Overall Opinion and Thoughts about Orphan Train

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I personally didn't like the book and i had a hard time following the plot of the story.

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I am a great fan of historical fiction and hisorical novels, and Orphan Train was one of the best books I have ever read. I love books where you are following the life of one character from beginning to end. I always am thrilled when a piece of history gets filled in that before was never there, even if the character herself was fictional.
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The Orphan Train by Christina Baker represents a possible life in the late 1800 and early 1900 for a young orphan. Orphans were shipped west to a "better" life. I'm not sure if social workers are any better now than they were in the past. Yes, they are probably just as overworked but did anyone follow up on the lives of these children that were often sent off to be slave labor for farmers or servants for the well-meaning society ladies, but what was the emotional burdens and scars for these children. I studied American history in college, and this is one event of many that historians did not teach.

The shifting of time between the past and the present held my interest as the author compared Vivian's and Molly's lives. I often compare my college life in the '70s to my niece's experience in the 21st century and find it lacking. Where were the excitement and adventure? The same with Vivian and Molly, which had a life changing experience? Both, but which was the most intense?

This story of strength, second chances, misery, and sorrow will capture the imagination.

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Post by LinaMueller »

Orphan Train shows how resilient children can be. Historical fiction is the best way to learn real history. I really appreciated this book.
Heart! We will forget him!
You an I, tonight!
You may forget the warmth he gave,
I will forget the light.

When you have done, pray tell me
That I my thoughts may dim;
Haste! lest while you're lagging.
I may remember him!

Emily Dickinson

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