Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: 8 out of 10

Plot: Molly is a foster child who finds herself in trouble after attempting to steal a library book.  She agrees to help Vivian, a wealthy elderly lady clean her attic as community service.  Molly soon learns that she has much in common with Vivian, who lost her family as a child and was sent west on so-called orphan trains.  Vivian experiences a variety of homes, and is exploited and abused, but ultimately finds herself in a caring, stable family.

Opinion: I had a hard time getting into this book at first.  It alternates between the present day point of view of Molly to the 1920s/1930s point of view of Vivian.  Once I got used to the alternating points of view, I began to really get into this book and enjoyed it. I was a little disappointed with the ending, which I thought was cheesy and cliche, but the ending didn’t take too much away from my overall experience with this book.

Next book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


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