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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 ninety-seven years old, Winnifred Ellis knows she doesn’t have much time left, and it is almost a relief
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Carolyn
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Genevieve Graham writes important and absorbing historical novels, based on well researched Canadian past events. I have been informed and entertained by factual events described in her four previous books. During my 12 years of school in Nova Scotia, history lessons involved early world explorers, British history emphasizing past kings and queens, and much Ancient Greek and Roman history. Canadian history was barely mentioned, and we mistakingly thought it dull.

Graham’s past books were based
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Erin Clemence
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: March 3, 2020

I have read a lot of books similar to this one as of late, and although I expected much of the same predictable yet powerful tear jerking drama, I got so much more.

Winnie is one of many children sent from London, England to Canada during the Second World War, seeking a better life. These “forgotten home children
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Kerrin Parris
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham based upon the author’s research of British Home children, who were sent to Canada with the promise of a better life. They are trusting, innocent and vulnerable. Upon arrival in Canada, they were treated as indentured servants on farms. These young children were despised by both the English and Canadians for no apparent reason. The cruelty that was inflicted on them was appalling. It is hard to imagine that less than 100 years ago, children were still ...more
Eileen
Oh my goodness, all the stars on this one! Not only have I never heard of the British Home Children, but this is my first book by this author and she can write! The research she must have done to bring this story to fruition was quite thorough and she explains a little bit about her search at the end. While this story is fictional, many of the events in this story probably happened in one form or another to real British Home Children and Genvieve does an amazing job at bringing their stories to ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ehbooklover
4.5 STARS - In her latest book, Canadian author Genevieve Graham weaves historical facts from a darker part of Canadian/British history with a touching and engaging story that follows a small group of children who were some of the 100,000+ British children shipped to Canada between 1869 and 1948 with the expectation that they'd receive a better life. Sadly, a large majority of this vulnerable group suffered through vastly different experiences than the idyllic Canadian families/jobs they had ...more
IJ
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Net Galley for giving me an opportunity to read this ARC.
Get your Kleenex out, you are going to need them.
I'm always happy to read about historical facts about the Country to the north of me.. Canada.
This will certainly open your eyes up to some tragic happenings in both England and Canada and how their most precious gifts were treated.
As I get older I often think about writing a book about all of the tragedy's that happened in my life, I believe that Winnifred just about sums it up for
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Armando Lucas Correa

“If there’s one thing that defines the narrative of The Forgotten Home Child, it’s the essence of the past. Identity doesn’t conform to one piece. Without a past, there is no identity. Genevieve Graham captures the reader’s attention from the beginning like an exquisite trip to the core.“
Kelly Long
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, arcs, netgalley
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, this book is full of sadness but very much worth reading. I had never heard of the British Home Children before reading this book but the summary intrigued me. This is an excellent historical fiction novel told from a couple perspectives. It is very well written. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction books.
LibraryCin
When Winny is young, she finds herself in the streets of London and finds friends in Mary, Jack, Cecil and Edward. They are caught stealing one day and are taken to an orphanage. From there, they eventually are sent to Canada, where they will be sent out to families and should have a better life. They are split up, but vow to find each other again.

Apparently, between the mid-1800s and up to 1948(?) over 100,000 children – the British Home Children – were sent to Canada. Sadly, for the majority
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☕️Kimberly
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, heartbreaking, historically based story. Full RTC.
Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

1936 London: Fifteen-year-old Winny has never known a real home. After running away from an abusive stepfather, she falls in with Mary and Jack. Their ragtag group of friends are caught stealing food. Winny learns she will soon join other boys and girls in a faraway place called Canada, where families and better lives await them. Present day, Winny recalls her life and shares all with her grandchildren.

Based on the true story of the British Home
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Diane Merritt
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a heart wrenching book. Knowing this actually happened is sad. Touches your heart and makes you think of this book and the home children after you are done. Great read!


Thanks to the publisher and net galley for an early release of this book
Jennifer
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books like The Forgotten Home Child remind me of exactly why I love historical fiction. Well-written historical fiction novels sweep me away with a powerful story and teach me about a time or place or perspective in history that I may not have otherwise known. The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham does exactly this.

This is the story of the British Home Children, a child relocation program where approximately 100 000 children were shipped from the United Kingdom to Canada, Australia, New
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Jeanne
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winny leaves home at 11 due to an abusive situation to live on the London streets. She hooks up with siblings, Jack and Mary Miller, and two other brothers, Edward and Cecil. The kids are picked up for stealing and the boys are separated from the girls and sent to orphanages and then to a home. When the girls are 15 they are shipped to Canada to be part of the Home Children Program. On the ship they are reunited with the boys but when they get to Canada they are separated again and they vow to ...more
Andrea Pole
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham is the heartbreaking story of the British Home Children, and is inspired by the historically accurate plight of destitute children who were sent to Canada from England in the 1930s, where they became virtual slaves to their Canadian 'masters'. This is a part of Canadian history of which I was shamefully unaware, and thank you to Ms Graham for shining a light on events that should never be forgotten.

