There is nothing finer than well-written historical fiction -- the kind that blurs the boundaries between present and past, so that you look up hours after you have started reading and wonder for a moment what century you are living in. Orphan Train is just such a story.
It was so easy to be caught up in the characters' lives: seventeen-year-old Molly, a Penobscot Indian foster teen in present day Maine; and Vivian, a wealthy old lady with a past no one really knows. Molly and Vivian are thrown together when Molly has to do community service and ends up at Vivian's house, helping the old lady go through all her memories in the attic. When Vivian's story unfolds, Molly discovers that she has more in common with her friend than she could ever have imagined. Vivian is really Niamh, an Irish immigrant who lost her family in a New York fire and became one of the hundreds of orphaned children boarded onto trains going to the Mid-West in the early part of the 20th century and given to strangers to raise, their fates unknown and rarely traced in historical accounts. The author interviewed six surviving ''orphan train'' children while writing this book, all aged 90 to 100 years old, and their real stories inspired her to create this wonderful, compelling read.
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