I received this book from She Reads in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was a book that took me by surprise.
Did you know that between 1854 and 1929 there was an actual orphan train? The train transported orphans to towns in the US, stopping to try to adopt out the kids. Adopting out became, in many cases, indentured servitude.
Orphan Train tells two intermingled stories. One story is of Molly, who is struggling in foster care, rebelling, and not able to fit in. When Molly gets in trouble for stealing Jane Eyre from the local library, she has to complete community service hours. Molly’s hours can be completed by helping Vivian, an older woman who needs to clean out her attic.
As Molly helps Vivian clean out the attic, Vivian’s story comes into light. Vivian was an orphan on an orphan train and bounced around from “home” (if you can call indentured servitude “home”) to home, experiencing some troubling situations.
Orphan Train was a captivating book and made me immediately want to research the real orphan trains. Thankfully, Christina Baker Kline included some information and pictures in the back of the book, so I had a little bit of a head start on my research.
I greatly enjoyed Orphan Train and love that it made me aware of a time in history that I had no idea existed. I would definitely pick up another book by Christina Baker Kline.
Have you ever heard of the real orphan train???