Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

A solid young adult novel that I plowed through it in a weekend. I liked the characters, liked learning about the era of the Orphan Train that carried children (mostly urban immigrants) to families in the Great Lakes region to live or work (sometimes happily, sometimes not so much).  

The similarities/ contrast between characters who had lost their families and their connection to their roots (European, indigenous) trying to find their way in a difficult world is one of the more interesting aspects of the book.

I have mixed feelings, though, about the ending. It wasn’t the plot that fell flat, it was the writing style. It was like the book hit this point, about two chapters before the end, where the author was all like “I really want to be done now”. Before you know it, all the characters, all the plot lines, everything is all wrapped up and a big fat bow is slapped on the top. Book. Done. 

Moving on.