I just finished "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. It was the Fox Cities Read this year, and although I missed her talk during the Fox Cities Book Festival (www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org), I could tell why this story was chosen.
It was a compelling story of a new immigrant child semi-orphaned and sent to the west on an orphan train. There weren't enough details on the train, except for Dutchy, who we get to love again and again.
The book had a dual POV style, set in the past to show the orphan adventure against a modern day foster teen. I didn't much care about one in the beginning, but it became important in the end and worth sticking through it.
The beginning half of this book is extremely promising and engaging, and may propel readers to the end, which is satisfying in a way that makes you glad to shut the pages of the book.