Tomorrow, Friday, September 28 is British Home Child Day in Ontario.
Spearheaded by our Vice President, Beth Bruder, Dundurn has published a number of home child history titles.
Most recently, we released Whatever Happened to Mary Janeway? by Mary Pettit, a sequel to Mary Janeway. Mary Janeway, a home child, runs away from her farm placement near Innerkip, Ontario, grows into adulthood, and despite her difficult childhood and tragedies as an adult, ultimately comes to terms with life in Hamilton.
Our next release, coming in January 2013, Marjorie Too Afraid to Cry by Patricia Skidmore. In 1937, 10-year-old Marjorie Arnison was shipped from Britain to Prince of Wales Fairbridge Farm School near Victoria, British Columbia. For years she wouldn’t talk about her past. It wasn’t until daughter Patricia explored archival records and shared them with her mother that a home-child saga emerged.
Our bestselling home child title to date is The Little Immigrants by Kenneth Bagnell. This is an extraordinary but almost forgotten odyssey that the Calgary Herald has called, “One of the finest pieces of Canadian social history ever to be written.” Kenneth Bagnell tells “an affecting tale of Dickensian pathos” (Vancouver Sun) that is “excellent … well organized, logical, clearly written, [and] suspenseful” (The Edmonton Journal).