The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure

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Overview

Dominic Cantori has a painful secret. He's an orphan, and he doesn't want anyone to know it. One day, while on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families. To avoid answering, Dominic flees from the group and hides in a closet where he falls asleep. When he wakes up, the museum is deserted. Lonely and afraid, he picks up one display telephone after another and talks to the recorded voices of immigrants who tell about their live in faraway places. To Dominic's amazement, an old ...

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Overview

Dominic Cantori has a painful secret. He's an orphan, and he doesn't want anyone to know it. One day, while on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families. To avoid answering, Dominic flees from the group and hides in a closet where he falls asleep. When he wakes up, the museum is deserted. Lonely and afraid, he picks up one display telephone after another and talks to the recorded voices of immigrants who tell about their live in faraway places. To Dominic's amazement, an old Italian immigrant answers him - And before he knows it, he's transported back in time - to Italy in 1908!

During a school trip to Ellis Island, Dominick Avaro, a ten-year-old foster child, travels back in time to 1908 Italy and accompanies two young emigrants to America.

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Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Tracy Babiasz
"Many, many people have walked through these halls feeling frightened and alone. Coming to a new country is like being adopted into a new family." Thus Elvira Woodruff launches a parallel between sailing to a new country and walking into the love of a family. Orphan of Ellis Island chronicles the journeys of Dominic Cantori: one to 1908 Italy and one a personal journey in which a lonely orphan learns what it is like to be part of a family. When he is left behind on a school trip to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, Dominic finds himself transported to a time and place where he feels more alone than ever. With the help of his self-appointed family, he finds that he too can enjoy a family's love. Woodruff's well-researched novel beautifully describes the similarities between an orphan and an immigrant's search for a home. Appealing to younger teenagers, the map, glossary, and pronunciation guide will add to the enjoyment of Dominic's adventure.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Dominic Cantori has spent most of his life in foster care. When a guide asks Dominic's fifth-grade class to talk about their families during a field trip to Ellis Island, the boy is embarrassed because he has no heritage to discuss, and hides in a storage closet where he promptly falls asleep. Waking after the museum is closed, he panics until the prerecorded voice of one of the exhibits soothes him back to sleep. When he wakes again, he finds himself in Italy in 1908. He is befriended by three orphan brothers who are waiting for sponsors to pay their passage to America. Dominic becomes part of their adventures and gains a new sense of family. When one of the brothers dies tragically, Dominic accompanies the other two to America and discovers that the boys may actually be related to him in more than just spirit. He arrives on Ellis Island, first as a new immigrant, and finally as a boy returning from a long journey, or perhaps a dream, that has given him a new sense of himself as well as hope for his future. Easy to read and hard to put down, this convincing novel gives a poignant and believable picture of the lives and motivations of some of this country's immigrants, and of one boy who learns about himself. While the time-travel element and subsequent plot twists occur almost too easily, the characters and situations are too involving to quibble about story construction. An enjoyable and informative tale.Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A colorless adventure through time as an orphan discovers something about his past.

Fifth-grader Dominic is on a class trip to Ellis Island, thinking about how he has outgrown his unfashionable shoes and how different he is from his well-off classmates. A friendless orphan and frequently relocated foster child, Dominic has recently made an embarrassing mistake that makes him eager for the next upheaval. He longs for a family of his own; after he is accidentally locked into the park building, he makes contact with a long-dead relative and travels back to Italy in 1908. There he meets three orphan boys; desperately poor and hungry, two of them eventually make passage to the US on a ship, after illness kills the other. The boys are needy, but Dominic marvels at their sense of family, and it is eventually clear that they are his ancestors. Dominic returns, with precious knowledge of his roots, to a brighter present in the form of a new foster family. Woodruff includes details about the adventure that make it compelling, but the story is drily told and often heavy-handed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470824723
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 3
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elvira Woodruff is the author of many popular novels. Her books have won numerous awards and honors. The hundreds of letters from children that she receives each year keep her excited about writing. She lives in Martin's Creek, Pennsylvania, where she keeps a garden that is filled with morning glories.

Lloyd James hails from the Midwest. He received his B.A. in theater from a small liberal-arts college in New Mexico. He acts in the theater when his schedule permits and spends much of his free time working in his garden. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2010

    Good book I would give it a 7.

    The book was great at the begining but during the middle it started to get slow but the end was good!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Great Book for Kids

    I read this book to my third graders every year. It's my favorite chapter book to read to them. Every year, I have fourth graders ask me if we've read The Orphan of Ellis Island yet. The kids love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    THE AWESOMEST!!!!

    I read this book for the first time in sixth grade. I loved it, and I read it in about one day, because I COULD NOT STOP. The plot is very interesting, with one surprise after another, and the ending is just wonderful. We can all relate to it some kind of way, which is one of the best things about it. If you read this book, you will not waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2008

    amazing

    this book was god. i cried after salvador got lost or died or whatever. i'm in twelf grade and this was the first book i ever read cover to cover. that was way back in 6th grade. i just love this story. it was so moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    This book is awesome!

    I read this book in school and it was so great! I liked how Dominic was so brave and didn't give up even in the scary parts of the book. It had a lot of information about immigration which is what we are studying in school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    THE ORPHAN OF ELLIS ISLAND!!!! THE BEST BOOK

    I read this book in 5th grade, becaus e we were learning about ellis insland. So i picked this book to read. I coundn't put it down. There were happy parts that made me laugh and sad parts that made me cry. I really recommed this to whoever.

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    Posted December 14, 2009

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