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Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020

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My Grammie, who was born in 1908, was one of the British Home Children, sent to Canada as an indentured servant at the age of 16. She grew up in the Fazakerley Cottage Homes in Liverpool because her family could not afford a medical treatment that she needed. She arrived in Nova Scotia in 1925.

I am grateful to Genevieve Graham for writing this book.

Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020

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Forgotten Home Child is a Canadian version of the American Orphan Train & shines a light on a little known fact of Canadian history. Poor children, from the streets of London, some of whom were true orphans and some who werent were transported to Canada to work on farms. Some were adopted and treated like family others were treated like hired help or indentured servants and others suffered horrible abuse (warning - some of the abuse is hard to stomach)

Well written with an informative preface and afterward.

Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020

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I received this book through the mail on Friday, and today, Sunday, I finished reading it. Have a tissue in your hand from page one until the last written words, as you will need it to get through all the sadness, aches and hurts suffered by the Canadian Home Children. Imagine, as a young female, having to sleep with the sheep in a shed and work endless hours for your mistress in Canada. This is Winnies life. Jack and his male friends fare no better, as they are subject to beatings, little food and whippings from their Canadian owner. Their early hard lives in Canada reach into their growing years and I wished so many times I could wave a magic wand and make their lives perfect. Such a wonderful story!

Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021

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The authors passion for the subject was spot on in the sense that it was emotionally charged and made the reader want to turn page after page to find out what was going to happen to this tight knit group of unfortunate unwanted children.

The story makes one truly think about life and the evils that lurk around making potentially good people into selfish people with ugly traits and no morals.

I will definitely recommend this book to all my friends as it’s a book which I won’t forget about in a hurry.

A fantastic read.

Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020

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Rarely am I as touched as I was by this book. A sad, but beautifully written story. This piece of history was unknown to me and I always enjoy learning something new. This is a book you will never forget. I loved it.

Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020

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This is a heartwarming story based on real events. It tells of the relocation of English orphans to Canada. Many of them became indentured servants and were treated poorly by the Canadian families that took them in. Based on true events this is an enjoyable read.

Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020

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So sad to hear about these forgotten children
A great and very insightful read
Everyone should read it
A winner

Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021

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I didn’t realize that in the early 1900’s, street children were rounded up in London, moved into orphanages, and then sold to families in Canada. The receiving families were expected to give them room and board in exchange for light household labor for a limited amount of time and then at 18, release them into Canadian society as productive adults. This book is a fictional account of a small group of friends who endured this journey and supported each other as much as they could. As expected, many were misused and abused. Some weren’t actually orphans, and tried to reconnect with their families in England. The writing is good and the story is touching. Not a light-hearted book, but definitely worth reading.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but true

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2020

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Fascinating insight into how UK sent children in care, to work in Canada. Cruel on both sides of the Atlantic. Sad but true.

Quiet fun inciting words from The Radnor Hills - Sam Aldenhall

5.0 out of 5 stars Canadas Imported Children

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2021

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Excellently written book about experiences of some children in the early 20th century. Some fared well, and some suffered terribly.
My Great Uncle was sent to Canada when he was just 13!

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing account of a piece of Canadian history most know little about.

Reviewed in Canada on March 11, 2020

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I read this book in 3 evenings I could not put it down. Once again Genevieve has taken Canadian History and gave us a small glimpse through two characters eyes of how life as a home child effected over 100,000 children who came here for a better life. I cried so much through this book her ability to connect us to these characters Jack and Winny and their struggles strung my heart along the entire time. A must read and if you have not read any of her other books like Tides of Honour or Promises to keep your missing out.

4.0 out of 5 stars An Important Canadian Story

Reviewed in Canada on August 25, 2020

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I confess that my grandmother and her elder sister were home children, ie. children often livinng in abject poverty and/or neglect, who were sent from Britain to the colonies in an attempt to solve 2 problems: the poverty resulting from the industrialization of Britain and the need for immigrants in Britains colonies. Because of my family connection,, I have read several books on the subject and have been apalled by the abuses of the system, eg. telling parents who had put their children in care temporarily that those children had died--when they had actually been put on ships to populate foreign countries. But every book teaches us something and this novel highlighted, for me, the prejudice Canadians felt for these children. Bad enough that, through no fault of their own, kids were separated from their families--in most cases, forever. But then to deal with the abuse and scorn they received upon arrival. The book is a good read; not only for those of us touched personally by the Home Children, but for all of us--if for no other reason to understand how governments, in an attempt to solve one problem, can often create a bigger problem.

5.0 out of 5 stars a blot on Canadian history

Reviewed in Canada on July 9, 2020

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I was drawn to read this book as I recently discovered through a relative who has done genealogy family research, that two of my ancestors were Home Children brought to Canada from England in 1886. The boys were only 7 and 11. I researched the history of this abomination of bringing children to Canada (and other countries) as slaves. I discovered heartbreaking accounts that took place all across Canada from approximately 1869 to 1948. I wrote a letter to our then Minister of Immigration stating my belief that our government should be apologizing and making restitution where possible to the thousands of victims or their families for Canadas role in this crime. The reply was that Canada cant be apologizing for everything former governments have done.

Reading this book brought fresh tears for the countless children whose lives were taken deceptively from their families and brought to Canada to be used as servants and farm slaves. Genevieve Graham has given us a masterful account of what has happened to these children by creating a gripping heart-rending story. Bravo, Graham. Your work in writing this book has brought this crime more out into the spotlight. May great good come out of this both for those victims who are still here in Canada and comfort to the descendants of those who have passed on.

Graham has included many helpful references following the story in her book. There is now much more information available online than when I first started my own research. Perhaps we will yet see justice done in Canada for victims and their families, just as their has been in other countries like Australia.

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