Thanks to @SheReads BookClub I received a copy of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.   Molly, a troubled teen, uncovers an older woman, Vivan's, past while completing her community service hours.   But this story is more unique because the background is the real life time in history when orphans were taken on trains to be distributed to new families. . . many times as indentured servants.   I could not put this book down!

Thanks to @SheReads BookClub I received a copy of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Molly, a troubled teen, uncovers an older woman, Vivan's, past while completing her community service hours. But this story is more unique because the background is the real life time in history when orphans were taken on trains to be distributed to new families. . . many times as indentured servants. I could not put this book down!

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Orphan Train, a historical fiction novel by Christina Baker Kline. I loved it.

Orphan Train, a historical fiction novel by Christina Baker Kline. I loved it.

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Orphan Train Riders stopped in Jamestown

Orphan Train Riders stopped in Jamestown

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Since many families did not want to take more than one child, some brothers and sisters riding on the Orphan Trains during the late 1800s and early 1900s had to be separated. When this happened, the organizations placing the children tried to keep siblings in the same area. This segment from the West by Orphan Train documentary includes archival photographs, historical re-enactments, a first-person account from Orphan Train rider Stanley Cornell, and an interview with Amanda Wahlmeier, fo...

Since many families did not want to take more than one child, some brothers and sisters riding on the Orphan Trains during the late 1800s and early 1900s had to be separated. When this happened, the organizations placing the children tried to keep siblings in the same area. This segment from the West by Orphan Train documentary includes archival photographs, historical re-enactments, a first-person account from Orphan Train rider Stanley Cornell, and an interview with Amanda Wahlmeier, fo...

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Map of where Orphan Train Children where distributed. Mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

Map of where Orphan Train Children where distributed. Mostly in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri.

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The Orphan Trains information from PBS American Experience.

The Orphan Trains information from PBS American Experience.

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Orphan trains in United States in 1850s to 1929 relocated 100,000 orphans....

Orphan trains in United States in 1850s to 1929 relocated 100,000 orphans....

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Orphan Train. These children truly were victims - lost parents, heritage, sold to the highest bidder across the states.

Orphan Train. These children truly were victims - lost parents, heritage, sold to the highest bidder across the states.

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National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas.

National Orphan Train Museum in Concordia, Kansas.

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Map of United States showing number of orphan train riders in 1853-1910.

Map of United States showing number of orphan train riders in 1853-1910.

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