Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.64 × 5.53 × 0.82 in
Published: August 1, 2001
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0439988349
ISBN - 13: 9780439988346
From the Publisher
Through the diary of 10-year-old Victoria Cope, we learn about the arrival of ragged Mary Anna, one of the thousands of impoverished British children who were sent to Canada at the beginning of the century. Mary Anna joins the Cope family as a servant and is treated well, but she has to cope with the initial apprehension of the family members and the loss of her brother, Jasper, who was placed with another family. Victoria vows to help Mary Anna find her brother, so they can be a family once again.
From the Jacket
Saturday, May 28, 1897, Bedtime
We went and got our Home Girl. She is very small and shy. Her name is Mary Anna Wilson and she is twelve years old. She looks as though she's ten.
There were just four children on the station platform. Only one of them was a girl. All four wore labels with their names written on them and each of them had a trunk -- a big, wooden one with brass corners.
I could tell Father was displeased about something. "We need someone strong to help my wife," he told the woman waiting with the children. "That girl is nothing but a child. A sickly youngster wouldn't be worth her keep."
The girl has her head ducked down so far we could just see the top of her hat. She could not help but hear every word he spoke.
About the Author
One of Canada''s premier authors, JEAN LITTLE''s previous books include Mama''s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird (CLA Book of the Year and Ruth Schwartz Award-winner), Listen for the Singing (Canada Council Children''s Literature Prize), and Mine for Keeps (Little Brown Canadian Children''s Book Award). She received the Vicky Metcalf Award in 1974 for her body of work. Jean lives near Guelph, Ontario.