Orphan Train Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Christina Baker Kline
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• Orphan Train is an historical young adult novel by Christina Baker Kline.

• The novel, centering on the friendship between troubled 17-year-old foster kid Molly Ayer and 91-year-old Vivian Daly, explores themes of alienation, love, loss, and the past.

• In a brief prologue narrated by Vivian, she explains that she believes in ghosts, and that the spirits of the past are always around her.

• The main body of the story is related from a third-person omniscient narrator and begins in Spruce Harbor, Maine, in 2011, where Molly lives with foster parents Dina and Ralph.

• As punishment for attempting to steal a book, Molly has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

• Molly talks on the phone with her boyfriend Jack, and it turns out that Jack's mother, a housekeeper, has a client who needs her attic cleaned out and organized; this, Jack says, could count as Molly's community...

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