Book Review: Orphan Train

An historical novel set in the early part of the 20th century, Orphan Train is based on the thousands of orphans that were taken by trains from New York City to the midwest to be placed in new families. I had no idea this happened and for that I’m so glad I read the book.

Cutting back and forth between a modern day foster teen and an Irish immigrant orphaned after arriving in America in the 1920’s, it’s terrifying and inspiring and sweet and heartbreaking. It’s a quick and easy read that sticks with you (in a good way, not in the weeping on the floor in the fetal position way!)

– Jen


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