Alternating between 1936 and 2018, we learn the story
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James Fisher
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
Just an excellent example of how historical fictional can entertain and inform. I never knew about the British Home Children, and now thanks to Ms. Graham's in-depth research and contact with Home Children relatives, we come away from her book not only with heightened understanding but also keenly aware of yet another shameful chapter in Canadian history. Interview with Ms. Graham here: bit.ly/GenevieveGrahamInterview
Lori Oschefski
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Home Child is a poignant, edgy and skillfully written portrayal of a Home Child's experience that typified so many. The absence of any sugar coating makes this story come to life and brings a level of reality that is often lacking - an emotional journey well worth reading.
Marjorie DeLuca
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming yet heart wrenching novel deals with a little-known chapter in Canadian history—the shocking treatment received by a large number of British Home Children at the hands of those Canadians who paid UK authorities to employ these unwanted children, using them as indentured servants, slaves and in many cases, treating them worse than the animals they tended.
Genevieve Graham interviewed survivors of these Home Children and unearthed a painful chapter of suffering that lasted from
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Nan Williams
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
This was yet another novel based on true accounts of taking waifs and orphans off the streets and out of the slums to send them to farm country where they could not only be of service, but also have clean air and a good life. The origin of this practice was based in goodness and to solve problems on both sides. The homeless children needed a good home and caring foster parents. The struggling farmers in all these desolate areas needed free labor.

Like so many other good ideas, founded in
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Dorothea
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book from Simon & Schuster through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you to Genevieve Graham, Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

This storyline was FASCINATING!! I had NEVER heard anything about the British Home Children and the transfer of "destitute and orphan" children from Great Britain to the Commonwealth countries occurred for almost 100 years. I think,
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Patty
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for the advance copy of this book.

Based on the true story about the British Home Children, The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham tells of how the UK shipped children to Canada from homes that had rescued the children that were either destitute, from families that were dysfunctional, or suffered a tragedy such that they fell on hard times forcing them to surrender the children to these homes. Many still had families, and when some
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Brenda
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sept. 28 is British Home Child Day in Canada. A day to mark the overwhelming tragedy most of the 100,000 - 130,000 children who arrived in Canada between 1869 and 1948 experienced. That Genevieve Graham has chosen to bring to light another hidden dark spot to the light is both heroic and unsettling.

The fictionalized story of child Winny and her friends Mary, Jack, Edward and Cecil who survive on the streets of London England and end up in Ontario Canada. The ignorance and brutality of their
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Nicole Laverdure
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking novel!

Genevieve Graham always writes historical novels that leave us memories that aren't easily forgotten because of the sadness that they leave us with. This Canadian writer delivers another rich and poignant novel, which is part of the forgotten history. I read his previous four books, but this one is really filled with strong emotions and sadness! The story 'The Forgotten Home Child' is based on the true story of the British Home Children. The author really captured the
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Linda
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I feel bad admitting that I know very little Canadian history, even growing up less than 100 miles from the U.S./Canadian border. This wonderful novel sheds light on an interesting and heart breaking period of that history: the importing of street children from England to Canada. The author treats this frequently horrible episode with compassion and empathy. Her characters are so well developed that their suffering becomes the reader's pain. She covers a multitude of issues (loneliness, abuse, ...more
Tena Bremmer
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a book takes a hold of me and drags me under it's spell. This book did that! There Forgotten Home Child is a book that makes me realize what a blessed life I had as a child. No one really knows what kind of life a child lives at home, for Charlotte she was one of the lucky ones but for Winny, Mary, Jack, Edward, Cecil and Quinn, they weren't so lucky. I could never put a child or any human being through the abuse they dealt with! I was lucky enough to be able to read this on ...more
Judy
The Forgotten Home Child left me in tears. I'd never heard of Home Children before I requested this book. Reading it sent me to the internet several times to find out more. It is definitely a must read for every high school student in both Canada and the United States. It reminds me of the Orphan Train set in the United States. I can see comparing and contrasting the two books as a classroom project. If I were Canadian I would be researching to see if I had a Home Child ancestor. This would make ...more
Mike
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would first like to thank Net Galley for my advanced copy of The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I will say I will now read more. I am a historical fiction fan and this book did not disappoint. The book is about displaced children from the British Home Children in England that were placed in Canada during the early l920/30’s. The author takes you through their highs and lows from first in England and their lifes after being ...more
Melanie
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart wrenching, hopeful, beautifully written. My heart broke for the main characters and what they endured throughout their lives.
I found the ending a little rushed and neatly tied up, however, it’s understandable as the main plot has already been told.
Curious to know how Edward’s life turned out after the war... maybe for another story
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Kacie
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the saddest book I've read in awhile. I'm glad I read it.

Did you know an estimated 100,000 - 120,000 children were trafficked from England to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and elsewhere from around the 1860s-1948? And that 4 million Canadians today -- 12% of the population -- are estimated to descend from these kids?

A historical fiction, The Forgotten Home Child takes place during the mid-1930s (so, Depression-era) starting in London, England and then shifting to Ontario. Though the
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Janet
I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

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—
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