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PBR Review: This book opens the discussion on a little know practice of the mid 19th century. Many orphaned children were packed into trains and transported to the mid west; where they were put on display for the locals to adopt. Sadly, fam More


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Talking Points: Obviously the foster care system of the 1900s and that of today will come up. Although better, todays system is still flawed. The treatment these children received by the loving families that took them in is another hot talking point, as is the flawed practice that transports the orphans to the mid west. There is plenty to discuss about the relationship between Molly and Vivian, how and why their friendship develops and how each helps the other. Molly is also a case study in abandonment and growing up in Foster care. She is untrusting and hardened.
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PBR Review: After reading this beautifully written story, the meaning of Wyeth’s s painting “Christina’s World” will be forever changed for me. Kline gives the reader an intimate look at the real life muse of Andrew Wyeth; the inspiration fo More


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Talking Points: Members will love discussing Christinas strong character, it is unforgettable. I also think the special relationship she had with Wyeth is very discussable. Christinas early life and her family as well as her relationship with her brother Al will also spark conversation. The book takes a sincere look at living with hardship and sacrifice and the obligation of parents as well as overcoming the challenges of living with an incurable disability.
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