Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book humanizes a lesser-known part of American history in how orphans were shipped by train from New York City to the Midwest in hopes of providing them a better life. What happens often falls short of the lofty, good intentions of the orphan train planners. After reading this story, thoughts will linger about how we measure the value of what is lost and what is kept through our lives. See life through the perspective of a rebellious 17-year-old orphan and the ninety-year-old woman with an attic of belongings to catalogue and sort through. The women discover common ground and unexpected friendship.