This young readers’ edition of Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel Orphan Train follows a young foster girl who forms an unlikely bond with a ninety-one-year-old woman. Adapted and condensed for a young audience, Orphan Train Girl includes an author’s note and archival photos from the orphan train era. This book is especially perfect for mother/daughter reading groups.

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help an elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. Just another adult to treat her like a troublemaker.

But from the very moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian, a well-off ninety-one-year-old, isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens when Molly responds. Molly soon sees they have more in common than she thought. Vivian was once an orphan, too—an Irish immigrant to New York City who was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children—and she can understand, better than anyone else, the emotional binds that have been making Molly’s life so hard. Together, they not only clear boxes of past mementos from Vivian’s attic, but forge a path of friendship, forgiveness, and new beginnings for their future.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on May 2, 2017 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062445944
ISBN-13: 9780062445940
3 Book Reviews
  • stellaluna
    stellalunaalmost 4 years44 stars
    Wonderful book! It is heartwarming and sad all mixed together at the same time. Really is on books!
    • whiteshadow101
      whiteshadow101over 4 years55 stars
      This book is one of my all time favorite books! This book took me on a emotional roller coaster filled with sadness, joy, and tons more. Thank you for an amazing book that all kids need to read!
      • duncanthedog516
        duncanthedog516about 5 years55 stars
        I read this book over vacation, and I didn't think I would enjoy it. I WAS WRONG! This book was a real page turner with lots of unexpected surprises.