I had heard of the orphan trains before, but I always thought of them strictly as a 19th century Little House on the Prairie thing. Kline's novel takes place in 1929, which, as far as I can tell, is the last year of the orphan trains. Using this year allows Kline to juxtapose and then connect the stories of Vivian, an orphan from 1929, and Molly, a foster child from the present. The story is engaging, although a tad predictable. Kline creates two characters who are memorable. The end felt very rushed, as if Kline had a certain amount of pages to fill and couldn't go any farther. That only subtracted a bit from the book; overall, it was enjoyable.
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kline's juxtaposition and eventually connection of two characters - Vivian, an orphan from 1929 and Molly, a foster child from the 21st century - was clever and interesting. The book was a tad predictable, but that didn't subtract much from the overall enjoyability of the book; I was engaged in the story until the (rather rushed) end.
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