pronounced Neev) was an Irish immigrant girl sent on an orphan train from New York City to Minnesota in the late 1920s. At the same time, the book is the 2011 story of Molly, a high-school teen getting ready to age out of foster care in New England. Niahm, changed to Dorothy and then to Vivian, and Molly meet unexpectedly when Molly is tasked with helping 91-year-old Vivian clean out her attic to get in community service hours for stealing a library book. This situation proved to be cathartic and affirming for both Molly and Vivian.I thought Ms. Kline presented a wonderful story of historical fiction using flashbacks of Vivian s life intertwined with a believable foster child in today s system.At the end of the new version, an author interview and reading group guide are presented, as well as a short history on the orphan trains.ORPHAN TRAIN is now a personal favorite and one of my most highly recommended book I have reviewed.5This historical novel was well written as the author describes ...This historical novel was well written as the author describes the journeys of many orphaned children in New York City that were sent by train to other states for adoption and the horrific processes these children experienced during the earliest adoption runs. This book was an eye opener for me because I didn't know anything about this happening until reading this book. The author also published the names of these children and the families who adopted them in the counties surrounding where I now live. This list provides people with the ability to track their ancestry if they were related to these orphaned children. The story really touched my heart.5Vivian is 91 years old and is an Irish immigrant who became orphaned during the great depression. The lives of both women are chMolly became an orphan following the death of her father and her mother's decent into a world of drugs and alcohol. Her world is a mess as a result of being passed from foster home to foster home and a teenage mistake that results in her being assigned 50 hours of community service. Vivian is 91 years old and is an Irish immigrant who became orphaned during the great depression. The lives of both women are changed forever when they come together as a result the community service project assigned to Molly.It would truly be a shame if I gave this book anything less than a five-stare rating. Books having strong, believable characters are fairly common but it is rare when you read a book that has true depth. As Molly and Vivian reflect on their past, we experience a heart-warming story that depicts the desperation and suffering people faced during the great depression. Will our journey through time with Molly and Vivian end in disaster or will it show the reader once again that clouds do sometimes have a silver lining? Only the reader will know.An excellent read .. I highly recommend this book.5Fun story, Awful storytellingI don't understand all the glowing reviews of this book. The story was enjoyable enough, but the writing was just... Bad. Half of it is written in present tense, which is just annoying, and it's full of lazy cliches. Overall just very cheesy writing, so simple and lacking in nuance that I kept wondering if it was a young adult novel, intentionally written that way. Like I said, the story was entertaining enough, but it bothers me to no end that such a badly written book has gotten such acclaim.2PowerfulThis is the story of two people - Molly (a foster care kid that has been troubled her whole life) and Vivian (a kindly old woman who is looking for some help around the house). Molly gets caught stealing a book from the library and is sentenced to community service hours. Her boyfriend gets her a job helping Vivian clean out her attic. During the clean out, Vivian begins to tell Molly her story of being an orphan on the orphan train in the 1930s. Her entire family was killed in a fire and she was sent on a train to the midwest to be adopted by a family. What ended up happening is she basically became a slave for families who were looking for help. She meets a young boy her age on the train and helps care for a small baby.Her life for a few years is very hard. She finally is adopted by a nice family and marries, has a baby, and has a wonderful life. But she never forgets what happened to her. Molly and Vivian share a common background, and Molly soon finds a deep friendship with Vivian that she has never had with anyone else.This was a fantastic book. I love true stories, and this is a historical fiction story related to the actual orphan trains of the 20s and 30s. Most of those kids who were not babies were taken into families to be laborers, maids, or store workers. They were not adopted to be loved and cared for and they had hard lives. Many ran away or were killed or abused.I highly recommend this book. Check it out.5A great book for an eighth grade girlI am an 8th grade girl who read this book as an independent reading assignment. I loved the book and the messages it leaves.The book begins with Molly, an orphan girl in 2011 living in a foster home. Her foster mother is upset with her but they soon overcome it. Next, we meet Vivian, a nine-year-old Irish girl in the 1930's who goes by Niamh and must board the orphan train. In the present day, Molly and Vivian meet in the present day, when she is 91. Molly needs community service hours because she's been caught stealing a book from the library. Vivian's attic is full of stuff and Molly's job is to help clean it out. This sets the stage for the interweaving of two tales: Vivian's difficult past as an orphan and Molly's present as a foster child. We then see their stories unfold throughout the book.Orphan Train is a wonderful novel filled with comparisons of Molly and Vivian. Vivian's story is the subject of the book, the Orphan Train. She had emigrated from Ireland with her family as a young girl. At age nine her family was killed in a tenement fire. She, along with hundreds of other orphans was put on a train headed to Minnesota where, it was hoped they would find people to adopt them. Both are moved many times from home to home and Vivian, though her troubles are more extreme, relates to Molly and they form a friendship that crosses generations.Vivian was first taken home by a family who only wanted free labor. They would lock the refrigerator, make her sleep in the hallway, and wouldn't let her use the indoor restroom. It went from bad to worse. The next family was extremely poor, with many kids, whom Vivian was expected to take care of. None of the parents worked and the dad would hunt squirrels for the family to eat. All of the children shared a room and the mother was very rude to her. Thanks to her kind teacher at school, who took pity on Vivian, she was rescued and her life began to improve dramatically. Vivian found a happy home and a family that adopted her and gave her the name Vivian, after their daughter who had died. She ends up having a good life.Molly's life is hard but not as hard as Vivian's. Even though her foster parents don't love her and make her eat meat when she is a vegetarian, she isn't treated like slave labor. Learning of Vivian's harsh childhood gives her perspective on her own life and hope for a better future. Throughout the book, the two women bond and learn from each other.This is a great historical fiction novel. The only thing I disliked about this book is that it is based on real events in America's history. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a heart-warming tale.5Story of two orphan girlsAnother book I read a couple of years ago referred to a program in the early years of the twentieth century in New York City in which a group known as the Children s Aid Society sponsored a program in which they sent homeless children from New York to homes in the Mid-West. The idea was that they would find parents there and be better cared for and have a better life than living on the streets of New York. Orphan Train is partly the story of one such child.Actually, it is the story of two orphan girls, one, Vivian, the orphaned Irish immigrant girl from New York who was sent to Minnesota in 1929 and is now, at the age of 91, living in retirement in Spruce Harbor, Maine, and the other, Molly, who is currently a teenager in foster care there in Spruce Harbor.Molly has been rattling around the foster care system for over half her life and has become very rebellious because of the way she has been treated the whole time. She is currently in trouble for stealing a library book (Jane Eyre, her favorite book), and is on the verge of being kicked out of her latest foster home. As punishment for stealing the book, she has been assigned to do fifty hours of community service. Her boyfriend, Jack, has arranged for her to do her hours with his mother s employer, Vivian.While they are supposed to be cleaning out Vivian s attic, they share stories, and over time, Vivian tells Molly the story of her journey. When it looks as if the whole project will fall apart after Jack s mother questions whether Molly has actually done any attic cleaning, Molly decides to interview Vivian for a project she has to do for one of her classes, something they call a portage project, to make the remaining hours she must spend with Vivian more palatable. This is something particularly relevant for when they are cleaning out stored items that are keepsakes of Vivian s life. And when Molly s foster parents accuse her of having stolen a book Vivian has given her (Anne of Green Gables this time do you see a pattern here?), and she decides to leave, she has no place to go but to move in with Vivian.Molly is able to help Vivian find people who she thought were gone from her life forever (even though most of them are already dead) and, in the process, manages to connect her with a present Vivian has been ignoring for years, and in the process, she seems to find herself again as well.5
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