Review: Hedy’s Journey by Michelle Bisson

Hedy's Journey by Michelle BissonHedy’s Journey
Michelle Bisson
Illustrated by El Primo Ramon
Capstone Press
Published August 1, 2017

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About Hedy’s Journey
It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the Nazi party is rising. Hedy’s family is no longer safe in their home in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances, sixteen-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey-where she encounters good fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a tragedy-and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave. … Continue reading

Review: Orphan Trains by Rebecca Langston-George

Orphan Trains by Rebecca Langston-GeorgeOrphan Trains
Rebecca Langston-George
Capstone Press
Available August 1, 2016

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From 1853 to 1929, The Children’s Aid Society and other organizations like it placed 250,000 orphaned children with families using trains to deliver the children to new families along railway lines. Sometimes children found loving homes and parents who brought them into their families and treated them as members of their household. The Children’s Aid Society sought to address the overwhelming poverty and difficulties placed on children in large cities whose parents abandoned them or died. It is the predecessor of the modern-day foster care system. Sometimes the children were seen as laborers or servants and treated far differently from a … Continue reading

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