The Home Child

The Home Child

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Synopsis

'Home's not a place, you must believe this, but one who names you and means beloved. '

In 1908, Eliza Showell, twelve years old and newly orphaned, boards a ship that will carry her from the slums of the Black Country to rural Nova Scotia. She will never return to Britain or see her family again.

She is a Home Child, one of thousands of British children sent to Canada to work as indentured farm labourers and domestic servants. In Nova Scotia, Eliza's world becomes a place where ordinary things are transfigured into treasures - a red ribbon, the feel of a foal's mane, the sound of her name on someone else's lips.

With nothing to call her own, the wild beauty of Cape Breton is the only solace Eliza has - until another Home Child, a boy, comes to the farm and changes everything. Inspired by the true story of Liz Berry's great aunt, this spellbinding novel in verse is an exquisite portrait of a girl far from home.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784742683
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Weight: 234g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 144 x 17 mm

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