Promise Song by Linda HolemanPromise Song by Linda Holeman

Promise Song

byLinda Holeman

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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The year is 1900 and orphaned 14-year-old Rosetta and her beloved younger sister Flora sail from England as “home girls.” They are sent to Canada so that they can have a chance at family life. Their dreams are shattered when Flora is adopted, but Rosetta is deemed to be too old. She is to become a farm worker, far from Flora’s new home.

Rosetta’s only dream is to find her sister. But slowly and against her will, she is drawn into the lives of the strange couple with whom she has been placed. It is soon clear to her that their home is full of fear and sorrow.

As her relationship develops with the farmer’s wife, Rosetta learns that true sisterhood can take many forms. The support the two young women offer one another makes each one stronger until they find a way to follow their dreams.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Linda Holeman had always dreamed of becoming an author. Her first writing success came when she was in grade 5. A story she had written was aired on the CBC radio program “Story Broadcast Journal” and she still has a copy of the booklet it was published in. Her career has included stints as a classroom and r...
Title:Promise SongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 7.62 × 5.13 × 0.67 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887763871

ISBN - 13:9780887763878

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Personal Favourite I remember when I was digging through one of our closets for something to kill time, I found this book. I honestly thought it looked like the most boring book because, face it, I was 15. I liked boy stuff. However, when I was older I found the book again and decided to take a look. I have to say that I don't regret it. It is a great book for teenage girls because it has the understanding of knowing what it is like to truly be in a vulnerable situation. It also has a subtle love interest between the heroine, and I think that adds onto a already great book. Linda Holeman is seriously a great writer and I think anyone would agree if they took a shot at reading this.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book is so great! Its shows love,bravery,and couage.I reomend this book to everyone!!!!!
Date published: 2005-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally awesome! this book is a must read, if you like books that make you fell like your actually the caracter you have got to read this one. It's an awesome book!
Date published: 2002-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Hey readers ! This review is to tell people who are in search for a amazing , awesome, page-turner book.This book is GGrreeaat. I wasn't capable of putting it down ! well...all of Linda Holleman's are excellent...If anybody read this book and liked it, you should read the other book riten by Linda holeman called Raspberry House Blues.All these books are very realistic . so i hope you read this book!I give it 5 star that's for sure.I recommended this book to all my friends and they all apreciated it! p.s.please excuse my spelling.thanks.
Date published: 2001-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promise Song It was great book. I displayed many powerful emotions. Especially love, and hope. I liked the fact that Rosetta always tries her best, and that Flora believes in her. If you love books with messages, this is the one for you.
Date published: 2001-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the promise song this book was awesome. from the first page i read, i got me really involved into it,and it got better by the pages. if you are the type that likes happy endings this will be a book for you!
Date published: 2000-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promise Song I loved this book so much, it is now my favourite book! I really love how Rosetta has to live with this terrible family, and Flora is in such a good one. It's just great how the book ends! Bye Fireballs88* P.S. I even read it twice
Date published: 2000-06-09

From Our Editors

Around the turn of the 20th century, many English orphans were sent to live with adoptive families in Canada. 14-year-old Rosetta and her younger sister Flora are among these children, and Promise Song follows them on their journey to a new life. Selected for the 1998 Books for the Teen-Age list by The New York Public Library, this is the tender tale of two sisters who must endure hardships in a new country. Through their struggles they discover the true meaning of sisterhood.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Promise Song:“Holeman’s story has plenty of authentic detail and vivid description … [she] has done an excellent job of bringing this period to life.” — Winnipeg Free PressPraise for Mercy’s Birds:“Eloquent and impacting, Mercy’s story is an engrossing one, charged with emotional depth.” — Booklist“…this novel will engage readers…Rosetta’s pluck and determination make her an admirable heroine, and the story is exciting.”–School Library Journal

Employee Review

A young orphan finds herself on her way to Canada from her home in England to be adopted by a family. She is separated from her sister, and sent to a farm as hired help. She is determined to be reunited with her sister, and you find yourself caught up in her journey to find her.