Orphan Train Girl by Christina Baker Kline

Orphan Train Girl

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 si...

Details Orphan Train Girl

TitleOrphan Train Girl
Release DateMay 2nd, 2017
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews Orphan Train Girl

  • Kathy Mathey
    This is what I love about reading ~ still learning after all these years. The topic of "orphan trains" (1854-1929) is my latest historical obsession.
  • Emery
    This is my most favorite book of all time!!!
  • TatM23
    I thought the book was great. I liked how Christina Baker Kline did Vivian's story and Molly's. The book was well written with good word choice and had great descriptions. I recomend this book to people that are tweens and teenagers. Thumb up to Christina!!!!
  • Tyna
    Fetița din trenul orfanilor este o carte profund impresionantă și foarte emoționantă despre supraviețuire și adaptare, despre a nu-ți pierde speranța nici în cele grele momente.Recenzia mea:https://www.delicateseliterare.ro/fet...
  • Shiralea Woodhouse
    I know a lot of people enjoyed Orphan Train a while back, but I never read it (because honestly, I just don't read that much "adult" stuff); so when I saw this version on a book order for teens I had to check it out. I really liked it! I especially loved the historical part and was really surprised to find out the truth about the "orphan trains." I think this would be a great middle school read. One thing that did bother me was the stereotypical ...
  • Eugene
    This is the Young Readers' Edition of Orphan Train. I read the adult version in 2015 and was totally enthralled with it. The author has adapted it for YA readers here, and it too is a most worthy effort. Foster child Molly Ayer is required to do community service after getting into trouble, and she connects with 91 year old Vivian, who needs assistance cleaning out her attic. But really, for Vivian, it's a way to re-view her past life through all...
  • Ava Pratt
    Dorthy (Niamh) and Molly are two girls who have the same issue but they live in different time periods. Dorthy is a Irish 10 year old girl who has just moved to the United States so she is a orphan. Throughout the book she has troubles finding a home. On the other hand, Molly is a girl who is living in present time and is also a orphan, they both have similar stories. Molly has a foster family who works for a 90 year old woman, so Molly has to he...
  • Blue Cypress Books
    My daughter read this in December and really wanted me to read it because she enjoyed it so much. I personally did not particularly but the book simply wasn't geared towards me. But I'll review in the spirit of my girl, so this is an excellent historical novel for an 11 year old.
  • Chris
    Alternating between the experiences of a present day girl in foster care and an orphaned girl during 1929-1930, this well-written novel captures the nuances of both.
  • Ava
    This book had a slow start but I ended up really liking it! I enjoyed the historical sections more than the modern day ones.
  • Leslie Lindsay
    Inspired by the real-life orphan trains that chugged through the countryside in the mid-late 1800s thru 1929, ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL is the Young Reader's Edition of a runaway bestseller from Christina Baker Kline. I really enjoyed the first book and so when I learned a Young Reader's Edition had been adapted, I knew I needed to share it with my girls (ages 10 and 12). Sure, they're old enough to read on their own and we could easily have handed it ov...
  • Jennifer
    Overall, I enjoyed this book, though I did not realize it was an abridged version of a book first published for adults when I picked it up. I would have preferred to read the original version first in order to compare the two.This story tells how the lives of two seemingly very different people happen to intersect. Vivian Daly is a somewhat wealthy, refined elderly woman who Molly assumes has had a relatively easy life and couldn't possibly under...
  • Diane
    Molly is in the foster care system, her father having passed away and her mother being deemed unfit to care for her. She’s not even sure why she steals the book from the library. But she’s caught and it is decided that she will do community service for her mistake.That’s when she meets Vivian, an elderly woman who lives in a mansion. It is Molly’s job to help Vivian clean out and organize everything in Vivian’s attic. Looking at all the...
  • Sarah Crawford
    The book is centered around two people. One is Molly, a young girl who tries to steal an old book from the library and gets busted and Vivian, a woman in her nineties whose attic needs cleaning and whom Molly is assigned to help as a community service project. Molly had been through various orphan homes never really finding one that provided her the love and care she needed. (Note; Molly did not actually leave the library with the book so to say ...
  • Leilani
    Because my mom owns a bookstore, I consistently find advance reader's editions of books, (books that have not yet been published) around my home. I was looking for a book to read, and I saw this book sitting apart from the rest on my counter. I may have never picked it up. It's not very bright or flashy, if I hadn't seen it, but I am very glad I did. Orphan Train Girl tells two stories of two girls, Molly and Vivian. As community service for tryi...
  • Cathy
    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. Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her...
  • T
    A beautiful, quick read.Orphan Train Girl is the story of two young girls in one, their stories interwoven and connected despite the generations separating them. Molly is a foster child who is afraid to trust adults and who is continually misunderstood and assumed to be "trouble". When she "steals" a book from the library, she is required to complete community service to make amends. Her friend's mom suggests helping Vivian, an elderly widow, cle...
  • Erin
