NEW - Belonging, the sequel to The Street Arab will be launched at a special event at Black Creek Pioneer Village on September 28th, 2014, British Home Child Day in Ontario.
Belonging is the continuation of the story of Robbie, the former British Home Child as he joins the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp and is sent overseas to fight in the Second World War, followed later by Annie who returns to England as a nurse.
The story of their off-again on-again relationship is overshadowed by the intense fighting in Algeria and Italy and the bombing of London. The excitement, fear and battles of the War are recaptured by meticulous research and quick-paced action.
The book finishes in Canada with Robbie as an old man with two generations of descendants to bear witness to his long journey from Scotland to Canada as a British Home Child and then proud Canadian veteran.
The Street Arab is written by the author about the story of her father, a British Home Child and she has woven it into world events at the time-the trenches in the First World War, 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.
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.
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!