NEW - BeLonging, the sequel to The Street Arab will be launched at a special event at Black Creek Pioneer Village on September 28th, 2014.
Based on a true story, Belonging takes us on the journey of a man, who came to Canada as an indentured British Home Child. He spends his life looking for the elusive love he never received as a child, finding difficulty in establishing and maintaining social contacts and building up a reputation as a loner.
The Street Arab
The Street Arab has been rated 4 out of 5 stars on Kobo.com.
4.5 out of 5 stars by the Ottawa Public Library and 4.8 out of five stars on Goodreads.com!
The author has taken the story of her father, a British Home Child and woven it into world events at the time-the trenches in World War I, life in Scotland after the war, the move to The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and then taken the main character, Robbie, to the farms of Canada. In this way, the story is not just about Robbie, but a melange of many Home child experiences. The preface is written by Jim Brownell, the member of the Ontario parliament who was instrumental in having September 28th declared British Home Child Day in Ontario.
The tale is told from the viewpoint of Robbie as he tries to understand why he is being sent away. The author has done a lot of research and faithfully recreates the mood of the times. The book is very well written: the author graduated from the journalism program in Ryerson.
This is an excellent read and the characters are real and gripping: the reader is left wanting more
The Street Arab pays homage to the children involved in one of Canada’s largest immigration schemes. It is estimated that ten percent of Canadians are British Home Child descendants.