Home Child

Mass Market Paperback | December 8, 2003

byBarbara Haworth-Attard

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Sadie can't understand why everyone seems to dislike Arthur. It's 1914, and Arthur, 13, has been sent over from England as a Home Child to become the hired help on her family's farm. He seems like a nice boy, but Sadie's father works him to the bone, piling on chore after chore. The children at school tease him because of his accent and his reading talent. But it's Sadie's mother who saves the most spite for Arthur, calling him "boy" and sending him to eat his meals in the corner by himself. Even though she knows her mother would be angry, Sadie forms a clandestine friendship with Arthur. But then Arthur is accused of stealing, and Sadie discovers a family secret that turns her well-ordered world upside-down. Now a near-tragic fire, carelessly started by Sadie, is forcing the entire family to look at Arthur in a whole new way.

A bestseller and CLA Notable Book of the Year in 1997, Home Child is sure to attract a new generation of readers who have enjoyed Flying Geese and Irish Chain. Highlighting a little-known period in our history, when 100,000 Home Children were sent to Canada from Britain, Home Child sensitively and movingly portrays a boy's loss, a girl's coming of age, and a family's attempt to deal with prejudice and shame. Ages 8-12.

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Sadie can't understand why everyone seems to dislike Arthur. It's 1914, and Arthur, 13, has been sent over from England as a Home Child to become the hired help on her family's farm. He seems like a nice boy, but Sadie's father works him to the bone, piling on chore after chore. The children at school tease him because of his accent an...

Barbara Haworth-Attard is the acclaimed author of eight other children's books, including her most recent, Theories of Relativity, and Flying Geese, which was nominated for the Silver Birch Award and the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. Barbara's other books include Love-Lies-Bleeding, Dark of the Moon and TruthSinger. She lives w...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7 × 4.75 × 0.36 inPublished:December 8, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006393128

ISBN - 13:9780006393122

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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