By Christina Baker Kline
Genre: Historical fiction, young adult
4 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed reading this book. I particularly liked that it highlighted a little known part of history. In the early 1900′s, orphans were taken by train to various cities to find adoptive homes. However, these homes were not at all screened (how different things are today!). Orphans were mostly “adopted” to do labor for their new “parents.”
This novel switches between the present day and the past. Molly is a foster child in the current day who begins helping an older women, Vivian, clean out her attic for community service hours. Vivian is a former orphan train rider, although Molly doesn’t know it. I would’ve liked to have had a little bit more about Molly’s past story. It was a little vague, compared to Vivian’s. However, I thought it was very interesting for the author to compare and contrast “orphans” in the past and current day. If you’re interested in history or adoption, I would recommend this story. It’s a quick read that keeps your interest.