Monday, April 19, 2010

Gwen

Gwen
by Carolyn Pogue
juvenile historical fiction
157 pages
Toronto : Sumach Press, 2009

Gwen is orphaned at a young age and thanks to the quick-thinking of a concerned neighbor she is placed in a decent orphanage. She becomes a "Home Girl" being trained in all practical things needed to run a household. Once she has attained a certain level of capability she is sent to Canada (from England) to be taken in as an employee of a family. She is supposed to be hired help, not a slave. However, her first placement is anything but ideal. Being treated like dirt just because she is an immigrant and fending off inappropriate advances from her employer cause Gwen to flee back to the only safe house she knows of in Canada. After a long trek she finds comfort and people willing to listen to her story. Based on true events, Gwen is a fascinating glimpse into an immigrant orphan's life in the late 19th century.

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