In The Forgotten Home Child, Genevieve Graham has written about an important and true part of Canada’s history. Before reading this book, I had not heard of the British Home Children. Over a hundred thousand extremely poor, British children were sent to Canada between 1869 and 1948 and even though they were classified as orphans, a very small amount actually were. Upon arrival, they became house servants and farm workers and with little to no checks and balances, many were horribly abused and mistreated. I can’t imagine the sadness they must have experienced when their hopes for better lives didn’t come to fruition. In telling this fictional story of true events, the author is bringing a dark part of Canadian history to light and that is exactly why I read historical fiction.
Reasons I liked this book:
Canadian history by a Canadian author.
It’s a story of survival.
The author didn’t shy away from the raw and tragic lives the children suffered once in Canada.
Book Quote: “I am ashamed to tell my story, but now I have no choice. My family deserves a history. As much as I don’t want to talk about my past, I do not want them to wonder, as I always have, about their roots. I am haunted by the truth that I have kept from everyone I know, everyone I love.”
Rating: 5 stars
Similar books you’ll enjoy: Orphan Trail by Christina Baker Kline, No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.