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Aram's Choice

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Silver Birch Express shortlist 2007

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children shortlist, 2007

Golden Oak nominee, 2008

Embark on this gripping adventure!

Aram is like all the boys exiled in Greece. He has survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey and now lives in an orphanage....

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Overview


Silver Birch Express shortlist 2007

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2007

Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children shortlist, 2007

Golden Oak nominee, 2008

Embark on this gripping adventure!

Aram is like all the boys exiled in Greece. He has survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey and now lives in an orphanage. He can never return home. One day Aram learns that he will be one of fifty boys who will start a new life in a country called Canada. What does he know of this distant land? There is snow, lots to eat, and no war. But most important of all, Aram has heard that the

trees are covered in gold. All he will have to do is pluck the gold off the branches and he will have enough money to bring his grandmother out to join him. But first he must get there.

Aram is about to embark on a long adventure. Will he find a land of endless riches, or a place he can finally call home?

  • A great adventure story for boys
  • Illustrations are historically accurate
  • Third title in the New Beginnings series (see below)
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Canada: a land with no war; a land where gold grows on trees; a land with enough food for all. To twelve-year-old Aram, an Armenian exile living in a Greek orphanage, it sounds like an exceptional, perhaps even magical, place. To think, he has the chance to go there, to a place that is sure to be safer for an Armenian youth fast approaching manhood than is his current home. A man named Mr. Melkonian has come to the orphanage to find fifty boys who will move to Canada and receive an education and training at the Georgetown Boys' Farm. At first, Aram resists. It's hard to think of leaving his beloved grandmother so far behind. What will come of her if he is not there to share his food? But Aram is encouraged by his caregivers and his grandmother alike to think of his future. The chance to go to Canada will not come again. This is the story of Aram's exciting journey around the world to safety. Based on the real life experience of Kevork Kevorkian, one of the first Georgetown Boys, this novel is the well-researched account of a forgotten chapter of early twentieth century history. Marsha Skrypuch's Aram is an engaging "everyboy," and readers are sure to be rooting for him from the first page to the very last.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This easy chapter book tells the story of a group of Armenian refugee boys who made the journey from Corfu, Greece, to Georgetown, Canada, after the Armenian genocide in the early 1900s. The story, based on the experiences of one of these boys, describes a trip of sadness, anxiety, and hope from a child's point of view. The actual genocide is briefly and gently explained in a historical note at the end. Realistic color illustrations on most pages, some of them spreads, add authenticity to the narrative. Covering an incident little known in the United States, this work would be of particular interest in areas where Armenian immigrants live, but it could also underline a general discussion of humanitarianism.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781417754199
  • Publisher: Bt Bound
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006

Meet the Author

Marsha Skrypuch is the author of many books for children, including Silver Threads, Enough, The Hunger and Hope's War. Her novel about the Armenian genocide, Nobody's Child, was nominated for the Red Maple Award, the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, the B.C. Stellar Award; and it was listed by Resource Links as a Best Book. Aram's Choice is based on the story of Kevork Kevorkian, one of the original Georgetown Boys - a group of Armenian orphans brought to Georgetown, Ontario, in 1923.

Muriel Wood is acclaimed for the accurate historical detail in her illustrations. She is the illustrator of Apples and Angel Ladders, Scared Sarah, The Olden Days Coat, Anne of Green Gables and Old Bird. Muriel lives in Port Hope, Ontario.

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: On the island of Corfu, Greece


Chapter 2: Mrs. Walker 's Office


Chapter 3: Ghost Ship


Chapter 4: Aram, Box 8


Chapter 5: Disaster!


Chapter 6: Hospital


Chapter 7: On the SS Minnedosa


Chapter 8: Port of Quebec


Chapter 9: Montreal


Chapter 10: Orphan's Gold


Chapter 11: Gone!


Chapter 12: Georgetown Boys' Farm

Aram's travel map


Glossary


Suggested Reading


Index


Biographies


Historical note

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