Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (3 of 5 stars)

Orphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

(3 out of 5 stars)

“Loss is not only probable but inevitable.”

Between 1854 and 1929, 200,000 orphaned children from the American east were transported west to be adopted by people there. Orphan Train tries to put a face on the process. It’s a good book well-researched and told. The connection between the modern teen and the aged survivor is crafted to connect that far away time to today.

The development of the protagonists is good, if stereotypical. In fact, all the characters suffer from two-dimensional characters. The various men and people of faith especially suffer from formulaic characterization.

“It was all right. It was enough.”