The Forgotten Home Child

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Publisher Description

The Home for Unwanted Girls meets Orphan Train in this unforgettable novel about a young girl caught in a scheme to rid England’s streets of destitute children, and the lengths she will go to find her way home—based on the true story of the British Home Children.

2018

At ninety-seven years old, Winnifred Ellis knows she doesn’t have much time left, and it is almost a relief to realize that once she is gone, the truth about her shameful past will die with her. But when her great-grandson Jamie, the spitting image of her dear late husband, asks about his family tree, Winnifred can’t lie any longer, even if it means breaking a promise she made so long ago...

1936

Fifteen-year-old Winny has never known a real home. After running away from an abusive stepfather, she falls in with Mary, Jack, and their ragtag group of friends roaming the streets of Liverpool. When the children are caught stealing food, Winny and Mary are left in Dr. Barnardo’s Barkingside Home for Girls, a local home for orphans and forgotten children found in the city’s slums. At Barkingside, Winny learns she will soon join other boys and girls in a faraway place called Canada, where families and better lives await them.

But Winny’s hopes are dashed when she is separated from her friends and sent to live with a family that has no use for another daughter. Instead, they have paid for an indentured servant to work on their farm. Faced with this harsh new reality, Winny clings to the belief that she will someday find her friends again.

Inspired by true events, The Forgotten Home Child is a moving and heartbreaking novel about place, belonging, and family—the one we make for ourselves and its enduring power to draw us home.

GENRE
Romance
RELEASED
2020
March 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
14
MB

Customer Reviews

Grandmother Joyce ,

Phenomenally written piece of historical fiction

The atrocities people visit on each other in the name of ‘helping’ is unbelievable. This amalgamation of multiple experiences drew me in completely. I could not put it down. Why do people have to look down on others because of circumstances, beliefs, etc? This challenges me to try harder to understand circumstances that influence choices made by others.

pumpkinkid715 ,

A dark spot in Canada’s past

I love historical fiction and this book does not disappoint. It is well written and tells of a very important point in Canada’s history. It is well worth your time.

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