Hoping for Home
Stories of ArrivalBook - 2011
In this wonderful new short story anthology, eleven of Canada's top children's authors contribute stories of immigration, displacement and change, exploring the frustration and uncertainty those changes can bring. Told in first-person narratives, this collection features a diverse cast of boys and girls, each one living at a different point in Canada's vast landscape and history.
With unforgettable protagonists - such as Miriam, a Warsaw-ghetto survivor, now reunited with her family in Montreal; Wong Joe-on, a young Chinese immigrant who faces racism in a small Saskatchewan town; and Insy, an Ojibwe girl who makes her first trip to a "white" town in Northern Ontario - young readers will be moved by the opportunities and difficulties that these characters face, as each one ponders what it means to be Canadian, and struggles to fit in.
Hoping for Home includes stories by Jean Little, Kit Pearson, Brian Dowle, Paul Yee, Irene N. Watts, Ruby Slipperjack, Afua Cooper, Rukhsana Khan, Marie-Andrée Clermont, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Shelley Tanaka.
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Dedicated to “all who have forged a home in Canada”, Hoping for Home celebrates the people who have arrived here over the years to make a new home, searching for freedom or for a better life, braving the many challenges of moving to a different country. Eleven short stories, based on history, have been written for this anthology by well-known Canadian children’s authors such as Jean Little, Paul Yee and Kit Pearson.
Readers will meet boys and girls who arrive in various Canadian locations at different times in our history. Some have immigrated with their families, but others are not so lucky. Verity is a war guest from England, sent by her parents to Canada for her own safety during the Blitz of World War II. She is now in Toronto, adjusting to a new school and trying to make new friends. Zayd and his family have left Pakistan in the 1960’s to make a better life in Hamilton. He also is adjusting to a new school and trying to make new friends. Harriet is one of the approximately 100,000 Home Children arriving in Canada in the 19thand early 20 century without their parents. Her new home is in Peterborough. Wong-Joe has just reached Tybalt, Saskatchewan after a long journey across the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia and Alberta. He will be helping his father run his busy makeshift café there. The year is 1921.
Each story is told in the first person, as a letter or an entry in a diary or journal.
Hoping for Home is one of the titles in the popular “Dear Canada” series for girls; however, this book would be enjoyed by both boys and girls.
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