Orphan Train

Orphan Train

by

Christina Baker Kline

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The Claddagh Cross / Vivian’s Necklace

Like Molly Ayer, Vivian/Niamh has a necklace from her birth family that holds deep sentimental value. As a young girl, Niamh Power’s Gram gave her a claddagh cross necklace. The pewter necklace has two…

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The Three Pewter Charms / Molly’s Charm Necklace

Like Vivian/Niamh, Molly Ayer also has a necklace from her birth family that holds deep sentimental value. Molly’s charm necklace was a birthday gift from her father (Mr. Ayer) for her eighth…

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The Attic / Boxes in the Attic

Vivian’s attic represents the unresolved matter of her past. Throughout Vivian/Niamh’s long life, she has loved and lost many important people. She has experienced many traumatic and difficult events that she has never processed…

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Portaging

As part of her American history class, Molly Ayer learns about the Wabanaki Indian custom of “portaging.” “Portaging” literally refers to carrying a canoe or boat and all its contents from one body of water…

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