    Molly Ayer stole a book from the library. She doesn’t know why she took it; she just did. Now, her foster parents might send her away and her social worker wants her to complete community service. Through the help of her only friend Jack, Molly is assigned to help Mrs. Vivian Daly clean her attic. As Molly and Vivian begin unpacking the attic, Molly learns that Vivian is unpacking her memories. Memories of a childhood without a family; memories...
  • Laura
    This young readers' adaptation of the adult novel Orphan Train tells the story of two young girls. Molly lives with a foster family where she feels unwanted. She is assigned to do community service helping clean 90-year-old Mrs. Daly's attic because Molly stole a paperback book from the library. The attic is full of "junk" representing a lifetime of memories for Mrs. Daly. When Molly is given an assignment in school to interview an older relative...
  • Jonathan Radow
    I believe this book would be appropriate for students starting in 7th grade. It might be hard for some students to become engrossed in the story, as it moves slowly and does not contain much action. I found that in my class, girls have read the book more than boys, but even they often found the book a bit slow. The story contains important lessons about acceptance and second chances, and the importance of reaching out across generations to learn ...
  • Aadhisree Subramanian
    The book “ Orphan Train Girl” really caught my attention . The book started off of in a lagging way but as the story progressed it was very attractive to me . Each page was very unique way and i really enjoyed the way the author wrote the book . Personally , i thought the story was bit blue , Molly Ayer the main character goes around carrying pain and saddens around till she finally meets someone who truly understands her and her feelings bec...
  • Amy
    When Molly Ayers is assigned mandatory community service, she is sure that helping an elderly neighbor tidy her attic will be painfully boring. As they go through the boxes together, Molly, a foster child, discovers that Vivian is an orphan too. In alternating chapters, Molly adjusts to her foster home and its expectations while Vivian reveals her story as an Irish immigrant orphaned by fire and sent to find a new home on the orphan train. This i...
  • Avery
    This was an amazing story covering the past and the present of two orphans. Molly, ( present ) is living with foster parents, Dina and Ralph. She is caught 'stealing' a book from the library and has to serve 20 hours on a service project. Her project is to help 90 year old Vivian clean out her attic. Vivian ( past ) and Molly talk about Vivian's life in America, her journey starting out traveling across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship to Ellis islan...
  • Kelsey Buckley
    Molly is a young foster girl who has had her share of bad times. When she is caught stealing a book from the library, she is forced to complete twenty hours of community service. Her task is to help an elderly lady clean out her attic. As they go through the boxes, they begin to talk and realize that they have more in common than one might expect as Vivian was also an orphan.This story is told in alternating chapters between present-day and Vivia...
  • Cindy Sawyer
    Orphaned, Alone & FrightenedThis was a big part of our history. It isn’t talked about like the great battles that were fought were. Imagine what these poor children had to go through. Uprooted from their homes, everyone & everything that they held dear, tragically & traumatically taken from them. To be grieving and heartbroken headed for who knows where, without anyone to love, hug & reassure them. To land in homes where they were treated like ...
  • Marilyn
    A sweet little YA adapted story about Molly, a young girl in a foster home, and an elderly lady, Vivian, who became a homeless child after sailing to the United States from Ireland with her family who soon perished in a fire. Vivian became an Orphan Train girl along with two hundred and fifty thousand other children who were taken from the east coast to the midwest and farmed out to families between 1854 and 1929. After her long life, Molly meets...
  • Dan Rogers
    Lately I've been reading a lot of historical fiction which is always enjoyable because I learn so much about events which I was have previously had little or no knowledge of. Such was the case with the orphan train children. I vaguely knew the story but would never have been able to explain it to someone else. The author has done this in a very engaging, enjoyable way for me. I love how she interwove the two stories together, one from the present...
  • Sarahlynn
    I had never heard of trains full of immigrant, orphan children heading from east coast cities to Midwestern towns. The young children were indentured to families and expected to work HARD. I read the middle grade version of this adult novel, Orphan Train Girl, along with my 11-year-old daughter. We both enjoyed it and learned lots. - Very quick read. - Jumps back-and-forth between two characters’ stories on two time periods every few pages. - P...
  • Corey
    Book Talk:Molly lives in a foster home...her 3rd actually, in as many years. She just can't seem to fit in or find a forever family. Then she meets Vivian, a very unlikely ally. The 92-year old hires Molly to help her clean out her attic, and to share her life's story. A story that is very similar to Molly's.My ThoughtsBeautiful story. The books weaves the stories of Molly and Vivian perfectly, and I just fell in love with both characters. Perfec...
  • Juni
    Christina Baker Kline is my current favorite author in that she transports the reader to the setting and time period without confusion, and we get to immerse ourselves in the characters' lives and personas without tedious and distracting description -- a rare feat for many authors. I have committed to read all of her novels. In addition to being one of those books that you can't wait to return to the next day, they are well suited for book clubs ...