• 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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