The Forgotten Home Child Pdf is a Historical Fiction Novel By Genevieve Graham. This novel is 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.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.
The Forgotten Home Child Summary
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…
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.
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About Genevieve Graham Author of The Forgotten Home Child Pdf Book
Genevieve Graham Author of The Forgotten Home Child Pdf graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music, worked in advertising, marketing, and fundraising, then became a stay-at-home mom. In 2007, Genevieve decided to try writing a book using everything she’d learned from years of reading, focusing on historical fiction. Upon moving to Nova Scotia, she was suddenly surrounded by Canadian history she knew nothing about. Alarmed by what she’d never learned, she has made it her mission to bring Canadian history to life, writing one book per year. Bluebird, publishing April 2022, will be her 7th novel. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Genevieve Graham is the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, and USA Today bestselling author of several novels, including #1 INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLERS Letters Across the Sea and The Forgotten Home Child—which was #1 across Canada for 11 weeks in 2020, and became the #5 bestselling Canadian fiction novel of 2020.
The Forgotten Home Child pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (March 3, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198212895X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1982128951
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #167,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #563 in Mothers & Children Fiction
- #890 in World War II Historical Fiction (Books)
- #980 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars 1,057 ratings
The Forgotten Home Child Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Grandmother was a British Home Child
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 24, 2022
This book opened my eyes to the struggles my Grandmother must have endured as a young child. I’m glad I read it. It is a powerful book and I recommend it. After finding the Bible given to her by Bernardo’s homes, I requested her records. It is a very sad story — one she never shared with her family. Perhaps it is just as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars “Lost” Children in Canada
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 23, 2021
I didn’t realize that in the early 1900’s, street children were rounded up in London, moved into orphanages, and then sold to families in Canada. The receiving families were expected to give them room and board in exchange for light household labor for a limited amount of time and then at 18, release them into Canadian society as productive adults. This book is a fictional account of a small group of friends who endured this journey and supported each other as much as they could. As expected, many were misused and abused. Some weren’t actually orphans, and tried to reconnect with their families in England. The writing is good and the story is touching. Not a light-hearted book, but definitely worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful heartfelt story!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 23, 2021
I so appreciated this story of orphans in England during the war who were shipped to Canada. Heartbreaking is the telling of how they were unwelcome and rejected as descent human beings. The writing was wonderful and engaging and informative. I now know a part of history I hadn’t known before and am grateful! The saddest part is how this attitude and treatment of other people still goes on all over the world!! Why would we ever treat someone the way we would never want to be treated and believe we have that right simply because of our life circumstances of which we had no choice as children!!
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