Promise Song

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byLinda Holeman

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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.

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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 ...

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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...

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...

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Format: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

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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.

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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

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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.