Book Review: The Orphan Rescue
Title: The Orphan Rescue
Author: Ann Dublin
This piece is one of historical fiction but it is written for children and pre-teens. To start I will let you know I will be keeping this one on the shelf… it really meant a lot to me.
Ms. Dublin is telling the story of Miriam and her little brother David who live in Poland, in 1937, with their very poor grandparents. Their living situation takes a drastic turn when their grandparents must make a decision to send David to an orphanage and to ask Miriam to quit school to work in a butcher shop.
The story is heartbreaking but takes a turn for the worse when it is discovered that the person running the Jewish orphanage is not such a great guy~ he is actually a cruel man and he makes David and the others work in dangerous and life threatening situations
Miriam, who loves her brother more than anything, will do whatever it takes to get her brother out of this terrible mess.
There are so many lessons to be learned in this novel. First there is historical significance, and then there are world issues, dealing with bullies, poverty and child labor which is still rampant in many parts of the world. It also shows how just one child can make a difference in the world when they stand up for what is right.
I think all children should read this book. I would recommend it for grades 3-6 and it would be so wonderful if it could become a part of school curriculum someday. Wonderful, touching novel. Thanks Ms. Dublin.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*