Orphan Train Girl (Hardcover)

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A book of truth from the 1850s to 1929. The book is written in two story lines: one from the "past" orphan who meets up with the "present" orphan as their paths cross. As each of the stories unravel, they find themselves in a relationship neither one saw coming. Both characters are well-develeoped and you learn about the history and realism of everyday life for many youths from both the past and the present. Both story lines blend together to form a beautifully well-written and well-executed book. I never wanted to put this book down! A great historical fiction for enticing today's youth with history.

— Mrs. Bartuska, 4th grade teacher at Mortensen Elementary in Littleton, CO


This young readers' edition of Christina Baker Kline's #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a twelve-year-old foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman.

Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author's note and archival photos from the orphan train era. This book is especially perfect for mother/daughter reading groups.

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it's her attitude that's the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she's had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly's forced to help an a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary.

But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn't like any of the adults she's encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers.

Soon Molly sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too--an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a so-called "orphan train" to the Midwest with hundreds of other children--and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly's life so hard.

Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian's attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062445940
ISBN-10: 0062445944
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English