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Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door


Dear Canada: Orphan at My Door
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The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope, Guelph, Ontario, 1897

At the turn of the century, Dr. Thomas Barnardo, sought to give orphaned and abandoned children a second chance in the New World. These children - "Home Children" as they were called - came to work in Canada as farm labourers and domestic servants.

Victoria Cope's family takes in a Home Child, a sad and quiet girl named Mary Anna. Victoria soon discovers that Mary Anna was separated from her younger brother. Victoria vows to help Mary Anna find her brother.

Winner of the Canadian Library Association 2001 Book of the Year for Children. Researched and inspired by real letters and diaries of the time.

Time Line~Home Children,1860's-1930's

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