My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Orphan Train is set during two time periods. The first is present day United States of America and the second focuses on the period in US history between 1854 and 1929. The historic setting delves into the “orphan train” movement, which transported a reported 200, 000 orphaned or abandoned children sent to the Midwest. Where these children ended up came down to luck. Some were received into loving families but people who wanted a worker rather than a child used others as indentured labour.
Two orphans link the time periods in the book. These two characters are Vivian, a victim of the ‘orphan train’ movement and Molly, a modern-day foster child. Throughout the story, the two build a friendship as Molly encourages Vivian to tell her story and eventually to find answers to some of the unanswered questions of her past.
The reader of this book will experience the gambit of emotions as the past unravels and students who love historic fiction or stories about orphans will really enjoy this book.