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4.0 out of 5 stars LIVES AT THE JUNCTION
THE ORPHAN TRAIN is one of those books you don't want to end. You want it to continue so you can find out even more about the entwined lives of seventeen year old Molly Ayers, Vivian Daly, as well as Jack and his mother Terry Gallant. Eighty two years earlier an unfortunate set of circumstances had placed a nine year old Vivian on the train that would take her from New...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story..
This book is based on the true story of 200,000 orphaned children transported by train from the East Coast of America to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929.

Many of these children were let down by the 'system' having been settled with many types of people with no back-ground checks for what amounted to slave labour as farm labourers, nannys, cooks, cleaners,...
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIVES AT THE JUNCTION, 11 April 2013
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THE ORPHAN TRAIN is one of those books you don't want to end. You want it to continue so you can find out even more about the entwined lives of seventeen year old Molly Ayers, Vivian Daly, as well as Jack and his mother Terry Gallant. Eighty two years earlier an unfortunate set of circumstances had placed a nine year old Vivian on the train that would take her from New York City of the plains of Minnesota as one of the more than two hundred thousand children transported to new, and not always better, lives via the Orphan Trains.

Now, fate has once again intervened in the lives of both women as at age 91 Vivian meets Molly, the intelligent but somewhat troubled young woman of Indian heritage living with foster parents who appear to be "in it for the money". As part of a community service assignment, Molly begins to assist Vivian in cleaning out her attic, slowly sorting through the mementos that represent the pieces of Vivian's life she has kept hidden for all these years. As they discover the unexpected correlation in their life experiences and Molly and Vivian develop a true affection for each other.

As the story moves back and forth in time between the late 1920's and present day Maine author Christina Baker Kline's novel explores the subjects of love, adversity, resilience, providence, the workings of the child welfare system, deep and hidden secrets, and how the choices we make can resonate through generations.

As you discover more and more about these characters and their lives, you may certainly question some of their behavior and the decisions they made, and while you may not agree with nor understand their actions, these characters stick to your heart like glue and you continue to care about them and wish them well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely unputdownable...... a fantastic read...., 1 Mar 2014
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This book grips the reader from the very beginning. A story of two lives.... one in the present and one in the past. It is beautifully written and the story is absorbing and engaging, it stays with the reader long after the book is finished!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story.., 15 Jan 2014
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This book is based on the true story of 200,000 orphaned children transported by train from the East Coast of America to the Midwest between 1854 and 1929.

Many of these children were let down by the 'system' having been settled with many types of people with no back-ground checks for what amounted to slave labour as farm labourers, nannys, cooks, cleaners, etc. Some were badly treated, malnorished and beaten so much so that they did not survive and the record of their passing went un-noticed. They had no-one to speak for them as they were regarded as less than human even though they were just children, some as young as 2.

The story starts with 17 year old Molly who is convicted of the theft of a book from the local library and is given a community sentence helping 90 year old Vivian, a 'train rider' as these orphaned children were called, clear out her attic. Each memento reminds Vivian of a particular time during her struggle and the re-packing of these items meant she could put them out of her mind for good.

Along the way Molly and Vivian become friends and Molly inadvertantly helps Vivian re-connect with her past in a lovely way.

Nicely told and not too emotional in the telling but disturbing none the less.

Thank you Christina for a well informed read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another shocking event involving children, 10 Jun 2014
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I am well aware of the tragedies that befell unmarried mothers and their babies in Ireland. Plus I have read and watched films about the disgraceful 'exporting' of children from the UK to the Commonwealth countries - however, I had never heard or read about the orphan trains in America. I am, therefore, grateful to the author for highlighting this event. One could argue that the children left in New York would have also suffered in the extreme - but the fact that the Catholic Church organised, without any regard, for the future of their charges, but virtually held 'slave markets' at each rail station the train stopped at in the mid-west - is beyond belief. With no references, no prior background knowledge of the adults who came to pick out a child and take them back to their homes - other than that they attended church (and even that was very poorly checked into) - children were exploited in every way, forced to work long hours for just their board and keep, and the promise they would be sent to school was very often ignores. Some children did benefit by being adopted into good, caring homes, but the majority suffered terribly and had noone to turn to for help.
Well worth reading even if it is a depressing statement on society and its total disregard for children's rights.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly heartbreaking, 8 May 2014
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A real page turner. While appreciating how hard life was for most people in those days, I still find it astounding how cruel we humans can be to one another. Although attitudes have changed greatly for many towards children in general, basic human kindness is still lacking in our society/world, which is a tragedy for all. Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orphan Train, 28 Mar 2014
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I thought this was the same story as a film of the same title that I saw many years ago/ I wa mistkane, but it is certainly the same subject area, and I enjoyed this book very much, perhaps even more so that the film I saw all those years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read!, 22 Mar 2014
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Well researched novel on the little known subject of the "orphan trains" in the U.S and the life of one of the passengers. A connection is made between a 90 year old lady and a delinquent Penobscot Indian girl and their lives are changed for the better. A riveting read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 14 Mar 2014
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Well written and gives an insight into the hard lives of some orphans in the early 19th century. Good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Orphan Train, 6 Mar 2014
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A very good read - hard to believe things like that happened but a real page turner, would thoroughly recommend this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read, 8 April 2014
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I enjoyed this book and found the fact that it is based on accounts of people who were on those orphan trains very interesting. They were basically sold into slavery and no enquiries were made about the adaptors at all - it makes you shudder to think how much suffering there was and its not that long ago. I enjoyed the evolving relationship between the young girl and the old lady and thought it was interesting that both of them had problems which echoed each other's.
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