One Book Read

Orphan TrainOrphan Train


The One Book, One Campus, One Community Read project is a community effort to encourage reading across various groups of people in hopes of helping to eliminate illiteracy in our region. The project encourages the community, area school districts, and colleges to read the same book and come together to discuss it in a variety of settings.

One Book partners join together to plan various events and activities related to the book within the community. The culmination of the One Book project is the author’s visit to West Kentucky Community and Technical College for special presentations about the book, writing, and the importance of reading.

This year’s One Book, One Campus, One Community Read is Orphan Train by New York Times best-selling author, Christina Baker Kline.

Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline, is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Christina Baker KlineABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Baker Kline was born in Cambridge, England, and raised there as well as in the American South and Maine. She is the author of five novels: Orphan Train, Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines, and Sweet Water. She is co-editor, with Anne Burt, of About Face: Women Write about What They See When They Look in the Mirror, and co-author, with Christina L. Baker, of The Conversation Begins: Mothers and Daughters Talk about Living Feminism. She has edited three other anthologies: Child of Mine, Room to Grow, and Always Too Soon. Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011, Kline has also taught literature and creative writing at Yale, NYU, UVA, and Drew University. A graduate of Yale, Cambridge University, and the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoyns Fellow in Fiction Writing, Kline is a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and several research fellowships, and has been a Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Kline lives with her husband and three sons in Montclair, New Jersey. She is at work on another novel and an anthology.

As the finale to the One Book, One Campus, One Community Read of her book Orphan Train, New York Times best-selling author, Christina Baker Kline, will visit the WKCTC campus on March 31 and April 1, 2015.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Opening Reception, 5:30 p.m.
Public Presentation and Q & A, 7:00 p.m.
Book Signing, 8:15 p.m.
Crounse Hall

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
WKCTC Student Presentation,11:00 a.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Theatre

  • McCracken County Public Library
  • McCracken County Schools
  • Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Paducah Public Schools
  • Paducah School of Art & Design
  • Starfish Ministries
  • University of Kentucky Extension Office
  • WKMS Public Radio

Find more information
and reviews for Christina Baker Kline’s book Orphan Train.

Information to come around October 2014.