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The orphan collector, Ellen Marie Wiseman

Label
The orphan collector
Title
The orphan collector
Statement of responsibility
Ellen Marie Wiseman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the fall of 1918, thirteen-year-old German immigrant Pia Lange longs to be far from Philadelphia's overcrowded slums and the anti-immigrant sentiment that compelled her father to enlist in the U.S. Army. But as her city celebrates the end of war, an even more urgent threat arrives: the Spanish flu. Funeral crepe and quarantine signs appear on doors as victims drop dead in the streets and desperate survivors wear white masks to ward off illness. When food runs out in the cramped tenement she calls home, Pia must venture alone into the quarantined city in search of supplies, leaving her baby brothers behind. Bernice Groves has become lost in grief and bitterness since her baby died from the Spanish flu. Watching Pia leave her brothers alone, Bernice makes a shocking, life-altering decision. It becomes her sinister mission to tear families apart when they're at their most vulnerable, planning to transform the city's orphans and immigrant children into what she feels are "true Americans." Waking in a makeshift hospital days after collapsing in the street, Pia is frantic to return home. Instead, she is taken to St. Vincent's Orphan Asylum--the first step in a long and arduous journey. As Bernice plots to keep the truth hidden at any cost in the months and years that follow, Pia must confront her own shame and fear, risking everything to see justice--and love--triumph at last. Powerful, harrowing, and ultimately exultant, The Orphan Collector is a story of love, resilience, and the lengths we will go to protect those who need us most
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NFR
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Wiseman, Ellen Marie
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919
  • Immigrants
  • Orphans
  • Orphanages
Target audience
adult
Label
The orphan collector, Ellen Marie Wiseman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes a reading group guide
Control code
on1177861954
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9781496715869
Label
The orphan collector, Ellen Marie Wiseman
Publication
Note
Includes a reading group guide
Control code
on1177861954
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9781496715869

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