Home Children in Fiction & Family
One of my recent reads has been The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham.
This is historical fiction, following the journey of a young girl named Winny, in England in 1936. She becomes a ward of Dr. Bernardo’s Home Children Society. Ultimately, Winny is sent to Canada, with hundreds of thousands of other young wards, to an unknown future. Her tale is a one of triumph over harrowing tragedy. Certainly a page turner!
I cried at her heartbreak, was outraged by the injustices she faced, and laughed at her candor and sense of humour. In the end I was encouraged by Winny’s resilience and fortitude.
If you like The Forgotten Home Child you might also like Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate.
Did you know that 12% of Canadians are descended from Home Children?
While researching my own family history using MPL’s fantastic resources, I discovered my own paternal grandfather was a Home Child who was adopted through the Salvation Army!
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