The Orphan Rescue

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It is springtime 1937 in the small city of Sosnowiec, Poland. Twelve-year-old Miriam and her young brother, David, are orphans who live with their grandparents. Miriam is devastated to learn that her grandparents can no longer support them and David must go to an orphanage. She decides to rescue him, so that they might become a family again. When Miriam learns that David is being forced to work in a factory, she realizes that rescuing him will not be as easy as she thought. ...
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It is springtime 1937 in the small city of Sosnowiec, Poland. Twelve-year-old Miriam and her young brother, David, are orphans who live with their grandparents. Miriam is devastated to learn that her grandparents can no longer support them and David must go to an orphanage. She decides to rescue him, so that they might become a family again. When Miriam learns that David is being forced to work in a factory, she realizes that rescuing him will not be as easy as she thought.
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CM Magazine
"An endearing feature of The Orphan Rescue is the love the siblings have for each other. It is this love that propels the story and ensures the rescue...The illustrations that are scattered throughout the novel add the perfect tone...A sweet story."
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"Books for this age group that are this heartfelt and emotionally raw are few and far between...While the story is woven using somewhat old-fashioned language, it is not lacklustre in the least, and the traditional styling only makes the story more genuine and heart-wrenching. Reading it actually brought to mind such beautiful classics as Eleanor Estes' The Hundred Dresses...This touching story is definitely worth the effort of hand selling to both boys and girls."
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Sosnowiec is a town in southern Poland, and in 1937, it was home to Miriam and David and their grandparents. Like many countries of that day, Poland was in an economic crisis and much of its population was destitute with little money for clothing, housing, or food. Those who had these things were considered rich. When Miriam's mother and father were living and her grandfather was working as a locksmith they were a part of this group. But when Miriam's father died in a typhus epidemic, she was only seven and David was two. Miriam's mother had to get work at a dressmaking shop, working long hours into the night. Mama sold her jewelry and papa's tools to help pay the rent but still there was not enough money. Finally, Miriam and her family moved in with their grandparents. That is what has brought them here, to the orphanage door, today. Miriam's mother is dead and her grandparents can no longer support the family. They must leave young David here at the orphanage so that he can have proper shelter and food. Miriam must leave school and find a job to help with expenses. But the people at the orphanage do not care about children and Miriam is determined not to leave her brother here. With the help of an unlikely friend, Miriam will rescue her little brother and reunite her family. Her can-do attitude will help young readers to see that even though they are young, they can make a difference in their world. The elements of history about the country of Poland are subtle but interesting. The character of Ben introduces discussions about stereotypes and expectations. This is a story to be read on several levels and would be a good discussion starter in social studies classes. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897187814
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 970,311
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Dublin is a teacher-librarian in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing has won many honors and awards, including the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, and the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Feminist Read for Youth designation.
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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    an eye-opening book

    Twelve-year-old Miriam and her seven-year-old brother David are orphans. They live with their grandparents in Sosnowiec, Poland during the Great Depression in 1937. When the grandparents can no longer take care of them, they make the heartrending decision to place David in a Jewish orphanage and pull Miriam out of school to work in a butcher shop. But Miriam is determined to rescue her brother and bring him home.

    This story is heartbreaking to read, especially knowing that it is based on true events that happened to the author's own cousins. As a mother, my heart ached for Miriam and David, so young and taken advantage of by cruel and greedy men. My sensitive daughter was sad because of the children's desperate situation and my son kept saying, "Mommy, those are bad men", in reference to the orphanage director and the factory owner who forced David to work in a factory. He, too, keenly felt the injustice.


    The second half of the story is adventurous as Miriam teams up with Ben, another orphan, to rescue her brother. Miriam and David's close relationship is beautiful and it is touching to see what Miriam is willing to do to help her brother and her family. My daughter was very happy that it ended on a hopeful note.

    This book gave me the opportunity to explain to my children how fortunate they are in comparison to many children in the world today who are in forced labour or even sold because their families cannot take care of them. However, I made sure that they understood that they not feel guilty for what they have because every child has the right to be loved and taken care of. I wanted them to understand that being aware of world events, both past and present, helps them to see what role they can play as good neighbours in direct relation to the commandment: "Love thy neighbour as yourself."

    This book is a real eye-opener for children. Although sad, it shows the resilience of the human spirit and celebrates the courage and determination of filial love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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