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No matter what the world throws at her, Gwen Peters rises to the challenge. Feisty, curious, with a flare for the dramatic, she dreams of a life on the stage like her idol E. Pauline Johnson, a Mohawk poet and performer who dazzled Gwen during a stunning performance in a London theatre. When Gwen is orphaned, she seizes the opportunity to become a Home Child and is trained ...more
Paperback, 157 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sumach Press
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Oct 25, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
Gwen is orphaned at a young age and thanks to the quick-thinking of a concerned neighbor she is placed in a decent orphanage. She becomes a "Home Girl" being trained in all practical things needed to run a household. Once she has attained a certain level of capability she is sent to Canada (from England) to be taken in as an employee of a family. She is supposed to be hired help, not a slave. However, her first placement is anything but ideal. Being treated like dirt just because she is an ...more
Received a free copy of this book for review as a former What If? reviewer.

After the death of her father, Gwen Peters leaps at the chance to have the life of adventure and independence she's always dreamed of: she moves to Canada as a Home Child.

Gwen is a fantastic character, being both likeable and flawed. The author's personal connection to the material -- she was inspired by her own grandmother's time as a Home Child -- added a personal, compassionate touch. And the inclusion of actual verses
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From the turn-of-the-century streets of London to a welcoming home in Brantford, Ontario, twelve-year-old Gwen has many adventures along the way. Whether it's stowaways, bears, or a raging forest fire, Gwen rises to the challenge in this exuberant story of bravery and resourcefulness.
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