Overview

Short-listed for the 1999 Silver Birch Award

Eleven-year-old Ellen finds herself wrongly accused of stealing while selling flowers on the Liverpool docks. In her escape she becomes a stowaway aboard a steamship bound for Canada, an unwilling member of a band of orphans headed for new families on the Prairies. Adopted by the Aitkens, a family on a Manitoba homestead, she soon lands herself at the centre of a number of calamities, unexpectedly ...

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The Accidental Orphan

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Overview

Short-listed for the 1999 Silver Birch Award

Eleven-year-old Ellen finds herself wrongly accused of stealing while selling flowers on the Liverpool docks. In her escape she becomes a stowaway aboard a steamship bound for Canada, an unwilling member of a band of orphans headed for new families on the Prairies. Adopted by the Aitkens, a family on a Manitoba homestead, she soon lands herself at the centre of a number of calamities, unexpectedly learning about rural life in the New World and the value of family ties, both those forged in blood and those forged in trust.

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Editorial Reviews

Focus on Adoption
"Written for the eight to 12-year-old audience, Horne's novel vividly portrays Canadian life in the late 1800s."
— Sheryl Salloum
The Edmonton Journal
"Horne paints a very credible picture of homestead life in the 1880s in rural Manitoba, its one-room schools, the flurry of activity at threshing time, the battles with blizzards and hailstorms."
— Glen Huser
Focus on Adoption - Sheryl Salloum
Written for the eight to 12-year-old audience, Horne's novel vividly portrays Canadian life in the late 1800s.
The Edmonton Journal - Glen Huser
Horne paints a very credible picture of homestead life in the 1880s in rural Manitoba, its one-room schools, the flurry of activity at threshing time, the battles with blizzards and hailstorms.
From the Publisher

"Written for the eight to 12-year-old audience, Horne's novel vividly portrays Canadian life in the late 1800s."

"Horne paints a very credible picture of homestead life in the 1880s in rural Manitoba, its one-room schools, the flurry of activity at threshing time, the battles with blizzards and hailstorms."

"... a detailed and interesting picture of life on an 1880s prairie farm."

"Horne writes a suspenseful novel."

"The characters are well drawn, the feelings of despair, abandonment, hope, and joy realistically portrayed."

Quill and Quire - Barbara Greenwood
... a detailed and interesting picture of life on an 1880s prairie farm.
Books in Review - Gernot R. Wieland
Horne writes a suspenseful novel.

The characters are well drawn, the feelings of despair, abandonment, hope, and joy realistically portrayed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554886258
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Constance Horne is the author of numerous books. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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