Hoping for Home

Hoping for Home

Stories of Arrival

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780545986977
Branch Call Number: J DEA
Characteristics: 242 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Ruhl, Greg

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CatherineG_1 Jan 14, 2017

These are 11 short stories written by Canadian authors about children who immigrated to Canada.
I loved how the stories talked about the hopes and dreams, these families had as they arrived in this new country.
They faced many trials and tribulations including prejudice, hatred and hardships.
Part of the Dear Canada series, these stories are a great introduction to life in early Canada.

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aepearson21
Jan 16, 2016

This was an ok book!! Some of the stories were hard to follow being only short ones!! I liked reading the Dear Canada\Dear America ones better!!

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SAMANTHALEI
May 21, 2013

I 'm sorry to say this, but I don't really like this book. I can only rate this book 3 stars. maybe I am just not the right person for it.

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gabriela10
Dec 05, 2012

these series of books are really good i hope you will pick it up and start reading it. when life hands you a lemon read a good book.

BPLNextBestKids Feb 15, 2012

In this series of stories, we meet children whose families have left their land of birth to settle in Canada in hopes of a better life. Verity Hall and her older sister, Jane, find themselves marooned in Canada when Britain declares war with Germany in 1939. In 1964, Zayd Hassan and his family initially left Pakistan for England. Now they have left England because of racism, hoping that their lives will improve in Canada. Then there's Hattie, who was born and raised by missionary parents in Formosa (now called Taiwan). It's the only place that Hattie has ever known and now, in 1939, her family is forced to leave because war is imminent. Vancouver and Toronto are foreign to Hattie and she wonders if she'll ever fit in. The other stories tell, in diary format, of children whose move to Canada is a major upheaval. Reviewed by BPL volunteer LS

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SPL_Childrens Nov 17, 2011

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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SPL_Childrens Nov 17, 2011

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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