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The Forgotten Home Child

Written by: Genevieve Graham
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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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 97 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.

©2020 Genevieve Graham (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Cheesy and predictable

this book has a lot of interesting information in it about the british home children in canada. the story could have been so much more. It was so cheesy. and the narrators were very irritating. I struggled to get through it.

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Canadian history lesson

This should be required reading for history class or social studies. It's a great example of what life was like for the average Home Child in Canada. 100,000 child immigrants that historians have never heard of or choose to forget. Great story, great heritage.

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Heartbreaking story

So many of us in Canada have descended from or are related to descendants of British home children. The story drives home the horrible conditions newcomers to Canada faced in the past. It was well written and I will read others from this author.

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  • Jason E Burgher
  • 2020-06-01

very good book

loved thia book so much, the writing and narration were amazing!!!! probably going to read this one again.

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  • Carrie A. Turansky
  • 2020-05-31

History Comes Alive

This is historical fiction at its best, bringing the British Home Child emigration scheme to the forefront. Heart-tugging, realistic, and well written.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-04-13

Great Story

What an amazingly informative story based on true real life history. I never lost interest the whole time. The writer also did not leave any questions unanswered at the end yeah! I hate it when they leave you hanging.
The narrator was amazing as well. She never made me think about her being different voices at all. Some times it is so hard to get through a book because the narrator is so bad or dramatic about having to be the voice of so many characters. This narrator made the whole story flow.

P.S. You will cry.......