The Forgotten Home Child

The Forgotten Home Child

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 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.

Title:The Forgotten Home Child
ISBN:9781982128951
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  • marilyn

    The entire time I was reading The Forgotten Home Child, I could not forget that the events in the fictional story, happened to over 100,000 children during the decades that poverty stricken children w...

  • Debra

    3.5 stars2018Winnifred (Winny), a former Home Child, is ninety-seven years old and when asked by her grandson, Jamie, begins to talk about her life. She has always been ashamed of being a Home Child a...

  • Carolyn

    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 ...

  • Liz

    This book reminded me of Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours. Here, the children were sent from London orphanages to Canada. It’s based on a true story, like these books usually are, of a program ...

  • Vonda

    Wow! This is one of those books that you sit down after you have read it and take a deep breath, it has so enwrapped your soul. I cried, which is a hard thing to make me do. Children who were shipped ...

  • Kerrin Parris

    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 vul...

  • Tina

    This book has touch my heart. It made me cry, and I will never forget this book. I loved it so much I could not put it down. This book is a historical fiction book that is about Home Children which I ...

  • Erin Clemence

    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...

  • DeAnn

    4 heartbreaking and who-knew starsThis one features the popular dual timeline story – modern day and the past. For modern day, we have 97-year-old Winny, and her great-grandson who wants to know mor...

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review. One of my favorite days of the year is when I get to read the new Genevieve Graham historical novel a...