Book Review: The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was recommended to me by my dad’s colleague. She said it was an extraordinary book and after reading it, I must say I agree.

The Orphan Train


Niamh has been separated from her family. She is being taken west on the Orphan Train – a train that transports orphans from the East Coast to the Midwest. She makes new friends but they are all eventually adopted. However, nobody wants a skinny, Irish, nine year-old girl.

Niamh is finally adopted by a woman who is looking for a new seamstress. Due to the Great Depression, Niamh is kicked out of her first home. Niamh, or Dorothy, as they call her, is now looking for a new family. Her foster care agent find her a home with an abusive mother, a no-good father, and their four undernourished children.

For the first time, Dorothy is able to attend school. Her life is getting better until her foster father’s lust for women leads him to rape her. The wife walks in on him committing this heinous act and kicks Dorothy out. Dorothy soon finds herself wondering who she really is and if she will ever find a family to call her own…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Orphan Train


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