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Orphan Train a gripping story about loss, adaptability, and courage. Molly is a rebellious 17-year-old foster child punished to community service for stealing a copy of Jane Eyre. She finds a position cleaning out the attic of Vivian, an elderly woman in their coastal Maine town. They do not know that what brings these two together is the community service project that Molly must perform as punishment for her theft and Vivian’s wish to clean out a lifetime of boxes in her attic. Their unlikely pairing will prove to be a natural. Vivian and Molly have lived different lives, but have comparable ways that will make these two an inseparable pair.

These two orphans from different times, had lived very similar experiences dealing with the foster care system. Vivian and Molly were both abandoned by their mothers, however Molly daughter of a drug addict and an alcoholic. Vivian and her family left Ireland for America. But a fire in their New York apartment leaving Vivian heartbroken and alone. During their time they both had moral support from a special person in their own lives. Molly had Jack, who was her boyfriend, who helped her get to meet Vivian. Also at Vivian’s time she meet a boy named Dutchy, they both had promised to find each other later on in life, in which she ends up marrying.

In addition to their abandonment, they had trouble finding the right family for themselves. Molly has lived in more than a dozen homes, some for only a week. With molly being a 17 year old at this time, she is about to age out of the foster care system. Vivian especially in her time, moving from house to house each facing a different struggle such as: abuse, she’s forced to work without pay, forbidden to attend school and being molested by one of her foster parents. Along with those unfortunate events she also had to change her name from…...

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